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ADNOC and TAQA announce major project for sustainable water supply to onshore operations

Exploration & Production

ADNOC and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) have announced the award of a strategic investment project estimated at up to US$2.4 bn (AED 8.8bn) to provide sustainable water supply for ADNOC’s onshore operations 

ADNOC and TAQA will jointly hold a 51% majority stake (25.5% each) in the project company, and the remaining 49% stake has been awarded to a consortium comprised of Orascom Construction and Metito. The consortium will arrange the project financing for the construction phase and develop the project under a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) model, with the full project being returned to ADNOC after 30 years of operation. 

The project will develop a centralised world-class seawater treatment facility and transportation network for operations at the Bab and Bu Hasa fields in Abu Dhabi. It will involve replacing the current high-salinity, deep aquifer water systems at the fields, thereby reducing water injection related energy consumption by up to 30%. The project will be connected to the grid and will receive 100% of its power from clean energy sources. It will deliver more than 110mn imperial gallons per day (MIGD) of nano filtered seawater through 75km of transportation and over 230 km of distribution pipelines and two pumping stations, supplying sustainable water for ADNOC’s onshore operations.

Abdulmunim Al Kindy, ADNOC Upstream executive director, said, “We are delighted to partner with TAQA and other industry leaders in this strategic project that will reduce our environmental footprint and unlock significant value as we continue to decarbonise and future proof our operations. With a substantial portion of the project value flowing back into the UAE economy, this landmark initiaitive will further stimulate economic and industrial growth and create commercial opportunities for the private sector, in line with the UAE Leadership’s wise directives.”

Jasim Husain Thabet, TAQA’s Group CEO and managing director, said, “As a champion for low carbon power and water, TAQA is pleased to partner again with ADNOC, this time to advance the UAE’s sustainability goals by providing treated seawater for ADNOC’s onshore operations. As a major utility, TAQA is especially committed to partnerships like this that use our expertise to help drive environmental stewardship while maintaining water security and supporting economic growth.”