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Evaluation of Aquifer Storage & Recovery – Oman- Muscat

The Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW) has issued a tender for a pre-feasibility study into aquifer storage and recovery (ASR).

The organisation is inviting consultancies to bid to help evaluate the application of large-scale underground storage of water in ASR schemes. ASR enables utilities to store produced water in an aquifer when there is surplus but then recover the water when it is needed.

After desalinated water is stored, it usually requires “only disinfection” before being sent out to the water distribution system, said PAEW. In many cases, the storage zones are aquifers that have experienced long term declines in water levels due to heavy pumping to meet increasing urban and agricultural water needs. Groundwater levels can then be restored if adequate water is recharged.

Elsewhere in the region, German firm Dornier Consulting has been investigating the possibility of ASR in Abu Dhabi.

PAEW said: “ASR could provide a cost-effective solution to Oman’s water management needs, storing water during times of low water demand, and recovering it later during emergencies or times of peak water demand.

Large water volumes are stored deep underground, reducing or eliminating the need to construct large and expensive concrete surface reservoirs.” The organisation said ASR could lead to cost savings, compared to constructing desalination…

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Elektroaktive Mikroorganismen – Deutschland – Leipzig

Die Kernelemente ihrer Forschung sind sogenannte elektroaktive Mikroorganismen, die nicht nur die Energiesenke Abwasser in eine Energiequelle umwandeln, sondern auch zur Entsalzung von Meerwasser und zur nachhaltigen Synthese von Chemikalien aus erneuerbarer Energie genutzt werden können.

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Qatar and Sweden are planning to set up a green water desalination project that would use only solar and wind energy – Qatar – Sweden

Qatar and Sweden are planning to set up a green water desalination project that would use only solar and wind energy to treat water and reduce 4,50,000 tons of carbon emission per year. Both countries have agreed to “start technical workshops in near future” on this eco-friendly project that is planned to come up in the north of Qatar.

“Sweden and Qatar are negotiating on a water producing project that will be setup in the north of Qatar and it will use only wind and solar energy to desalinate sea water. My meeting with Minister of Energy and Industry H E Mohammed Saleh Al Sada has been very productive on this subject,” said Oscar Stenström, Swedish Vice Minister of Trade yesterday while talking to media. The minister said that the proposed water plant would use 200 megawatt power from wind and 200 megawatt from solar panels. “The cost of water desalination will be as low as $1 per cubic meter.

There is a common understanding between the two sides on the project and the technical workshops will be soon held in Qatar to fine tune some technical aspects related to execution of solar power generation of the project as Qatar’s climate is rough with high temperature, sand, dust.” Stenström said that the project would also address water scarcity issue and promote green growth, sustainable farming and would bring food security for Qatar.

To a question about the estimated cost of the project, he said that it was „too early“ to give an estimate but it might be below $2b. He said that Swedish companies had successfully employed same techniques in Algeria, Morocco and South Africa. “A small scale project is already running here in Qatar in Al Ruwais.”

Stenström said that from Swedish side, Monsson Energy AB and Sweco AB would be the key stakeholders in the proposed project while Kahraama and Qatar Electricity and Water Company would be involved from Qatar’s side. He said that Swedish government had chosen Qatar as priority market for export and engagement. “We have a list of 26 priority countries including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar from the Gulf region.

Middle East and Asia have a major role in Swedish export strategy as these are the areas where growth will happen.” The Swedish minister said that Sweden wanted to expand trade relations with Qatar. “Due to low oil prices, trade figures declined in last few years. Sweden exported goods worth QR500m to Qatar in 2016. Now along trade of goods, we will also increase trade of services between the two countries.” The minister said that a Swedish health delegation would visit Qatar in October this year to foster bilateral cooperation in areas of dementia, cancer and diabetes. “My meeting with Minister of Public Health H E Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari was very useful.

A Swedish company Global Pharma will work as an umbrella organization to expand existing cooperation in health sector,” he said, adding that Sweden had invested heavily in life sciences. Sharing details of his meeting with Qatar Investment Authority CEO, Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani, he said that that Sweden had presented five areas in which Qatari companies could invest including sustainable transportation, housing, bio-economy, life sciences, IT and smart manufacturing. “In these five areas we are seeking cooperation of investors from Qatar.

I have received a great response from Al Thani.” Stenström said that during his visit to Qatar to attend Doha Forum he had also discussed smart Qatar with Reem Al-Mansoori, the Assistant Undersecretary for Digital Society Sector Development at the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

“We talked ways of cooperation on upgradation of ports and harbors’ infrastructure.” Responding to a question on current volume of Qatari investment in Sweden, he said it was too little. “There is a tremendous scope for investments in small and medium sized startups which are providing new solutions and new services.” Praising Qatar’s ambitions on sustainability, he said that he had paid a field visit to Msheireb.

