Monthly Archives: Mai 2019

Mini-desalination plants to quench thirst of 5 lakh Chennai residents soon – Chennai

CHENNAI: Faced with the onerous task of quenching the thirst of a city that’s being whittled down by a rising population and failing rain, the government has unveiled a plan to set up five mini-desalination plants of one million litre capacity each.

The plants, costing Rs120 crore, will start operation at Kasimedu, Thiruvottiyur, Triplicane, MRC Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur within the next six months, said a Chennai Water Supply and Sewerage Board proposal.

“Everyone knows Chennai is facing a water crisis. Since we lack perennial sources, we decided to set up minidesalination plants that will cater to specific areas.


Carlsbad desalination plant will be sold to investment firm for $1 billion – California

An affiliate of Aberdeen Standard Investments has agreed to buy the Carlsbad desalination plant in Southern California for more than $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

A transaction could be announced as soon as this week, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, named for a former mayor, is owned by Orion Water Partners LLC, the joint venture between Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners affiliate Poseidon.


Dubai’s DEWA appoints advisors for Hassyan water project – Dubai

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has appointed a consortium of companies as advisors on its Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) project which aims to produce 120 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD).

Ernst & Young, CMS, and WSP have been hired for the project which is DEWA’s first independent water producer (IWP) model venture.

DEWA adopted the system for the Hassyan desalination plant following the success of the independent power producer (IPP) model at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park projects.


EGA’s GAC secures $750 million loan, Guinea’s largest greenfield mining project financing ever and a step forward for country’s economy – United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) has successfully closed the Republic of Guinea’s largest-ever project financing for a greenfield mining project, in a step forward for EGA’s bauxite mining project and for Guinea’s economy.

The $750 million loan has a tenor of 12 to 14 years and was extended by development finance institutions, export credit agencies and international commercial banks.

The loan represents the first time multilateral institutions and international commercial banks have participated together in a project financing for a greenfield mining project in Guinea.  


Hyunday E&C wins US$2.45bn desalination project in Iraq – Iraq

The South Korean builder has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the state-run Basra Oil Company for a 49-month project to build a seawater supply plant in the southern state of Basra.

Once completed, the facility will be capable of supplying five million barrels of fresh water per day, contributing to increasing crude oil yields and financial expansion in the Middle East country, according to officials.

The negotiations were steered by vice-chairman Chung Jin-haeng, who accompanied a government envoy’s visit in January and April this year, marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Iraq.


Saudi Arabia construction contract awards grow 113% to $13bn in Q1 – Saudi Arabia

The US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) revealed that the value of contract awards in Saudi Arabia grew to $13bn (SAR48.9bn) in Q1 2019, a staggering 113% increase from $6.1bn (SAR23bn) in the same period in 2018, Construction Week reports. 

According to USSABC’s Contract Awards Index (CAI) report, the total value of contracts covers megaprojects in various sectors, with oil and gas; water; and transportation projects making up 67% of the total value, accounting for $8.7bn (SAR32.6bn).

The value of awarded contracts in Q1 2019 alone represented approximately 48% of the total value of contracts awarded in 2018.


Walters: Understanding California’s ever-changing water wars – California

As 2018 was winding down, one of California’s leading newspapers suggested, via a front-page, banner-headlined article, that the drought that had plagued the state for much of this decade may be returning.

Just weeks later, that same newspaper was reporting that record-level midwinter storms were choking mountain passes with snow, rapidly filling reservoirs and causing serious local flooding.

Neither was incorrect at the time, but their juxtaposition underscores the unpredictable nature of California’s water supply.


Vancouver cleantech Mangrove Water receives $2.1 million from federal government – Canada

Vancouver-based water management cleantech Mangrove Water Technologies, has received a $2.1 million investment from the federal government as part of its Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) initiative.

Mangrove is developing a technology that simultaneously converts saline waste-water and waste-gases into desalinated water and value-added chemicals for on-site utilization.

The funding for the company will support its zero-discharge desalination technology, which aims to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas sector operations. “Mangrove has developed a distributed manufacturing platform that converts waste streams to chemicals on-site and on-demand and water for reuse,” said Saad Dara, co-founder and CEO of Mangrove Water.

“This not only simplifies logistics and reduces cost but also has significant environmental benefits around GHG reduction and water conservation.”


Abengoa increases revenues and profitability in first quarter of 2019

Revenues increased 10% reaching €330 million while Ebitda increased 7% reaching €46 million in comparison to the first quarter of 2018.

Abengoa, the international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the infrastructures, energy and water sectors, announces financial results for the first quarter of 2019.

One of the areas of focus for Abengoa’s management is safety in the workplace. In this sense, in the first three months of 2019 the Company continues to improve indicators with a Lost Time Injury Rate (LTIR) of 3.1, which represents significant progress towards Abengoa’s Zero Accident target.


Sydney told to expect water restrictions ‘soon’ as dam levels dive – Sydney

The Berejiklian government will review planned water restrictions for Sydney with the possibility that curbs on use will be tougher than presently detailed in the city’s Metropolitan Water Plan.

Cabinet is expected to review the water plans next Monday to determine its response to plunging reservoir levels as the dry spell intensifies.

Most of NSW has had very much below average rainfall for the past two years, and Sydney’s April-May period is on track to be its second driest in 160 years, the Bureau of Meteorology said.