Technical feasibility of a seabed gallery seawater intake at Ras Abu Ali Island, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/566175
Title:
Technical feasibility of a seabed gallery seawater intake at Ras Abu Ali Island, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabia
Authors:
Rachman, Rinaldi; Missimer, Thomas M.
Abstract:
Open-ocean intake systems require extensive and advanced pretreatment unit operation to produce feed water with low membrane fouling potential in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) facilities. Alternatively, subsurface intake systems tend to produce high quality raw seawater even before pretreatment. Subsurface intakes extract seawater indirectly through the geological structure of shoreline or nearshore sediments. Water percolation through geological units provides physical and biological treatment, so that the raw seawater is microbiologically stable with relatively low particulate and organics content. Overall, utilization of subsurface intakes will reduce the intensity of pretreatment, which reduces operating cost, lowers chemical and energy consumption, and reduces environmental impacts. An important aspect in the feasibility of a subsurface intake is the compatibility of the local geological environment. In this study, a field investigation was conducted at Ras Abu Ali Island in the Arabian Gulf. This location currently contains an of existing oil company facilities and a proposed governmental marine fish hatchery facility. Recreational, commercial, and domestic potable water uses require the need to use the SWRO process to meet demands. Characterization of the shoreline and marine offshore bottom were performed as well as observation of tidal fluctuations and wave heights. A specific grid area was chosen where 35 sediment samples were collected from the seabed floor for laboratory analysis of grain size distribution, sediment porosity, and hydraulic conductivity. Onsite observation showed that the marine bottom has a low slope creating a wide intertidal area. The lowest tidal zone is more than 150 m from the shoreline defining a far seaward boundary for the intake construction point. A relatively thin layer of mixed-type sediment (carbonate and siliciclastic) covers the marine hardground bottom. The unlithified bottom sediment contains a low mud percentage (less than 1%) with porosity ranging between 0.29 and 0.41 and hydraulic conductivities up to 22.5 m3/d. It was determined that seabed gallery development is suitable at this location. Preliminary design for a seabed gallery filter was developed using a series of cells. Each gallery cell represents a unit that can be simply duplicated to meet the overall intake capacity requirement. Each gallery cell is designed to have minimum 8 m/d infiltration rate through five layers of engineered sand and gravel. The total thickness of the filter bed is 4.5 m (2 m top layer). The dimensions of the proposed cells are 100 × 30 m and each cell will conservatively provide 24,000 m3/d of filtered water. The design is flexible to meet the required capacity. For example, a SWRO desalination plant which produces 54,000 m3/d product water from 38,000 mg/L salinity seawater at a 45% conversion rate will require a minimum of 6 cells using the preliminary design. © 2014 © 2014 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.
KAUST Department:
Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Publisher:
Informa UK Limited
Journal:
Desalination and Water Treatment
Issue Date:
23-Jul-2014
DOI:
10.1080/19443994.2014.940221
Type:
Article
ISSN:
19443994
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Articles; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)

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dc.contributor.authorRachman, Rinaldien
dc.contributor.authorMissimer, Thomas M.en
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-12T09:31:09Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-12T09:31:09Zen
dc.date.issued2014-07-23en
dc.identifier.issn19443994en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/19443994.2014.940221en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/566175en
dc.description.abstractOpen-ocean intake systems require extensive and advanced pretreatment unit operation to produce feed water with low membrane fouling potential in seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) facilities. Alternatively, subsurface intake systems tend to produce high quality raw seawater even before pretreatment. Subsurface intakes extract seawater indirectly through the geological structure of shoreline or nearshore sediments. Water percolation through geological units provides physical and biological treatment, so that the raw seawater is microbiologically stable with relatively low particulate and organics content. Overall, utilization of subsurface intakes will reduce the intensity of pretreatment, which reduces operating cost, lowers chemical and energy consumption, and reduces environmental impacts. An important aspect in the feasibility of a subsurface intake is the compatibility of the local geological environment. In this study, a field investigation was conducted at Ras Abu Ali Island in the Arabian Gulf. This location currently contains an of existing oil company facilities and a proposed governmental marine fish hatchery facility. Recreational, commercial, and domestic potable water uses require the need to use the SWRO process to meet demands. Characterization of the shoreline and marine offshore bottom were performed as well as observation of tidal fluctuations and wave heights. A specific grid area was chosen where 35 sediment samples were collected from the seabed floor for laboratory analysis of grain size distribution, sediment porosity, and hydraulic conductivity. Onsite observation showed that the marine bottom has a low slope creating a wide intertidal area. The lowest tidal zone is more than 150 m from the shoreline defining a far seaward boundary for the intake construction point. A relatively thin layer of mixed-type sediment (carbonate and siliciclastic) covers the marine hardground bottom. The unlithified bottom sediment contains a low mud percentage (less than 1%) with porosity ranging between 0.29 and 0.41 and hydraulic conductivities up to 22.5 m3/d. It was determined that seabed gallery development is suitable at this location. Preliminary design for a seabed gallery filter was developed using a series of cells. Each gallery cell represents a unit that can be simply duplicated to meet the overall intake capacity requirement. Each gallery cell is designed to have minimum 8 m/d infiltration rate through five layers of engineered sand and gravel. The total thickness of the filter bed is 4.5 m (2 m top layer). The dimensions of the proposed cells are 100 × 30 m and each cell will conservatively provide 24,000 m3/d of filtered water. The design is flexible to meet the required capacity. For example, a SWRO desalination plant which produces 54,000 m3/d product water from 38,000 mg/L salinity seawater at a 45% conversion rate will require a minimum of 6 cells using the preliminary design. © 2014 © 2014 Balaban Desalination Publications. All rights reserved.en
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden
dc.subjectArabian Gulfen
dc.subjectIntakesen
dc.subjectSaudi Arabiaen
dc.subjectSeabed galleryen
dc.subjectSeawater reverse osmosis desalinationen
dc.titleTechnical feasibility of a seabed gallery seawater intake at Ras Abu Ali Island, Arabian Gulf, Saudi Arabiaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)en
dc.identifier.journalDesalination and Water Treatmenten
dc.contributor.institutionU.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565, USAen
kaust.authorRachman, Rinaldien
kaust.authorMissimer, Thomas M.en
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