Guidelines for the design and management of desalination plants

Desalination of seawater and brackish water is essential in Jordan to meet the freshwater demand. In this context, the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH’ (GIZ) supports the departments responsible for desalination at MWI and WAJ in the extension of competencies for the management of desalination projects.  

In this project, STEP developed guidelines for the systematic planning and management of desalination plants tailored to the situation in Jordan. Systematic procedures were developed individually for large-scale seawater and decentralized brackish water desalination plants.  

The following aspects, among others, were taken into account in the planning: Water source quality, appropriate pre-treatment and post-treatment, corrosion and material properties, market-driven tendering and construction supervision. The main focus was on minimizing the plant costs and cost control in the operation of the desalination plants.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
STEP Services
  • Development of guidelines for the planning of desalination plants in Jordan 
  • Development of guidelines for the management of desalination plants in Jordan
  • Workshop to present the guidelines, including technical discussions and application examples


Technical Data
  • Large scale seawater desalination plants > 100 million m³/year.
    (Guidelines for planning MWE plants ~ 282 pages, Guidelines for managing MWE plants ~ 233 pages).
  • Decentralized brackish water desalination plants < 50 million m³/yr.
    (Guidelines for planning BWE plants ~ 329 pages, Guidelines for managing BWE plants ~ 233 pages).
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