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Golden Helmet Award and HSE Exhibition

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Environment Health and Safety Division (EHSD) organized the “Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)” competition for contractors and consultants in the Building and Construction sectors.

Metito LLC Abu Dhabi was awarded the Golden Helmet Award for the Best Performing HSE Management System award, meeting the standards set by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and ISO 45001:2018.

Quality, Health, Safety and the Environment are key priorities for Metito and this award in in line with our founding principles: Impact, Sustainability, Innovation.

Metito excels at PFI Awards 2024

Metito and its partners strike gold at the 2023 Project Finance International (PFI) awards ceremony, sealing two of the most prestigious awards. PFI has been the publication at the forefront of project finance reporting for the last 25 years.

The awards:

  • Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year – Al Wakra and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant

Metito’s consortium, including Al Attiyah Motors & Trading Company and Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), was honored with the ‘Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year’ award for the ‘Al Wakra and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant (STP)’ project in Qatar.

This milestone project, awarded by the Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) in 2022, involves the development, design, build, finance, and procurement of a 150,000 m3/day sewage treatment works (STW) project under a PPP agreement. It is the first sewage treatment PPP project in Qatar and aligns with Qatar’s 2030 Vision for sustainable water management.

  • The Sustainable Deal of the Year – Project Wave

Another remarkable achievement for Metito was the ‘Sustainable Deal of the Year’ award for ‘Project Wave’, a $2.4 billion landmark project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This project, led by a consortium of Orascom Construction and Metito, along with ADNOC and TAQA, will provide more than 110 million imperial gallons per day (500,000 m3/day) of sustainable treated seawater supply for ADNOC’s onshore operations. It also includes the construction of a 75km water transmission pipeline and an in-field distribution network of over 230km to support reservoir pressure maintenance in the Bab and Bu Hasa fields. The project’s implementation will significantly reduce water injection-related energy consumption, connect to the grid for clean energy supply, and contribute over 60% of its value to the UAE economy.

With over 700 industry professionals in attendance, Metito and its partners were recognized for the relentless pursuit of excellence in project finance. All thanks to incredible teamwork, unwavering dedication, and commitment to pioneering innovative project finance solutions to enable more impactful water projects.

Accelerating Kazakhstan’s Water Security Agenda: Metito to develop Kenderli desalination plant with a capacity of 50,000 m3/day

A consortium of Metito, a global provider of intelligent water management solutions, SMK Atameken LLP, Ak Jol Kurylys LLP, and Caspian HES Consulting LLP, has been awarded the contract for the development of a 50,000 m3/day desalination plant in the Mangystau region by Ak Su KMG LLP, a part of the KazMunayGaz holding. Located on Kazakhstan’s Caspian coast, Mangystau region, Kenderli Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Project will serve the Zhanaozen city, as well as a future resort development at Kenderli Bay.

Kazakhstan’s water supply could experience substantial deficits by 2040, projected at 50% of its required volume, attributed to climate change alongside population growth, rapid urbanization, and industrialization. The Kenderli SWRO project is in line with Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev’s recommendations to address the region’s water supply concerns through the accelerated introduction of water-saving technologies, a directive he reinforced at the 28th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP28) which took place in Dubai in November 2023.

Kenderli SWRO will leverage Metito’s high-value engineering capabilities and will implement innovative and efficient technologies for optimized operations. Upon completion, the facility will have the capacity to provide potable water needs for the Zhanaozen city and Kenderli recreation area. Presently, the city sources its potable water from the Kigach River (Atyrau region) along the pipeline of around 1000 km in length, serving communities in Mangystau region.

“Water security is essential for the sustainable development of any economy. While the Kenderli SWRO will serve thousands of residents with potable water, it will also generate a positive ripple effect on the growth of tourism, entrepreneurship, and agriculture in the area, highlighting the importance and grave impact of such projects not just on the local communities, but on wider economic growth. This project also marks Metito’s second project in the country and is in line with the company’s strategic expansion plans in Central Asia,” commented Talal Ghandour, Chief Executive Officer, Metito Overseas.

The construction is set to begin in March 2024, up to 15 months timeline for project delivery.

