Austria-based Aqua Engineering and Energy Recovery (ERI) have signed a supply agreement for PX energy recovery devices for the 24 million gallons per day (MGD) plant.

The plant was awarded to Aqua Engineering, a subsidiary of Christ Water Technology, by the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA). The overall capacity of the Hamriyah facility will be 120MGD of fresh water by reverse osmosis technology and 48MGD by a thermal desalination process called multiple effect distillation.

The first phase of the project will include 104 PX-260 energy recovery devices which will save an estimated 13MW of power. Designed with a total of eight seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) trains operating in parallel, the devices are expected to provide fail-safe redundancy and reliability with little or no down-time.

The plant is under construction and scheduled for start-up in 2009. Initial work on the site includes the construction of a 600MW power plant. The SEWA project will eventually supply 2,000MW of power and 168MGD of desalinated water.