Monthly Archives: Juni 2019

Houthi missile targets Saudi desalination plant – Saudi

The Arab coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen said on Thursday a projectile launched by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels had landed on Wednesday night near a desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia, causing no casualties or damage.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki said security forces were working to determine the type of projectile that had been used in the attack.

Shuqaiq is in the southwestern Saudi province of Jazan bordering Yemen.

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Water projects worth $166m being inaugurated in central Iran – Iran

According to Ardakanian, in addition to the finished projects, the energy ministry has 207 projects worth 87 trillion rials (over $2 billion) underway across Isfahan province, some of which are just started and some are halfway through.

The official mentioned pipeline water supply to rural areas as a priority project for the energy ministry in the region, saying this weak 60 villages were connected to the country’s water supply system through pipeline.

In early April, Ardakanian said that the investment in the country’s power and water sectors reached over 162.6 trillion rials (over $3.87 billion) in the last Iranian calendar year of 1397 (ended on March 20, 2019).

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Desalination plant provider takes legal action against City of Cape Town – Cape Town

Cape Town – The company in charge of the desalination plant at the Waterfront is taking legal action against the City.

Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) lodged court papers in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday. 

QFS managing director Herman Smit said: “The plant is still not in operation as the contractual disputes have not been settled. The City has failed to clarify its legal position relative to the water to be injected. QFS have, via their legal advisor, formally advised the City that QFS does not believe the City is meeting its legal obligations to comply with the necessary water safety regulations.”

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Tamil Nadu reels under water crisis, IT firms and hotels in Chennai severely hit by shortage – Chennai

Tamil Nadu and its capital Chennai are faced with an acute water crisis that has triggered instances of violence and has forced establishments to find new ways to conserve water.

The Porur Lake in Chennai, which is considered one of the main sources of water for the city, is almost at its lowest ever level and the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board is now banking on water from desalination plants and stone quarries in Kanchipuram district, India Today had reported.

The water crisis has affected almost every sector, including information technology, hospitals and restaurants. Some IT companies in Chennai have asked employees to work from home, The News Minute reported last week.

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DEWA breaks world record for re-engineering gas turbine overhaul – Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has broken the world record in major inspection outages by re-engineering the Gas Turbine SGT-4000F overhaul process at the Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Complex.

DEWA succeeded the completion of its major inspection outage within 11 working days compared to 30 working days previously. This allows a 63% reduction in outage duration, leading to increased availability of its gas turbines.

“This meets the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to continue the path towards excellence and being first in everything. We aim to continuously develop our programmes, plans, and projects to strengthen our competitive position globally level to achieve the highest reliability, efficiency, and savings in operational and maintenance expenditure.

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India and Israel join hands to develop solutions to desertification and living in the desert – India

“As part of our growing partnership with India, Israel is keen to work together and share all its experience and cutting edge technology in our joint fight against desertification, including a strategic partnership on water management and water security,” said Dr Malka.

Israel has been working in depth in the field of desert technologies and methods of dealing with desertification.

With over 60 per cent of its territory being a desert and another 20 per cent semi-arid land, Israel has been working to develop solutions to desertification and living in the desert, including: desert agriculture, irrigation, desalination, aquaculture, afforestation and management of water resources.

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Madras HC pulls up TN govt over water crisis, asks for report on measures taken – India

Even as the state of Tamil Nadu is in the throes of a severe water crisis, the Madras High Court has pulled up the state government on measures it has taken. The state government has been directed to file a report on how it has addressed the issue by June 17. 

According to a report in The Hindu, the court was hearing cases filed against the commercial exploitation of groundwater from the outskirts of the city. In particular, one public interest litigation (PIL) from a resident of Vellore district had alleged that sewage was being allowed to flow through into a water channel.

A division bench of Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad also sought details of the number of sewage treatment plants (STPs) present. 

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FCC, Veolia, Utico in race for Saudi Yanbu-4 water project – Saudi Arabia

Ten leading utility developer consortiums led by top global players including FCC, Cobra and GS Inima (from Spain), Suez and Veolia (France) beside Emirati group Utico and Japan’s Marubeni have been prequalified by Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) for the Yanbu-4 independent water project (IWP).

The project is being set up in the kingdom’s Yanbu province using reverse osmosis (RO) seawater desalination technology, said senior officials of SWPC (formerly Saudi Water & Electricity Company).

According to them, the Request for Proposals (RFPs) has already been been issued to the following qualified bidders.

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Corpus Christi desalination plans could soon become less murky – Texas

The city of Corpus Christi has long made known its desire to bring seawater desalination to the area, but where such a facility would be located has remained unknown.

That question is closer to being answered, after council members were presented Tuesday an update on the status of the city’s ongoing efforts to identify alternative water sources.

The city is looking at sites along the La Quinta Channel and the Inner Harbor, but have not identified specific locations for a seawater desalination plant.

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As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise – California

Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America.

Each day 100 million gallons of seawater are pushed through semi-permeable membranes to create 50 million gallons of water that is piped to municipal users. Carlsbad, which became fully operational in 2015, creates about 10 percent of the fresh water the 3.1 million people in the region use, at about twice the cost of the other main source of water.

Expensive, yes, but vital for the fact that it is local and reliable. “Drought is a recurring condition here in California,” said Jeremy Crutchfield, water resources manager at the San Diego County Water Authority. “We just came out of a five-year drought in 2017. The plant has reduced our reliance on imported supplies, which is challenging at times here in California. So it’s a component for reliability.”

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