Metito inks historic agreement to pioneer Public-Private Partnerships in the water sector in Kazakhstan

Metito, a global provider of intelligent water management solutions, has signed the Heads of Agreement with Kazakhstan Investment Development Fund (KIDF), Kazakhstan Centre for Modernization and Development of Housing and Communal Services JSC, and Akimat of Akmola region for the implementation of a transformative wastewater treatment project in the city of Kokshetau.

Signed in the Central Asia Pavilion at the 28th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP28) last week in the presence of senior officials, including Kazakhstan Minister of Energy, Almassadam Satkaliyev, and Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Yerlan Nyssanbayev, the agreement is another key milestone in Metito’s expansion in Central Asia and marks the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the water and wastewater sector in the Republic.

“Kazakhstan’s leadership is very forward-looking – President Kassym – Jomart Tokayev has stressed the importance of water security at multiple addresses throughout the year – including at COP 28 – highlighting the need for the accelerated introduction of water-saving technologies to mitigate a looming water crisis. We are honoured to partner with the government of Kazakhstan to support the realization of its water security goals through pioneering the first PPP of its kind in the Republic,” commented Rami Ghandour, Chief Executive Officer, Metito Utilities Limited.

“Partnering with top-tier global firms like Metito can facilitate investments, recruitment of skilled professionals and cutting-edge technologies, fostering the advancement and enhancement of sewage systems. Given Metito’s vast expertise across multiple countries, they can play a pivotal role in assisting Kazakhstan in its objectives related to wastewater treatment,” said Zhandos Temirgali, Acting Chairman of Kazakhstan’s national investment agency Kazakh Invest.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, Kazakhstan is experiencing shortages of water resources, with the country forecasted to face significant shortfalls amounting to 50% of its needs by 2040. Since almost all sectors of the economy depend on water, due to its deficiency in the region’s GDP water availability may decrease by 6% by 2050. Metito will be investing in the Kokshetau wastewater treatment project as a private developer and will conduct a comprehensive study and propose detailed solutions to the city and municipality.

“When it comes to developing such capital-intensive infrastructure projects, the Public-Private Partnership scheme remains to be the best formula. We are currently invested in nine PPP’s across multiple markets, and this marks our tenth partnership. We are confident that this project will become an exemplar one in the region setting a new benchmark, and we look forward to working closely with all stakeholders involved,” concluded Ghandour.

New Delta Treatment Plant Recognitions!

The New Delta Treatment plant, developed by the JV comprising Metito, Orascom Construction PLC, Hassan Allam Holding, The Arab Contractors, was awarded some of the most coveted industry awards;
Engineering News-Record (ENR) Global Best Projects Awards 2023 (Water projects Category)
MEED | Middle East Economic Digest Projects Awards : National Winner Water Treatment Project of the Year – Egypt
Big 5 Global : Partnership of the Year -The Middle East
– Big 5 Impact Awards: Power and Water Project of the Year 2023
– Big 5 Egypt Impact Awards: Partnership of the Year -The Middle East

Earlier this year, the project also secured four Guinness World Records.

The New Delta Treatment plant is the largest of its kind in the world, with a capacity of 7.5 million cubic meters per day, and it serves as a fundamental component of Egypt’s water agenda and strategy for expanding the agricultural area by optimizing freshwater usage and constructing climate-smart water infrastructure. This global recognition is a testament to the unwavering commitment and teamwork behind this world-class project that is revolutionizing and setting unprecedented agricultural and environmental preservation standards. The project is not just a milestone for Egypt but for the world.

COP28 Unveils the Signing of Two Large Scale Innovative Water Projects Using Alternative Energy in Morocco

Metito Utilities and Tahliya Group sign an agreement to jointly develop two projects in Morocco.

Dubai, Dec. 5th —President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco signed a declaration on December 4th,2023, to develop a “solid and innovative partnership” in efforts to develop economic, trade, and investment cooperation. Following this announcement, Metito Utilities, a global investor and developer of sustainable water management solutions and climate resilient water assets, signed an agreement with Tahliya Group, a prominent UAE-based infrastructure company specializing in power generation and desalinated water production plants in Africa. Together, Metito and Tahliya intend to develop a multi-user irrigation project, by way of desalinated water, in Morrocco. The desalination projects will be powered by renewable energy.

