Neom launches the Line



Building a sustainable future for all. By minimizing water costs, eradicating waste and preventing pollution. This means recycling 100% of wastewater, a net-zero footprint, renewable energy and sea-water mining. Water must stay where it belongs – in the wild.

  • Leading the world in

    Desalination with no discharge

  • Leading the world in

    Seawater & brine processing

  • Leading the world in

    Carbon-neutral technology

  • Leading the world in

    Smart metering and sensors

  • Leading the world in

    Leakage and anomaly detection

  • Leading the world in

    Mineralised water delivery

  • Leading the world in

    Wastewater processing & energy generation

  • Leading the world in

    Stormwater capture & flood mitigation

Hear from the experts

NEOM Head of Water

Gavin van Tonder

Head of Water

  • 01

    Could you map out where water sits in the grand vision for NEOM and how integral it is to the project’s success?

  • 02

    What world-firsts are your team working on?

  • 03

    NEOM is aiming for Industry 4.0 and ‘net-zero’ — would you be able to explain what that means and how it's possible?

  • 04

    How is this all possible at NEOM? Is it purely about bringing together super-advanced technology and the greatest minds on the planet?

  • 05

    How does the brine processing technology work and what will it enable you to achieve?

  • 06

    What new opportunities for growth are made available by desalination systems powered by renewable energy?

  • 07

    Do you expect NEOM's innovative water blueprint to be implemented by other nations?

  • 08

    What is the timeline of your water goals and objectives?

  • 09

    What is the legacy you want to leave for future generations?

  • 10

    Is there a popular misconception people have about NEOM?

  • 11

    What is daily life like in the NEOM community right now?

  • 12

    For background, could you tell us more about your own profile and career?

  • 13

    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

  • 01

    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.

  • 02

    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.

  • 03

    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.

  • 04

    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.



ENOWA is driven by a central philosophy to live in harmony with nature. We’re working with our surrounding environment to create a sustainable cycle, providing the resources to power a thriving, resilient economy. Our vision is being brought to life by some of the best minds in the world, pioneers in their respective fields, supported by the latest technology and innovation. It’s a journey we make collaboratively, as the challenges the world faces need global connectedness. We look forward to working with leaders around the world in the energy, hydrogen and water industries to drive innovation forward together.

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Our team

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

    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.

  • Greg Welch

    Greg Welch

    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.

  • Emma Dannemiller

    Emma Dannemiller

    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.

  • Robert Garner

    Robert Garner

    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.

  • David Mitchell

    David Mitchell

    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.

  • Nicholas Burnett

    Nicholas Burnett

    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.

  • Joao Pitta

    Joao Pitta

    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.

  • Carlos Garcia

    Carlos Garcia

    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.

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