Jordan began a new era in its water sector with the opening of the country’s first seawater desalination plant on 18 March 2017.
This sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant was inaugurated by Prime Minister Hani Mulki of Jordan at Kemapco in the bay of Aqaba, and is set to demonstrate that membrane-based desalination can be successfully applied there to generate fresh water.
Prior to the opening, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education delivered a 4-day intensive course on the design, operation and maintenance of SWRO systems for 25 engineers and scientists from various organisations (Water Authority of Jordan, Jordan valley Authority, Kemapco, Aqaba Water, Jordan University, AquaTreat) at the Jordan University Marine Science Station in Aqaba. This training, held on 13-16 March, was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ).
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