Besix to operate wastewater project in Sharjah
Partnership in conjunction with Shurooq will churn out 60 million litres of water per day for industrial use
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Besix has signed a joint venture agreement to operate and maintain an existing wastewater treatment plant in Al Saja’a area in Sharjah.
The newly formed company, called Qatra, will continue developing and expanding the wastewater infrastructure in line with Sharjah’s masterplan, whilst ensuring operating excellence and service to its stakeholders.
The expansion plans will also enable the plant to double the capacity of reused water from 30 million litres of recycled water per day to 60 million litres per day, mainly for industrial use.
The agreement was signed by HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, executive chairman of Shurooq and Olivier Crasson, executive vice president of Besix Middle East.
“The partnership with Besix broadens the Shurooq portfolio even further in keeping with our commitment towards investing in sustainability and creating a highly positive impact on the environment,” said HE Al Sarkal.
“The formation of Qatra is not only extremely beneficial in terms of Sharjah’s ecology, but also the emirate’s economy and we are delighted to be working with Besix who have played a fundamental role in constructing some of the UAE’s most impressive and recognised landmarks including the Burj Khalifa and the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Our common vision of delivering environmentally responsible services aligns perfectly with one of the five pillars of Shurooq’s development strategy.”
Sustainable water use is one of the core objectives of the new Private-Public-Partnership (PPP), and strengthens Sharjah’s commitment to furthering an important UN Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG).
Crasson said Besix will build on its four-decade long expertise in the emirate. “We now have a unique project involving innovation, technology, the environment, sustainability and water, and we are happy to participate in the evolution of this sector for Sharjah,” said Crasson.