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05 November 2007

Mott MacDonald awarded for innovation in water and power

Mott MacDonald and Leading Edge Technologies has won the Saudi Water and Power Forum Award for Innovation for their work on Hybrid systems using MSF-MED (Multi Stage Flash and Multiple Effect Desalination) technology.

This award marks excellent achievements in the development of leading edge technologies making a difference to the future of Saudi’s water and power sectors. The award was presented to Mott MacDonald’s Head of desalination, Dr Corrado Sommariva and Leon Awerbuch of Leading Edge Technologies by H.E. the Minister of Water and Electricity at a prestigious gala dinner held on 3 November 2007.

The award winning concept was developed during a project which involved upgrading a 10-year old MSF desalination plant. The award winners found an innovative way to extract the hot distillate from the MSF plant and route it to an MED plant without the need of additional fuel for production of steam and energy input to the desalination plant thus achieving an increase of 40% in productivity. This new technology achieves a sustainable potable water supply via desalination at a lower cost and at a lower environmental impact.

Dr Sommariva commented, “This award is a real honour. Providing a sustainable supply of drinking water to the population of the Middle East is a very important issue. It is important that scientists and engineers continue to develop efficient ways to make this happen, we feel that this technology is just the beginning but are delighted that already it is making a huge difference.”

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