ENGIE's Desalination Center of Excellence: Pioneering Sustainable Water Solutions

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ENGIE's Desalination Center of Excellence: Pioneering Sustainable Water Solutions

By Dr. Latifa Lahsine, Head of Desalination Centre of Excellence, ENGIE

In a monumental step towards combating the global challenge of water scarcity, ENGIE, a leader in low-carbon energy and services, proudly unveiled its Desalination Center of Excellence on December 10, 2023, at COP28 in the UAE. This strategic initiative aligns seamlessly with ENGIE’s commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2045 and stands as a crucial milestone in the quest for sustainable water solutions in our rapidly evolving world.

The launch, occurring on COP’s thematic day focused on ‘Food, Agriculture, and Water,’ drew a distinguished audience from around the globe, including water and desalination experts, top executives, and government dignitaries. The Center’s mission is rooted in leveraging more than three decades of desalination expertise to address water scarcity through innovative, clean, and safe water solutions.

As the second-largest producer of desalinated water in the GCC, ENGIE produces an impressive 5.8 million cubic meters of desalinated water daily. The Desalination Center of Excellence is a testament to ENGIE’s commitment to securing access to sustainable water for people, ensuring that future generations can flourish and live in Harmony.

2000 MIGD by 2030, with 1300 MIGD already installed and an additional 340MIGD under construction. By 2025, ENGIE aims to have 1650 MIGD installed, reinforcing its role as a major player in sustainable desalination.

The Desalination Center of Excellence is poised to become a global exemplar in desalination, driving technological advancement and sustainable practices through collaboration, research, and education. ENGIE’s approach centers on collaboration and resilience, envisioning a future where communities and industries thrive on sustainable water resources.

The key focus areas include:

  1. Actively engaging with governments to support their planning and implementation of new desalination plants. This collaborative approach ensures a harmonious integration of sustainable water solutions into broader national strategies.
  2. Working closely with regional R&D initiatives, ENGIE aims to deepen the understanding of water needs and related challenges and optimize desalination treatment processes. This research-driven approach is fundamental to enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of desalination technologies.
  3. The Center is committed to optimizing the energy efficiency of desalination assets. By combining desalination with greener energy sources and advanced and more efficient Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology, ENGIE has already demonstrated a path to more energy-efficient and low-carbon water production.
  4. ENGIE is actively improving the technologies used in desalination assets. This commitment to innovation ensures that the Center remains at the forefront of technological advancements in the field.
  5. Recognizing the importance of fostering innovation, ENGIE is collaborating with start-ups. These partnerships aim to catalyze the development and adoption of cutting-edge technologies that contribute to sustainable and efficient desalination practices.

Water scarcity poses a growing threat worldwide, with billions facing water access challenges and regions grappling with the impacts of climate change. In the Middle East, desalination has emerged as a critical solution to water needs. ENGIE’s Desalination Center of Excellence embodies the spirit of innovation and collaboration, striving for solutions that ensure water security while minimizing environmental impacts.

ENGIE’s Desalination Center of Excellence represents more than just a physical hub for technical expertise; it symbolizes the unleashing of the group’s desalination know-how and experience to drive strategic and operational decisions. With a legacy of over 30 years in desalination, ENGIE brings a wealth of expertise to the forefront, contributing to the Center’s mission of addressing water scarcity through innovative, clean, and safe water solutions.

ENGIE’s commitment goes beyond being a significant desalinated water producer in the GCC; it extends to making a meaningful impact on the global water landscape. The Center’s focus on optimizing energy efficiency, improving technologies, and supporting startups underscores ENGIE’s dedication to driving positive change in the desalination sector.

As the world grapples with the challenges of water scarcity and climate change, ENGIE’s leadership in desalination sets a precedent for responsible corporate stewardship. The Center’s initiatives, driven by collaboration, research, and innovation, pave the way for a water-secure and climate-resilient future.

In the spirit of “securing access to sustainable water for people so that future generations flourish and live in harmony,” ENGIE’s Desalination Center of Excellence calls on governments, industry partners, and stakeholders worldwide to join hands in addressing the global water crisis. Together, we can create a world where water is not just a resource but a sustainable legacy for generations to come.

Source: IDRA Global Connections Magazine: Winter 2024

ENGIE's Desalination Center of Excellence: Pioneering Sustainable Water Solutions

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