The official signing ceremony took place at the Metito’s offices in the National Industries Park in Dubai, coinciding with the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event was hosted by Rami Ghandour, CEO Metito Utilities and Zouheir Bensaid, the Chairman and CEO of Tahliya Group.

In response to the unveiling of this strategic partnership, Rami Ghandour expressed, “Metito’s founding principles are Impact, Sustainability, and Innovation. Guided by these principles, we are thrilled to join forces with Tahliya Group to adeptly tackle pressing issues concerning water scarcity, food security, and sustainable development in Morocco. Leveraging Metito’s proficiency in high-value engineering, coupled with our proven track record in developing large-scale desalination plants, and Tahliya Group’s expertise in infrastructure development, we are poised to establish a sustained and meaningful impact through the projects we are developing together.”  Metito has topped the global charts for being the provider of the largest desalination plants, in capacity, for 2 years in a row 2021-22 and 2022-23 as announced by the Global Water Intelligence report.

Zouheir Bensaid, Chairman and CEO of Tahliya Group, underscored the significance of both projects, “Aligned with the UN Sustainability Development Goals, Metito and Tahliya Group, will mark a new milestone in the water industry by developing alternative energy powered desalination plants at a scale, for the purpose of irrigation in Morocco.  Both companies possess all essential attributes and a shared vision that positions this collaboration as one poised for genuine impact on the communities and individuals we aim to reach through our projects. We are confident that our projects will result in substantial and far-reaching effects.”

Morocco is a key market for Metito and Tahliya which promises immense potential as an investment hub, given the nation’s diverse assets and conducive business climate. Metito will examine mobilising multiple pockets of capital and expertise to realise the planned projects, including potentially Africa Water Infrastructure Development (AWID).

Metito topped the charts again as the World Top Desalination Plant Supplier List

Awarded #1 on the 2022-23 List of  ‘’World’s Top Desalination Plant Suppliers’’

For the second consecutive year, Metito has been listed  ‘’World Top Desalination Plant Suppliers’’ by Global Water Intelligence (GWI) magazine, a leading publisher and event’s organizer for the international water industry. The list is ranked by the awarded capacity and published in GWI Magazine, October 2023 issue.

Scaling up desalination plants and optimizing operations through high-value engineering, advanced technology, and efficient management has been fundamental in Metito’s pursuit of enabling water security and addressing water scarcity. Ranking up this annual chart is a testament to the trust Metito acquired over the years as a leading provider of intelligent water management solutions and reflects Metito’s founding principles of Impact, Sustainability, and Innovation.

GWI’s Top 20 Desalination Plant Suppliers list is sourced from the GWI DesalData and International Desalination Association (IDA) – Desal Plant Inventory and is published annually. This top chart shows the leading suppliers of plants contracted since the start of 2022.

Egypt’s New Delta Treatment Plant Sets Four Guinness World Records, Revolutionizing and Setting Unprecedented Agriculture and Environmental Preservation Standards

  • The world’s largest plant of its type, the New Delta Agricultural Wastewater Treatment Plant in Egypt, serves as a fundamental component of Egypt’s water agenda and strategy for expanding agricultural area 

CAIRO, EgyptEgypt’s New Delta Agriculture Wastewater Treatment, Recycling and Reuse Plant, the world’s largest of its type, breaks more records. The plant, developed by a JV of Metito, Orascom Construction, The Arab Contractors, and Hassan Allam Construction, under a mandate from the Ministry of Defense, Armed Forces Engineering Authority Water Department, made history by achieving four prestigious Guinness World Records (GWR). 

Boasting an impressive capacity of 7.5 million cubic meters per day, the New Delta plant is a live testament to Egypt’s unwavering commitment to achieving water security through optimizing the usage of fresh water and building climate-smart water infrastructure. With a progressing water agenda, this plant is in line with the Government’s strategy to expand agricultural lands and build more resilient communities.

The New Delta Plant has been awarded four significant GWR titles; The largest water treatment facility, spanning a massive size of 320,600 square meters; The largest water treatment plant with a capacity of 86.8 m3 per second; The largest epoxy coating in a building, covering an expansive area of 520,339 square meters; The largest sludge treatment plant, showcasing a substantial capacity of 670.01 kilograms.

