Maintenance for seawater desalination plant in Kuwait

June 07, 2016

Bilfinger will be responsible for the maintenance of the Shuwaikh desalination plant in Kuwait for the next three years. Babcock Borsig Steinmüller Kuwait has been awarded a framework agreement worth € 15 million by the Ministry of Electricity & Water in Kuwait (MEW). It includes preventive maintenance work for electrical, mechanical and control technology components at the desalination plant, which desalinates around 136 million liters of water per day. “With this agreement we are contributing to the public water supply for around 5% of the population in Kuwait. It highlights our service competence for complex plants. Furthermore, it is a key milestone in the implementation of our strategy of reducing the high-risk project business,” says Mohsen Moussaoui, Managing Director of Babcock Borsig Steinmüller Kuwait.

The desalination plant in Shuwaikh uses a reverse osmosis process. The seawater is forced through a membrane at high pressure in order to overcome osmotic pressure, which physically separates the salts. In this way, drinking water is obtained from saltwater in a multi-stage process.

MEW is a long-standing customer of Bilfinger. For 25 years the company from Kuwait has carried out, among other things, the annual preventative and corrective maintenance work of all disciplines for power plants and desalination plants.