Modern Water has announced the installation and commissioning of its 200 m3/day forward osmosis desalination plant at Al Najdah in the Al Wusta region of Oman.
Modern Water was awarded the contract, worth OMR250,000, to build and operate the plant in June 2011 by Oman’s Public Authority for Electricity and Water (PAEW). It is the world’s first commercial forward osmosis desalination plant and the Group’s second plant in Oman.
The plant started producing product water at full capacity in July and during August testing was undertaken which saw the water quality exceed contractual standards. The plant is now operating commercially at full capacity and the Group has now entered into the 12 month operation and maintenance (O&M) phase.
Al Najdah plant is vital to the area as it supplies the local community with a much needed source of clean drinking water. Modern Water has also recruited, and is now training, a number of people from the local community who are employed as part of the site operations team.
Neil McDougall, Executive Chairman of Modern Water, said: “This is a key achievement for Modern Water and an important sign of things to come. We are the world’s first company to apply forward osmosis technology in a commercial setting, using our patented process. The results are in line with the high expectations we set ourselves. Our unique technology greatly reduces both energy and operational costs whilst improving the quality of the water supplied. We offer a sustainable solution that has become increasingly attractive to this multi-billion dollar marketplace.”