“Swedish companies are interested to invest in areas like waste to energy. A waste management company is already part of the project. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are two areas which have brought two countries closer to each other.”

Stenström said that Sweden was using just 1 percent of waste for land fill while the rest of 99 percent was either being recycled or used to generate energy. “We use it for district heating, Qatar can use it for district cooling,” he suggested. The minister said that both sides were engaged in finalizing date of visit….

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Tobruk water crisis said to be imminent – Libya – Tobruk

… Tobruk’s sole working water treatment plant is again on the verge of collapse meaning that some 400,000 people could in the town could soon be without safe drinking water.

The town’s problems are nothing new. It has long been short of water. But since 2015 outdated and poorly maintained equipment has been threatening disaster. The steam desalination plant is currently working at only ten percent capacity. But now the boss of the water plant Fatalla Selim is warning that he is running out of chemicals needed to make water potable.

Selim told the Turkish broadcaster TRT that for over a year he had been pressing for funds to buy new supplies but, he said,  “no one is listening”. His colleague Tarek Al-Safi at the Tobruk Water and Sanitatiion Company warned “This is a real crisis and could stop the only steam plant we have in the town. This could hit water supplies to more than 400,000 people.

The plant is working at only ten percent of capacity”. Last November, Beida government premier Abdullah Thinni called an emergency meeting  of water chiefs to find out what was going wrong. The reality was that, as with state electricity company GECOL throughout Libya, there has been a dearth of government funding simply to maintain let alone expand capacity.

In January 2016 Thinni had allocated LD6.5 million for urgent maintenance, largely at the Tobruk plant where cracked pipes and boilers had slashed output. In the event only LD1.3 million was ever paid.

Tobruk municipality has been looking at digging new wells and even building a brand new desalination plant able to produce 150,000 cubic metres of water daily. But with no central funding…

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Desalination project eyed to solve water supply lack – Philippines – Panglao Island

The Provincial Development Council (PDC) of Bohol had identified a solution to the twin problems of scarce supply of potable water and high cost of electricity besetting the development of Bohol’s tourism capital, Panglao Island.

The PDC, during a meeting last September 8, endorsed the proposed water desalination facility in Dauis, one of the two towns in Panglao Island, which will utilize partly of renewable energy.

Boheco-1 is providing power to the area, „but the proposed project [will use] solar panels during daytime operation.“ Dauis planning and development coordinator Oscar Nistal said the lot of the project site at Barangay San Isidro is still to be purchased by the local government, and negotiations with the owner is going on.

The project will cover an area of 5,298 square meters. „The proposed project site is accessible from a national road and adjacent to a barangay road,“ Nistal said.

Panglao island is facing a severe shortage of potable water to meet the needs of the locals and businesses. „This problem has been a source of constant complaints from irate residents,“ Nistal said. Aside from the problem on water supply …

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U.S. Water Expands its Integrated Offerings and Applications with Acquisition of Tonka Water

Tonka Water, a major supplier of municipal and industrial water treatment systems, has joined the U.S. Water family. The acquisition of Tonka Water will allow U.S. Water to expand its integrated water treatment equipment offerings and applications. Tonka Water’s engineers customize water treatment solutions for a variety of applications including surface water, groundwater, water reuse, industrial process water, remediation and advanced wastewater treatment.

“The addition of Tonka Water to the U.S. Water family strengthens our engineering and equipment capabilities and the integrated solutions we can offer our customers throughout the market,” said LaMarr Barnes, U.S. Water CEO. “We are very excited to welcome Tonka Water. Their experienced and customer-focused employees will be a great addition to our team.” Located in Plymouth, MN and serving customers throughout the United States, Tonka Water is recognized as a best in class water treatment company that is dedicated to partnering with their customers to provide innovative, cost-effective water treatment solutions.

“I am confident that joining U.S. Water will strengthen our position in industrial water treatment and the municipal market, further solidifying our customized and innovative solutions,” said Tom Davis, Tonka Water President. “Together, with our shared vision, values and commitment to service, we will bring superior value to our customers and employees for years to come.” …

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Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. Provides Update on the Impact of Hurricane Irma on its Operations USA-Florida-Cayman Islands

… We are grateful that our team is safe. Due to loss of power, our desalination plants in the British Virgin Islands remain closed following the severe damage from winds and flooding that the Islands of Tortola and Jost Van Dyke endured from Hurricane Irma.

