Ramboll’s experience in the successful completion of the feasibility study at Liwa Oasis contributed to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) appointing Ramboll to perform a groundwater survey, using non-intrusive methods, to check and assess the potentiality of Dubai aquifers to store and naturally desalinate the sea water.
The desalinated water, used purely for agriculture, could potentially save DEWA between 70 to 80 percent of the cost of traditional desalination.
The project was performed in three phases.
- Phase 1 involved obtaining Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority to approve the permit works for the fieldwork.
- Phase 2 involved the fieldwork; and
- Phase 3 included analysis and reporting of the findings.
On commencement of the project, Ramboll learnt that the exploration fell within the boundaries of the natural reserves around Dubai.
Natural reserves in and around the Emirate of Dubai are under different and strict regulations that required separate approvals from the Natural Reserves Department.
Ramboll’s specialism in geophysics meant that we were fully equipped to deal with this complex environment. Specialised radar technology was used for imaging and mapping the groundwater, a more environmentally friendly technique than the traditional way of drilling which causes noise and disturbance to the environment and habitat.
Drawing from our pool of experts throughout Ramboll ensured that we met the tight timeframe set by the client.