An advanced wastewater treatment plant, set up by Hitachi Plant Technologies, Japan together with the Ras al- Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) and Al Ghurair at the Al Ghail Industrial Park in Ras al-Khaimah was recently inaugurated by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, son of H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
The Al Ghail Water Recycling project comprises a 2,000 m³/day MBR-based wastewater treatment plant coupled to a 1,000 m³/day RO plant, which will polish the treated effluent for industrial usage as an alternative to scarce potable water. Manabu Shimokawa, Vice President & Executive Officer, Hitachi Plant Technologies, said that the plant has been designed to achieve the stringent quality standards laid down internationally for unrestricted public access irrigation and will produce treated effluent suitable for industrial and irrigation purposes. Essa Al Ghurair, Vice-Chairman, Al Ghurair, added, “The main objective of the project is to provide the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah with the best sustainable, environmental and economical wastewater recycling and treatment solution.” The project was funded by Japan’s R&D organisation NEDO (New Energy Development and Industrial Technology Organisation) as a research project for wastewater treatment and re-use in the emirate. The aim of the project is to establish a business model through a three-year experimental study. NEDO is a R&D organisation established by Japan in 1980 to work on industrial new energy, energy conservation and environmental technology by means of government, industry and academic cooperation.
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