More than 70 per cent of the work has been completed on a major water desalination project at Umm Al Quwain being built at an investment of AED2.2 billion ($598 million).

The new plant, which is coming up on a 250,000-sq-m area, will have four networks, with two being connected to the water supplies of the new water distribution centre in Al Khuraija, Ras Al Khaimah, another to water supplies in Al Burairat, and the last one to Umm Al Quwain.

Phase One of the project is set to be completed and the plant will start processing 50 million gallons of water per day by the fourth quarter of 2021, said Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. He was speaking during an inspection visit to the site accompanied by Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, Director-General of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa), and other officials.