GE and Miahona to help Kingdom meet its water supply demand
The Middle East and North Africa region has five per cent of the world’s population and less than one per cent of the world’s available water supply1, making water reuse a key industry for economic development and sustainability for the growing populations.
With one of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East, the water reuse market in Saudi Arabia is expected to be worth $3.4 billion between 2009 and 2016, making it the third largest water reuse market in the world.2
To help fulfill currentfulfill current and future needs, GE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Miahona, a subsidiary of the Arabian Company for Water and Power Development Ltd. (ACWA Holding) to support the Kingdom’s goal for sustaining a reliable water supply and meet wastewater management requirements.
Saudi Arabia’s advanced treated water reuse capacity is growing annually at a rate exceeding 30 per cent and is expected to reach 2.2 million cubic meters per day by 2016 from its current level of 260,000 cubic meters per day.3 This MOU with Miahona will advance water reuse technology in Kingdom and help it treat up to 2.2 million cubic meters per day by 2016. The MOU will also provide a framework for promoting the use of advanced membrane technology such as Membrane Bioreactors in water reuse and the pursuit of wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse and zero liquid discharge projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The MOU builds on GE’s water technology presence in Saudi Arabia, and follows the opening last year of the 7,500 square meter GE Water & Process Technology Center in Dammam, which represents a $10 million investment.