Algerian desalination

ABB has been awarded $28m by Hyflux to supply electrical equipment for the world’s largest membrane-based reverse-osmosis seawater desalination plant.


ABB has been awarded $28m (£17.2m) by Hyflux to supply electrical equipment for the world’s largest membrane-based reverse-osmosis seawater desalination plant.


The Magtaa desalination plant is being constructed in the west Oran region of Algeria.


Once operational, it will have a capacity of 500,000m3 per day of drinking water to serve about five-million people.


As part of the contract, ABB will set up a 220kV outdoor substation to provide power to the facility and it will also supply power transformers, medium-voltage drives and medium and low-voltage switchgear.


ABB will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the electrical plant system.


The project, which is scheduled for completion by 2011, is part of the Algerian government’s efforts to provide clean drinking water to its growing population.