Life-Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of the Alternate Subsurface Intake Designs for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination

Abdulrahman H. Al-Kaabi, Hamish Mackey

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Abstract

The study carried out a life-cycle environmental impact assessment of two reverse osmosis plants located within the Arabian Gulf using three different electric submersible pump (ESP) designs for subsurface intake of seawater and compared these with an existing open intake design. The study used life cycle assessment to quantify impacts for construction and operation of the plant for the various intake options. All values were compared to a functional unit of 1.0 m3 of produced desalinated water based on individual well capacities of 15,000 m3/d and a design life of 50 years. Results showed that the subsurface system performed better across the various impact categories than the open intake. Construction phase impacts of the beach well were insignificant in comparison to operational phase with the exception of abiotic depletion potential, which was still minor. Nevertheless, of the three subsurface beach wells evaluated the slickline ESP design was consistently better than the other two subsurface options, albeit very similar to coil tubing ESP.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages1561-1566
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Volume46
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

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Environmental impact assessments
Reverse osmosis
Desalination
Submersible pumps
Seawater
Life cycle
Beaches
Tubing
Water

Keywords

  • Beach Well
  • Construction Phase Impacts
  • Desalination
  • Environmental Impact
  • Life-Cycle Assessment
  • Slickline Electric Submersible Pump
  • Subsurface Intake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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Al-Kaabi, A. H., & Mackey, H. (2019). Life-Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of the Alternate Subsurface Intake Designs for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination. In Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (pp. 1561-1566). (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 46). Elsevier B.V.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818634-3.50261-7

Life-Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of the Alternate Subsurface Intake Designs for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination. / Al-Kaabi, Abdulrahman H.; Mackey, Hamish.

Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. Elsevier B.V., 2019. p. 1561-1566 (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 46).

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Al-Kaabi, AH & Mackey, H 2019, Life-Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of the Alternate Subsurface Intake Designs for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination. in Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, vol. 46, Elsevier B.V., pp. 1561-1566. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818634-3.50261-7
Al-Kaabi AH, Mackey H. Life-Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of the Alternate Subsurface Intake Designs for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination. In Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. Elsevier B.V. 2019. p. 1561-1566. (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-818634-3.50261-7
Al-Kaabi, Abdulrahman H. ; Mackey, Hamish. / Life-Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of the Alternate Subsurface Intake Designs for Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. Elsevier B.V., 2019. pp. 1561-1566 (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering).
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