UAE slashes water demand – but desal market forges on

Tariff management has paid off for Abu Dhabi, with the emirate cutting water demand forecasts significantly. As the priorities for its still-buoyant desalination market shift to new technology and lower energy usage, is the end of thermal desal in sight?

The introduction of new water tariffs in Abu Dhabi is paying off, with the desal-reliant state readjusting its water demand forecast to a new low this month. Despite this, the emirate is still set to accelerate its desalination capacity-building programme in a bid to replace massive fuelhungry thermal plants with more efficient membrane desalination facilities.

Peak water demand forecasts until...

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