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A Word from the Chairman
A Word from GE
       A Word from the Chairman

Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi & Sons Group and the USA’s Ionics Inc (now part of GE) are proud to have completed the construction of this groundbreaking project, the first in the region to be executed under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme. The plant is considered the largest in the world to use the reverse osmosis (RO) technology for the reclamation of wastewater. The pure water produced exceeds the specifications in the standards for potable water of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The short period of time it took to construct the entire set of facilities for this mega project, which successfully produced its first drop of reclaimed water on the 4th of November 2004, is strong evidence of the credibility of the private sector and its ability to fulfil its commitments. Thus, as part of the government’s strategic vision, the private sector should be entrusted with a bigger role in infrastructure projects; this would enable the sector to proactively participate in the acceleration of the development process.

That the inauguration of the project took place under the auspices of the late Emir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah (May Allah Keep him in His Care), and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah (May Allah Safeguard him) is evidence of the State’s interest in this and similar infrastructure projects.

The roles played by all stakeholders and governmental authorities, including the Ministry of Public Works, have contributed to this excellent achievement. Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi & Sons Group together with Ionics Inc (now part of GE) of the USA are proud of this achievement and take this opportunity to again extend their thanks and appreciation to the lending banks: National Bank of Kuwait, Gulf Bank, and Bank of Kuwait and Middle East, led by the National Bank of Kuwait, for their continuing support for the success of this project.

On this occasion, we also do not forget the thousands of engineers, advisors, technicians, and other manual and non-manual staff who have accomplished so much and who continue to operate these magnificent facilities.  To them we extend our praise for, and appreciation of, their efforts.

(Late) Nasser Mohammed Al-Kharafi
President, Kharafi Group of Companies

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