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08 June 2023

380 jobs to come up at new water desalination plant in RAK

(From left) Luis Rein, Managing Director Infrastructure Concessions at Grupo Cobra, shakes hands with Rashid Al Baloushi, Chairman of Utico, after the agreement signing ceremony, as Richard Menezes looks on (Supplied)

By Staff

A new water desalination water plant will be set in Ras Al Khaimah at a cost of Dh719 million, creating 380 jobs.

Utico Middle East, a utility service and solution provider, and Spanish energy giant Grupo Cobra have tied up to build the plant.

The project will create 300 jobs during the construction phase and 80 permanent positions once operational. About 20 to 25 per cent of these jobs will be offered to Emirati nationals after training them for a year.

The joint venture, to be called Al Hamra Water Company, is a 60:40 partnership between Utico and Grupo Cobra. The facility will be located in the Al Hamra Jazeerah area of Ras Al Khaimah.

Once completed in 2017, the Al Hamra Water Company will generate 22 million gallons of water per day to serve the needs of Ras Al Khaimah and surrounding regions.

The legal advisors for the project are Latham & Watkins while the financial advisors are KPMG.

Richard Menezes, Utico's Managing Director, said the facility will have one of the lowest power consumption levels in the region as well as water re-use saving at least 33,280 tons of CO2 per year.