The New Delta Treatment plant provides irrigation for approximately 1.2 million acres of agricultural land west of the Nile Delta area and aims at a strategic scale to remove pollution from Marriout Lake and the Mediterranean Sea coast in Alexandria and, in parallel, cultivate an area characterized by the quality of arable land and the subsequent development activities in all fields. The New Delta Treatment Plant also contributes effectively to mitigating climate change in the existing Delta area, drains, and pumping stations by diverting wastewater and floods that contribute to the sinking of lands in Behira Governorate to the New Delta area. During rainy and flood seasons, irrigation water can be reduced from the High Dam, as the New Delta Project contributes to absorbing this surplus water.

Orascom Construction – Metito Consortium Achieves Financial Close for a Large-Scale Seawater Treatment and Water Transportation Project in Abu Dhabi Worth USD 2.2 Billion

Mega greenfield project will be developed under a build, own, operate, and transfer (BOOT) concession model with a tenor of 30 years

25 September 2023: A consortium of Orascom Construction and Metito, together with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company PJSC (ADNOC) and Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), has achieved the successful financial close in record time for a large-scale seawater treatment and water transportation project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The project will comprise a seawater nanofiltration plant with a treatment capacity of more than 110 million imperial gallons per day (500,000 m3/day) in addition to a water transmission pipeline of approximately 75km, and an in-field distribution network of more than 230km to support reservoir pressure maintenance in the Bab and Bu Hasa fields in Abu Dhabi.

This important milestone allows the project to move at full speed on the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) level, with commercial operations scheduled for June 2026.

The investment to develop the project, worth USD 2.2 billion, is comprised of a combination of debt and equity. Non-recourse project financing will be provided by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates Development Bank, Emirates NBD Bank, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Gulf International Bank, Natixis, and Warba Bank.

Southeast Asia’s Largest Desalination Plant Project Awarded to Consortium of Metito and VA TECH WABAG

  • The 400,000m³/day Perur SWRO Desalination plant marks Metito’s first mega desalination project in India
  • The project will supply clean drinking water to over 2.7 million residents in the South Chennai area.

24 August 2023: The JV of VA TECH WABAG (WABAG)- a global leader in innovative water management solutions and Metito – a leading provider of intelligent water solutions signed the contract to develop a 400,000m³/day Perur Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB). The project aims to enhance water security and ensure a steadfast supply of clean potable water to over 2.7 million people residing in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu’s South Chennai area.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Thiru M. K. Stalin, laid the foundation stone for the plant at a ceremony in the state-capital Chennai marking an important milestone for the entire region.

The scope of the JV –covers the entire spectrum of project development – from design and engineering to procurement, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning over a period of 42 months, which will followed by 20 years of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the plant. The desalination process includes Lamella Clarifiers, Dissolved Air Flotation System, Gravity Dual Media Filters, Reverse Osmosis, and Re-mineralization. The joint venture will be led by WABAG,  headquartered in India.

Commenting on the contract award, Fady Juez, Metito’s Managing Director, said, “, “It’s an honor to develop this landmark desalination project alongside our partner in India. The world is facing significant water scarcity issues, and the need for climate-resilient, sustainable water infrastructure is critical. India is a region of high stress due to various factors and securing million liters of desalinated water daily is inherently aligned with our founding principles of Impact, Sustainability, and Innovation. The Indian Government has been promoting various adaptation and preservation strategies to manage water resources more effectively and this project will be a benchmark project for, Chennai, India, and the entire Southeast Asia water scene. We look forward to applying our high-value engineering and integrating the latest technologies to ensure optimum performance and world-class quality output. “

Commenting on this monumental achievement, Mr. Rajiv Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, VA Tech WABAG, Said, “We are glad to be part of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu’s sustainable initiatives for ensuring water security for Chennai City through using innovative water solutions. With the completion of the project, Chennai will emerge as the Desalination Capital of India, with producing over 750 million liters of desalinated water every day out of which WABAG’s contribution will rise to an impressive 70%. The 400 MLD SWRO Desalination Plant will stand as a testament to ingenuity, innovation, and a shared vision for a more sustainable and resilient future for the city and the state. The undertaking of this project underscores WABAG’s dominant position in the global desalination market.”