Marsa Alam solar-powered desalination plant goes operational

Marsa Alam solar-powered desalination plant goes operational

The Marsa Alam water desalination plant, has become operational. The plant, located in Egypt’s Red Sea governorate, is situated 747.3 km away from Cairo, the capital city.

The project was a partnership of KarmWater, the water solutions division of Egyptian company KarmSolar, with the Red Sea Diving Safari-Marsa Shagra hotel complex and construction began two years ago.

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Water requirements

With a daily capacity of 300 m3, the new desalination plant will meet 100% of the water requirements for the Red Sea Diving Safari – Marsa Shagra complex throughout the year. The water produced by the plant will be supplied to the hotel’s guests through a distribution network.

Additionally, the desalinated water can be utilized for irrigation purposes to address water stress and enhance crop yields. KarmWater states that the salinity of this water is 42% better than other conventional water sources in the Red Sea governorate.

The Marsa Alam desalination plant is currently powered by solar energy to the extent of 30%. KarmSolar’s Marsa Alam Solar Grid supplies this clean energy, and there are plans to increase the solar power contribution to 100% within the next decade.

The CEO of KarmSolar, Ahmed Zahran, explains that this development aligns with their vision of becoming a multi-utility provider. Previously, the solar grid in Marsa Alam supplied electricity to customers in the area, and now it will also serve as a reliable and cost-effective source of water for them.