Xylem has won an $8m contract to develop and supply technologies to a wastewater treatment and reclamation plant in Sulaibiya, Kuwait.

The facility is being expanded to treat  600,000cm3 of wastewater per day in southern and western Kuwait.

Work is expected to be finished by autumn 2016 and the plant will be operational from Q1 2017.

Xylem will work alongside main contractor Kharafi National on the project.

The facility will utlise ultra filtration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) as tertiary treatment and polishing stages.

“We are delighted to be playing a key role in the expansion of what will be one of the largest water reclamation plants of its kind in the world,” said Vincent Chirouze, regional director for Xylem’s Middle East and Africa region.

“In conjunction with Kharafi National, the project contractor, our optimized solution during secondary treatment will help create an efficient and effective system that will deliver clean reusable water to this arid, water-challenged region.”

According to Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait's average annual rainfall is less than 120 millimeters. Groundwater is the country's main naturally-occuring water resource but this is rapidly depleting due to man-made pollution and soil contaminated by hydrocarbons during the 1991 Gulf War.

Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, project director for Kharafi National, said: “We are looking forward to the implementation of various equipment performance and optimization concepts that Xylem’s engineering and research and development (R&D) teams have developed. Xylem’s willingness and commitment to join hands with Kharafi National and help us to expedite the project execution phase is commendable.”