16. June 2023 ǀ The desalination of seawater provides millions of people as well as animals, plants and the adjacent economy with drinking water worldwide. INVENT mixers have been used reliably for years for the desalination process of water from the sea in Oman.
Clean water is a scarce commodity
Clean water is a scarce commodity, especially in arid, i.e. hot and dry, climatic zones. Affected countries bordering on oceans have a way out of the shortage: desalination of seawater. Worldwide, more than 20,000 seawater desalination plants supply millions of people, plus animals, plants and the adjacent economy with drinking water. countries in North Africa and Middle East are particularly dependent on this form of freshwater production. The high standard of living on the Arabian Peninsula, for example in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar or Oman, would not be possible without the
Abundant freshwater extracted from the sea.
One of the largest seawater desalination plants is located in the Sultanate of Oman
Several process technologies are available for seawater desalination. After multi stage flash evaporation, in which the fresh water is extracted by means of heating and condensation, destruction plants have become established that operate on the principle of reverse osmosis. In this process, saltwater taken from the sea is forced under high pressure through special membranes designed to allow water molecules to pass through, but not larger molecules. The process involves several stages, requiring special mixing systems such as those developed and built by INVENT.
One of the largest seawater desalination plants using INVENT technology is located in the Sultanate of Oman. This seawater desalination plant is located in the north of the oil and gas-rich state, in Al-Ghubra, a suburb of the capital Muscat. The plant has been operating since 2016 and enables the extraction of 191,000 cubic meters of drinking water per day.