2013-09-17 13:35:02 -
Fujairah 1 Expansion in UAE Will Save US$14 Million Annually and Provide
600,000 People with Fresh Drinking Water
SAN LEANDRO, Calif., September 17, 2013 - Energy Recovery Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII),
the leader in harnessing reusable energy from industrial fluid flows and
pressure cycles, today announced that ACCIONA Agua has chosen Energy Recovery to
provide its premium PX® Q line of energy recovery devices for the United Arab
Emirates' (UAE) Fujairah 1 Expansion desalination project. With the PX Q
technology, the plant will conserve 83,000 metric tons of CO2 per year -
amounting to 140 million kWh of energy savings and over US$14 million in cost
The project involves the Emirates SembCorp Water & Power Company, a public-
private company made up of the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority
and Singapore's SembCorp water and energy utility who awarded the contract to
ACCIONA Agua and Infrastructure. Fujairah 1 Expansion or F1, is the longest
running hybrid seawater desalination plant in the Middle East, combining thermal
and reverse osmosis technologies. This project will increase water production by
136,500 m³/day totaling the plant's production capacity to 592,000m(3)/day.
Considering that water scarcity in the UAE and in the MENA region will continue
to be a pressing issue, this project could not be happening at a better time.
MENA is home to 6.3 percent of the world's population but has access to only
1.4 percent of the world's renewable fresh water.
According to UAE and Integrated Water and Power Plant regulations, the F1 design
specifications included a 'not-to-exceed' maximum power consumption limit and
only Energy Recovery's isobaric PX Q solution fits this requirement. In
choosing Energy Recovery's PX Q technology, ACCIONA's objectives were two-fold:
to lower the power consumption of water production for the end-user and to
reduce the physical footprint of the energy recovery device trains. When the
original plant was first built in 2003, legacy Pelton technology was chosen.
Now that Fujairah 1 is expanding the facility, the new plant will use an
isobaric design, allowing the end-user to produce water at net-lower power
"Energy Recovery has a long-standing reputation as a premium partner in the UAE
and the MENA region. We want to be vigilant with the specifications of the plant
and the PX Q solution gives us the security we need to fulfill the required
project guarantees," explained Manuel Manjón, International Construction
Director for ACCIONA Agua and Project Manager for the F1 Expansion.
Located in Qidfa, Fujairah, this project is one of several that will come online
throughout the next decade, after many years of delays in the Persian Gulf
region due to the global financial crisis. Since 2012, many projects in the
region's largest economies including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Oman have
rekindled activity. In fact, the UAE recently announced a 51 million dirham (or
US$14 billion) investment plan for water treatment plants for the next four
"It's thrilling to be a part of the UAE's push to advance the hybridization and
technology advancements of desalination plants - and to be on the forefront of
huge growth in the region. From reducing capital costs and lowering carbon
emissions, the companies leading the F1 Expansion effort understand the economic
and environmental benefits of this method," states Tom Rooney, CEO of Energy
Additional Project Details
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See 3D video of the Fujairah plant here>
About Energy Recovery
Energy Recovery Inc. (NASDAQ: ERII) technology harvests power from high-pressure
fluid flows and pressure cycles. Through collaboration with industry, Energy
Recovery helps make industrial processes within water, oil & gas, and other
industries more profitable and environmentally sustainable. With over 14,000
energy recovery devices installed worldwide, Energy Recovery sets the standard
for engineering excellence, cost savings, and technical services to clients
across the globe. Year after year, the company's clean technologies save
clients over $1.2 Billion (USD) in energy costs. Headquartered in the San
Francisco Bay Area, Energy Recovery has offices in Madrid, Shanghai, and
 Acciona press release, January 2013.
 Emirates Projects Magazine, 2013.
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