These plants represent 800,000 gallons of daily production, equivalent to 3% of our total water capacity. We are currently unable to estimate how long it will take for power to be restored to Tortola and Jost van Dyke because of the extensive damage to the country’s infrastructure, and are also working directly with Government officials to expedite the importation of emergency power equipment.

From what we know today, the physical structures of our plants there appear to be intact but without electrical power we are unable to determine whether they are operable. Neither of our three water desalination plants located in the Bahamas sustained damage from the Hurricane. …

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Solar-powered seawater desalination project being unveiled in Manus Province – Papua New Guinea

… The Pacific Environment Community Fund solar-powered seawater desalination project will be officially handed over to National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru by Japan’s Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima in a handover ceremony on Bipi Island.
The grant contract was signed in April last year between PNG and Japan to allocate K12 million for this project out of the Pacific Environment Community Fund which Japan created for Pacific Island countries affected by impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.

The rural communities of Bipi, Mbuke and Whal Islands will benefit from this project. The people on these islands have been affected by climate change causing rise in sea levels leading to seawater intrusion, thus making the water undrinkable for human consumption.

This solar-powered seawater desalination project aims to solve the most basic needs of islanders by establishing a sustainable and reliable water supply system during the dry season, the drought periods, natural disasters and emergencies.

This project is the first of its kind in PNG using Japan’s advanced desalination technology and implemented by Japanese company Sojitz, thus is expected to further strengthen business relations and partnership between PNG and Japan.

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Desalination plant to be awarded in October – Oman – Sharqiyah

…. desalination project in Sharqiyah will be awarded by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) next month, said Yaqoob bin Saif Al Kiyumi, chief executive officer of OPWP.

Four consortiums led by prominent international developers—JGC, GS Inima, ACWA, and Tedagua—are bidding for a license to develop the IWP, which will have a desalination capacity of 17.6 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD).

The plant is expected to start operations in the third quarter of 2019, aimed at meeting growing demand for potable water. A request for proposal (RfP) for two IWPs—Sahrqiyah and Salalah IWPs—was issued in March 2016 by OPWP, which oversees all new water and power capacity in the Sultanate.

Al Kiyumi also said that another IWP in the Sultanate’s southern Salalah region, which will have a desalination capacity of 22 MIGD, got delayed and the same will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2017. “There are (certain) administrative aspects, which we are trying to resolve before awarding the project.”

Total investment for both the desalination projects is estimated at OMR105 million, according to earlier reports.

The proposed projects will be given to private developers on a build, own, and operate (BOO) basis. The Salalah plant is expected to be brought into commercial operation in 2020. Salalah, the capital of the Dhofar governorate, accounted for around 81 per cent of the total water consumption in 2016.

This share is projected to decline slightly over the next seven years due to higher growth rates in the wilayats of Marbat and Taqah.

The respective growth rates for the wilayats of Salalah, Marbat and Taqah will be 8 per cent, 13 per cent, and 14 per cent per year during the seven-year period. ….

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Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Solar Desalination USA-Washington

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technology Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Solar Desalination”.

This FOA supports research, development, and potential demonstration of early stage technologies that can significantly reduce the costs of desalination powered by solar thermal energy. Rather than utilizing high-value electricity as an energy input, solar thermal desalination can achieve lower costs than current reverse osmosis systems by lowering the cost of collecting and storing solar thermal energy and increasing the efficiency of thermal desalination technologies.

Additionally, thermal desalination can be utilized over a wide range of salt content, making it attractive for applications that require very high salinity feedwater or zero-liquid discharge. Applicants will be expected to propose ideas that have the potential to dramatically decrease the cost of producing solar thermal energy, advance early-stage thermal desalination technologies, or design novel integrated systems that creatively use solar thermal energy to lower the cost of producing fresh water.

It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:

Area of Interest 1 – Low cost solar thermal heat – innovative concepts that have the potential to lower the cost of solar thermal collection, transport, and storage below conventional methods of generating heat.

Area of Interest 2 – Innovative thermal desalination techniques – Novel, early-stage thermal desalination technologies that are well suited to be coupled with solar generated heat.

Area of Interest 3 – Solar thermal integrated desalination – Integrated solar thermal desalination systems showing the potential for low-cost desalinated water.

Area of Interest 4 – Solar thermal desalination analysis – Analytic tools, such as systems models, for economic evaluation and resource optimization with solar thermal desalination.

Please access the complete Notice of Intent under the „Documents“ heading below. …

 

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