Abengoa, a Spanish company specialising in green infrastructure, energy and water sectors, said its consortium with top engineering and construction company SepcoIII has begun commercial operation at the Taweelah desalination plant, located 45 km north of Abu Dhabi.

The Taweelah desalination plant has passed the contractual tests for Acwa Power, a leader in the development, ownership and operation of power generation and desalinated water production plants.

With the completion of the first phase, the desalination plant, which is located within the Taweelah power and water generation complex, is now producing 450,000 cu m per day of desalinated water.

Phase Two is currently at an advanced stage of construction and, once ready, it will desalinate a total of 909,000 cu m per day (for phases One and  Two).

Abengoa said its scope of work in the Taweelah desalination plant project has been extensive, including design, engineering, supply of the main equipment, supervision of assembly, commissioning, start-up of the reverse osmosis and post-treatment systems and providing advice on the pre-treatment processes carried out by third parties.