MWSC To Establish Decarbonized Seawater Desalination System In Gulhifalhu

Male’ Water and Sewerage Company Private Limited (MWSC) has signed an agreement with Hitachi Zosen Corporation of Japan and Renewable Energy Maldives (REM) to establish a decarbonized seawater desalination system in the Maldives. The system is set to be installed on the island of Gulhifalhu in Kaafu Atoll.

The contract agreement was signed between the Managing Director of MWSC, Hassan Shah and the Managing Director of Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Miyagi Taiyo as well as the Chairman of REM, Dr Ibrahim Nashid. The signing ceremony was also attended by the Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Aminath Shauna and the Ambassador of Japan to the Maldives, Takeuchi Midori.

Under this agreement, a water generation system will be installed and operated at Gulhifalhu in Kaafu Atoll using renewable energy. A reverse osmosis plant will be established on the site as well with the capacity to produce 500 cbm of water every day. Additionally, a 500kW solar PV system and a 4,501-kWh NAS battery energy storage system will also be installed on the island. Once completed, the demonstration project will be able to supply water produced from 100% renewable solar energy.

The sustainability project is funded by the Global Environment Centre Foundation with additional private investment from Hitachi Zosen Corporation and REM. This initiative also aligns with Maldives’ pledge to become net zero by 2030.