Residents in Paphos face the possibility of severe water shortages if there is little rain this winter as plans to construct a new desalination plant for the district continue to move at a sluggish pace.

Paphos facing big drought threat

Unexpected ‘technical difficulties’ have delayed the invitation of tenders for the creation of the new plant in Kouklia leaving the district at the mercy of Mother Nature. Paphos will go thirsty if it doesn’t rain this coming winter while 2019 will be extremely difficult and the district’s water needs will only be met with strict water restrictions. The delays will affect the entire process which foresaw a contractor ready to start in 2018. It is now expected that the services will only be in a position to invite for tenders at that time.

If immediate solutions are not found, the delays will surpass the six months which means that the desalination plant will only be operational in the winter of 2019 leaving the district in dire straits.

Sources have indicated that it is possible for the problems to be circumvented due to political will and due to the seriousness of the situation is sure to involve everybody involved to settle the matter and to circumvent time-consuming procedures. An existing temporary desalination plant was licenced to operate until November 2013 and dismantling started in April after much delay and had drawn strong criticism from locals and farmer’s organisations in the area.


China desalinates nearly 1.2 mln tonnes of seawater daily

Xinhuanet News
The daily output of China’s 131 seawater desalination projects reached more than 1.18 million tonnes by the end of 2016, according to an official report released Wednesday.   Sixty-six percent has been used for industrial purposes and the rest for residential use. China will speed up the legislation on seawater utilization, expand the use of seawater and address public concerns over drinking desalinated seawater, said Qu Tanzhou, head of science and technology department under the SOA.


Red alert: Worst water crisis see Chennai’s reservoir dry after 14 years (India)

Chennai is facing a water crisis similar to that of 2003-04, as the Red Hills reservoir, one of the city’s key water sources, has dried up for the first time in nearly 14 years. The reservoir previously ran dry in 1983 and then in 2003-2004; and in the first week of November 2015, had around 20 million cubic feet of water before rains came to the city’s rescue, said a Metro Water official. “Our only hope is the desalination plants — which provide 180 MLD of water — and groundwater sources,” the official added.
With several parts of the city dependent on water tankers and bo­rewells, Metro Water has alr­e­a­dy nearly halved its supply. Water managers are hoping to maintain the city’s supply at 470 MLD.

The impact of the drop in water supply can be seen on groundwater levels as more than two-thirds of households use borewells.


Melbourne’s dwindling water storages could trigger maximum order from desal plant (Australia)

Victoria’s near-record dry winter has pushed Melbourne’s water storages close to the level where the state will start to prepare for drought, which could involve cranking up the multibillion-dollar desalination plant to its full capacity for the first time.

A new threshold set by the Andrews government requires the state’s water corporations to begin to prepare for drought should Melbourne’s water storages drop below 60 per cent by November 30. The previous threshold was 54.1 per cent.

Melbourne’s dams are 62 per cent full and dropping towards the new mark following the state’s driest June since records began in 1900. Many parts of the state received less than 20 per cent of the average monthly rainfall.

Winter and spring are ordinarily the seasons when Victoria’s dams are replenished but the state has experienced below-average rainfall for five of the first six months of the year.

 July rainfall has also been below average, with 27 millimetres recorded across the state so far, compared with the monthly average of 71 millimetres.


Water Desalination Equipment Market Size Worth $25.1 Billion by 2025: Grand View Research, Inc. (USA)

The global water desalination equipment market value is anticipated to reach USD 25.1 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Growing demand for water, increasing water need in industries, and rising population are expected to influence product demand over the forecast period.

Further key findings from the report suggest: 

  1. The global demand for water desalination equipment was USD 11.5 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 9.1% from 2017 to 2025
  2. Sea water was the biggest source for water desalination while accounting for over 67% of the total revenue in 2016
  3. Municipal was the largest application segment for desalination equipment with a demand of over USD 5 billion in 2016
  4. The Middle East and Africa is expected to be the largest regional market with a projected demand of around USD 10 billion by 2025
  5. The industry is dominated by a few multinational corporations such as GE corporation and Doosan Heavy and Construction with significant presence across the value chain
  6. Companies are moving towards strategic mergers and acquisition to increase their international presence and gain significant market share.


OPWP seeks ministry’s approval for water desalination project in Salalah (Oman)

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) plans to build a 22 million imperial gallons per day (100,000 cubic meters per day)-capacity seawater desalination project in Dhofar to meet growing demand for potable water.

The proposed project, which will be given to a private developer on a Build, Own, Operate (BOO) basis, is awaiting approval from the country’s Ministry of Finance (MoF).

OPWP, which oversees procurement of all new water and electricity capacity in the Sultanate, has already started an initiative to find a suitable site for the project, according to the seven-year outlook report released by the company.

The desalination project, called Salalah IV IWP, is expected to generate water in 2022, as the state-owned agency expects the need for a large-scale desalination plant for meeting the growing demand for water. The new project is required to meet an annual average growth of 9 per cent in potable water demand for the next seven years—from 42.6 million cubic meters in 2016 to 78.4 million cubic meters in 2023, noted the seven-year outlook report.


Private desalination plant told to suspend operations (India)

Administration says it had failed to set right infrastructure.
The district administration has asked the South Ganga Water Technology Private Limited, a private desalination plant, at the coastal Krishnapuram, near here to temporarily suspend operations for failing to set right the infrastructure in the plant as per the guidelines.

As the officials failed to renovate and set right the infrastructure as per the stipulated guidelines in the given time and the re-inspection by the Joint Committee revealed that the plant was functioning without the promised modifications, it was asked to suspend operations, an official release said on Friday.

The plant cannot resume operations till it carried out the modifications and presented report with certificates from concerned officials, the release said.

The 0.5 MLD desalination plant had been functioning in the village since 2005 and had been supplying treated water to the nearby Vazhuthur power plant.


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Spanish engineering company “Typsa” will manage in consortium with another two companies the construction of six desalination plants in the Tunisian Sahara

Technical assistance for 6 desalination plants in Tunisia (31,000 m³/day – 550,000 inhabitants) Client: #SONEDE, with funding from @KfW



Muscat City Desalination plans public offering in third quarter

Muscat City Desalination Company plans to float an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) in the third quarter of this year.

Muscat City Desalination Company (MCDC), which owns and operates the 42 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) capacity Al Ghubra independent water project, has to divest a stake in the favour of the investing public as per an agreement with the Oman government.

The company, according to highly placed sources at the Capital Market Authority, has sought approval for floating shares on MSM.

MCDC, which started operation in February 2016, was jointly promoted by Malaysia’s Malakoff International, Sumitomo Corp of Japan and Cadagua of Spain.