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Hydrogeology Study for the Masdar Development (United Arab Emirates)

Emirats Arabes Unis

Titre : Hydrogeology Study for the Masdar Development (United Arab Emirates)

Pays : United Arab Emirates

Lead executing agency : Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC)
Commissioned by : Dornier Consulting GmbH (DCO)

Financier  : Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC)
Overall term : July 2008 to December 2009

Abu Dhabi aims to be a user of cutting-edge sustainable technologies. One way in which it is developing innovative solutions is the Masdar Initiative, a sustainable city project led by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC) and Muhammad ibn Zayid Al Nahyan. A major challenge for the United Arab Emirates is how to ensure it has an adequate supply of fresh water. For this purpose, desalination plants are in use around Abu Dhabi. However, such facilities have the adverse effect of raising salt levels in the surrounding waters, which damages the environment. As part of the Masdar initiative, GTZ International Services (GTZ IS) was contracted by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC) to investigate alternative options for the city’s water supply.

An ecologically improved method of extracting water has been developed for the sustainable city of Masdar, and a less harmful hydrological cycle established.

The project involves a hydrology study to assess the potential for groundwater desalination in wells at different depths. It is drilling seven wells for the study. Five of these will be used to monitor water at depths of 42m and 82m, while the other two will explore down to depths of 400m and 275m respectively. After this, an automatic monitoring system will be put in place, which will measures the temperature and the salt-content of the groundwater.
A conceptual design for aquifer storage of treated wastewater and subsequent recharge has been developed. This system consists of seven combined recharge and recovery wells, a pipeline system, a pumping station, a storage tank, a SCADA-system (supervisory control and data acquisition) and an electrical power supply.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

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