The impact of desalination projects on the power grid: Insights from Gulf states

Desalinating sea water has the potential to meet the increasing water demand beyond conventional freshwater resources. Up until recent years, desalination projects were limited to a handful of countries given the associated high costs and energy consumption. However, technological advancements have paved the way for larger utilization of desalination projects. Namely, Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology achieved record low prices for desalinated water making it a feasible solution for water supply. Also, SWRO technology has achieved remarkable energy efficiency gains in the past years making it the preferred technology for seawater desalination. This Energy Insight examines the power demand profile of SWRO technology, incorporating insights and best practices from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which is recognized as a global leader in deploying desalination projects.

By: Amjad Khashman