GE and Miahona, a subsidiary of the Arabian Company for Water and Power Development, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate a reliable water supply in Saudi Arabia through the deployment of wastewater treatment technology.

The MOU will combine GE’s global water technology experience with Miahona’s knowledge of regional water needs, to develop a framework for using advanced membrane technology like membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment and zero liquid discharge projects in Saudi Arabia.

The projects aim to leverage GE’s advanced technology and treatment systems to meet the Saudi Arabis’s municipal and industrial wastewater discharge regulations, while helping the Kingdom treat up to 2.2 million cubic meters per day by 2016.

The MOU, which will also lead to cooperation on projects related to well injection, utilizing GE’s advanced oil recovery, follows the opening last year of the 7,500sqm GE Water & Process Technology Center in Dammam, representing a $10m investment.

Miahona managing director Walid Abderrahman said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has one of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East, and the wastewater and water reuse issues need to be addressed now in order to sustain this rapid growth over the next five years.

“We are pleased to be working with GE in the areas of chemicals, equipment and advanced membranes, to deliver innovative and advanced water solutions for the Kingdom and increase the supply of usable water for the country.”