THE FUTURE OF
LEADING THE WORLD IN
Desalination with no discharge
Seawater & brine processing
Smart metering and sensors
Leakage and anomaly detection
Mineralised water delivery
Wastewater processing & energy generation
Stormwater capture & flood mitigation
Hear from the experts
Gavin van Tonder
Head of Water
Could you map out where water sits in the grand vision for NEOM and how integral it is to the project’s success?
What world-firsts are your team working on?
NEOM is aiming for Industry 4.0 and ‘net-zero’ — would you be able to explain what that means and how it's possible?
How is this all possible at NEOM? Is it purely about bringing together super-advanced technology and the greatest minds on the planet?
How does the brine processing technology work and what will it enable you to achieve?
What new opportunities for growth are made available by desalination systems powered by renewable energy?
Do you expect NEOM's innovative water blueprint to be implemented by other nations?
What is the timeline of your water goals and objectives?
What is the legacy you want to leave for future generations?
Is there a popular misconception people have about NEOM?
What is daily life like in the NEOM community right now?
For background, could you tell us more about your own profile and career?
The pull of NEOM as an undertaking is clear, but what was the clincher for you to join the project here in Saudi Arabia?
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our goals & objectives
Be the leader in renewable-energy powered desalination and integrated resource recovery seawater treatment
NEOM takes water infrastructure into a new era, integrating desalination and brine processing plants and powering them with sustainable carbon-neutral technologies. We’re committed to a fully integrated resource recovery seawater treatment (FIRRST) to conserve the Red Sea ecosystem - a world-first at this scale.
Design and implement a smart network that distributes high-standard water to all of NEOM
NEOM is building smart water systems powered by renewable energy, delivering high-quality drinking water and recycled water across its network, while removing wastewater. Smart metering and irrigation, leakage detection, and water quality monitoring will be controlled in real time.
Pioneer water recycling and stewardship, capturing every drop and treating it for reuse
Superior transmission and storage, network monitoring and 100% wastewater and stormwater reuse are key to water conservation at NEOM. Chemicals, nutrients, minerals and more resources will be harvested in state-of-the-art water recycling facilities for industrial and agricultural use.
Create a global innovation hub for the research and development of the water solutions of the future
NEOM’s Innovation Hub will house Centers of Excellence focused on the investigation of water usage and management, attracting the world’s greatest minds. By exporting technology, knowledge and expertise, NEOM’s Water Solution Company will become the global leader in water technology.
The NEOM Water Sector is bringing together world-leading experts to help build a more sustainable future, preserving this limited natural resource through groundbreaking technology.
Gavin van Tonder
Head of Water
With 30 years of experience in the water industry, Gavin van Tonder has held top positions at leading organizations such as Itron, Schlumberger and Sasol. Highly-skilled in navigating challenging milestones, his experience is truly global – stretching across 13 countries and four continents.
Head of Business Development
Greg Welch has had a career spanning two decades, three continents and countless high-profile projects across the water, energy, infrastructure sectors. He has also worked in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Thailand.
Head of Sustainability and Risk
Emma Dannemiller has previously worked on a major liquid natural gas project. She has 30 years of experience as a program manager in construction and sustainable development – and will take on the challenge of implementing NEOM’s circular water infrastructure.
Head of Water Supply
As a chartered mechanical engineer with experience of water projects, Robert Garner is well-positioned to help steward NEOM’s environment-first Water sector. He leads the development of carbon-neutral water desalination processes, zero-emission brine management and mineral production systems.
Head of Water Transmission & Distribution
David Mitchell's 30-year career has seen him planning, designing and constructing water projects: from dams and reservoirs to raw water transmission and treatment. He heads up NEOM’s water transmission, storage and distribution.
Head of Wastewater & Recycling
Nicholas Burnett is a chartered chemical engineer with more than two decades of experience designing, and managing, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment. He has worked across utility, consultancy and construction throughout the world.
Head of Water Management
A chartered environmental engineer, Joao Pitta has led teams across Portugal, Mozambique, Spain and Brazil – in his 20-year career. His experience in municipal and industrial water and wastewater management makes him well equipped for his challenging role at NEOM.
Head of Planning, Regulations and Resources
Some 25 years in water utilities have seen Carlos Garcia manage complex multinational organizations across the world. His work has seen him generate profitable and sustainable growth for companies throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.