The return of the private finance model to the desalination industry has brought with it a slew of record breaking low bids for the price of water. We have broken through the $0.50/m3 barrier and are eyeing the next goal: $0.40/m3. It would be a game-changer for the industry, dramatically broadening the potential market for the technology.
But it is not going to be achieved by simply squeezing the supply chain. We need out of the box thinking. That is why we are bringing together all the key players in the industry to map the way forward at this exclusive invitation-only workshop ahead of the 2019 Global Water Summit in London.
It will look at three specific issues which need to be addressed by the industry as a whole rather than through the actions of individual participants. These are:
1) Optimising tender specifications and costing technical limits: The cost of desalination is increasingly in the detail of the specification. We need to investigate the costs and the benefits of these to develop the optimal way forward.
2) Opening the way for new technologies: As the size of desalination plants grows we need to ensure that there is still a pathway for new technologies to move quickly from lab to pilot and commercial scale-up.
3) Mapping the direction of innovation: The next big step forward for seawater desalination could come from many different directions: membrane materials, pretreatment systems, digital systems, renewable energy, new configurations, higher recovery. What doors do we need to keep open to make this a possibility?
The objective of the workshop is to convene a working group of the key participants in the large scale seawater desalination industry to draw up a strategy for delivering water at $0.40/m3 within five years.
A number of key participants have already been invited to this invitation only workshop, but we will accept and review registrations of interest for other potentially relevant parties.
Khaled Al Qureshi, Managing Director, WEC, Saudi Arabia
The invitation list also includes the key off-takers, engineering consultants, project developers, EPC contractors and equipment suppliers active in the market. The following organisations have confirmed their participation at the event:
Abengoa – EPC
Acciona – EPC/Developer
ACWA Power – Developer
Almar Water – Developer
Ayesa – Engineer
Diam (Oman) – Public Water Agency
Fichtner – Engineer
IDA – Association
ILF – Engineer
Sustainable Water and Power Consultants – Engineer
Veolia Sidem – EPC Contractor
WEC (Saudi Arabia) – Off-taker
Undoubtedly this is a must-attend event for anyone wishing to shape the future of the desalination industry, but in order to maximise the value of the outcomes of the workshop we are restricting participation to those who have the most to contribute to the discussion.
You can apply to be part of the group by registering your interest. We will assess your application and issue an invitation to participate as relevant.
|DAY 0, MONDAY 8TH APRIL 2019|
|12.00 – 13.00||
Registration and Lunch
|13.00 – 14.00||
Tender Specifications and Technical Limits
|14.00 – 15.00||
Barriers to New Technologies
|15.00 – 15.30||
|15.30 – 16.30||
|16.30 – 17.00||