ENOWA, ITOCHU and Veolia sign a memorandum of understanding
- Partners will explore cooperation to build a state-of-the-art desalination plant powered by 100% renewable energy
- Located in OXAGON and aiming to produce its first waters in 2024, the plant will use a high recovery reverse osmosis process producing separated and highly concentrated brine streams in addition to desalinated water.
- Brine streams will be used as feedstock to produce minerals and precious metals and achieve 100% zero liquid discharge in downstream brine industries fully developed by ENOWA
- MoU supports ENOWA’s ambitions to develop a sustainable water system
NEOM, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: ENOWA, the energy, water and hydrogen subsidiary of NEOM, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japanese trading company ITOCHU and Veolia, a world leader in water management solutions, waste and energy. As part of the MoU, the companies have agreed to collaborate to develop a one-of-a-kind selective desalination plant powered by 100% renewable energy in OXAGON, NEOM’s advanced manufacturing and innovation city.
Scheduled to produce its first water in 2024, the new facility will be key to achieving ENOWA’s ambitions of creating a sustainable and abundant water supply for residential, industrial and commercial use. In line with NEOM’s commitment to developing a circular economy, the new state-of-the-art plant will use advanced membrane technology to produce separate brine streams. This allows ENOWA to produce brine-derived products, which will be developed and monetized downstream. Brine, which is generally considered a waste product from desalination, will be used to produce significant quantities of valuable industrial materials that can be used locally or exported overseas.
Commenting on the MoU, Peter Terium, CEO of ENOWAsaid: “Partnering with world leaders in sustainable water solutions is key to NEOM’s ambition to become a global benchmark for integrated sustainable water systems. At ENOWA, our vision is to create sustainable abundance of life’s most essential elements, all in harmony with nature We will produce, treat and reuse water in one of the most water-stressed regions in the world, through sustainable, innovative and integrated solutions. new desalination plant is an example of the kind of sustainable infrastructure and circular economy we are developing to achieve our zero carbon footprint and zero waste goals.”
The new plant will meet NEOM’s water needs with a production capacity of 500,000 m3 of desalinated water per day by project completion in 2025, or approximately 30% of NEOM’s total water demand. In line with NEOM’s environmental objectives, it will use advanced and innovative membrane separation technologies to produce water, as well as concentrated brine streams. This allows the brine to be classified as a product rather than a waste, thus minimizing the environmental impact of the plant and redefining the entire business model of desalination plants of the future. The brine generated by the desalination plant will be processed by ENOWA to supply industries using raw materials of high purity industrial salt, bromine, boron, potassium, gypsum, magnesium and rare metals.
Kenji Otsuka, CEO of ITOCHU’s Middle East Blockadded: “ITOCHU is honored and proud to collaborate with ENOWA and Veolia to develop this landmark desalination plant at NEOM which advances the concept of zero liquid discharge. With our global experience, ITOCHU will strengthen our contribution to a sustainable lifestyle in accordance with objective of the Kingdom and of NEOM to create a low-carbon, recycling-oriented and innovative society.
Pascal Grante, CEO Near and Middle East, Veoliasaid: “Veolia is delighted to partner with ENOWA and ITOCHU to support the development of NEOM. The project is part of the circular economy model that Veolia wishes to deploy in all its projects around the world.
This MoU supports ENOWA’s ambition to develop advanced green desalination systems and create future water solutions to address global water scarcity. ENOWA’s Water Team is changing the future of water supply with pioneering desalination systems and technologies. Gavin Van Tonder, Executive Director of ENOWA’s Water Sector, said, “ENOWA aims to provide a model for green and sustainable water production, management and treatment, which can be scaled up around the world. The technology developed under this MoU and used in NEOM to provide water could be exported to other countries to address global water scarcity.
Launched in March 2022, ENOWA is committed to transforming nature’s abundance through design and technology by leveraging NEOM’s clean slate approach and establishing the production and regulation of energy, water and hydrogen using circular systems and a sustainable economic framework, realizing a substantial return on investment with a zero footprint. .
ENOWA is a world-class energy, water and hydrogen company founded in NEOM, Saudi Arabia. ENOWA produces and delivers clean, sustainable resources for industrial and commercial applications using a customer-centric smart and connected system designed to be circular and leverages NEOM’s optimal solar and wind energy profile. ENOWA benefits from NEOM’s pristine site, which has no legacy infrastructure, to advance innovation in energy, water and hydrogen. ENOWA will act as a catalyst and incubator for the development of new sustainable energy and water businesses while creating a robust regional economic sector. Through its commitment to renewable energy and efficient water management, ENOWA seeks to become a global benchmark for industry leaders and to set a benchmark for sustainable economic circular systems worldwide.
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NEOM is an accelerator of human progress and a vision of what a New Future could look like. This is a region of northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – a place where entrepreneurship will chart the course for this new future. It will be a destination and a home for people who dream big and want to help build a new model of exceptional livability, create thriving businesses and reinvent environmental preservation.
NEOM will include hyperconnected and cognitive cities, ports and enterprise zones, research centers, sports and entertainment venues and tourist destinations. As an innovation hub, entrepreneurs, business leaders and companies will come to research, incubate and commercialize new technologies and businesses in innovative ways. NEOM residents will embody an international ethos and embrace a culture of exploration, risk-taking and diversity – all underpinned by progressive law consistent with international standards and conducive to economic growth.
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The history of ITOCHU Corporation dates back to 1858 when the company’s founder, Chubei Itoh, started linen trading operations. Since then, ITOCHU has evolved and grown for 160 years. With around 100 bases in 62 countries, ITOCHU, one of the leading “sogo shosha”, engages in domestic trade, import/export and overseas trade of various products such as textile, machinery , metals, energy, chemicals, food, general trade. commodities, real estate, information and communications technology, and finance, as well as business investment in Japan and overseas.
ITOCHU views investment in water resources as an urgent necessity in light of the increasing demand for water associated with global population growth, economic development and global warming and wishes to promote projects that contribute to the efficient use of water resources in the Middle East and other parts of the world. , as well as environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments.
The Veolia group aims to be the reference company in ecological transformation. With nearly 220,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and offers innovative, useful and practical solutions for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary businesses, Veolia contributes to developing access to resources, to preserving available resources and to replenishing them. In 2021, the Veolia group supplied 79 million inhabitants with drinking water and 61 million with sanitation, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours and recovered 48 million tonnes of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) achieved consolidated revenue of €28,508 billion in 2021. www.veolia.com