Monthly Archives: Februar 2020

250 water bodies in TN’s industrial estates to be restored with IIT-M help – India

With a view to de-risking industries from water shortage, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to rehabilitate around 250 water bodies lying currently in disuse in the various land parcels owned by the state’s industry promotion body, SIPCOT.

The state government is taking the help of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras for this purpose, N Muruganandam, Principal Secretary ,Industries department , Government of Tamil Nadu, said today.

“With the restoration of these water bodies along with the planned tertiary treatment and desalination water plants, the industry can be fully assured that there would never be a water shortage problem even in the worst of droughts,” Muruganandam said, speaking at the annual conference of the Tamil Nadu Chapter of the Confederation of India Industry.

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Andhra Pradesh’s desalination plants look paradoxical – India

The news that Andhra Pradesh is planning to go in for desalination plants in the State with Israeli technology comes as a surprise in fact. Desalination plants are a solution to the water problem no doubt, but for Andhra Pradesh to mull the same is ironical.

Andhra Pradesh is not exactly a water deficit State by any yardstick. Its problem is the run-off waters. Nearly 3,000 tmcft water flows waste into the sea every year through the Godavari and the Krishna rivers.

Good monsoons and cyclones are also a feature that should ensure water surplus if the State goes in for careful planning.

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DEWA receives world’s lowest tariff of 0.306 USD for Hassyan desalination plant – UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) received with world’s lowest water levelised tariff of 0.306 USD per cubic metre for its 120 Million Gallons Per Day (MIGD) Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant.

The project is DEWA’s first Independent Water Producer (IWP) model project.

DEWA has adopted the IWP procurement model 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. The Project will be commissioned in August 2023. The plant will use the latest and most efficient and reliable technologies to support DEWA’s water network to ensure sustainable water supply.

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Andhra plans desalination plants with Israeli technology – India

The Andhra Pradesh government plans to set up desalination plants along coastal districts in collaboration with Israeli company IDE Technologies to overcome the drinking water shortage in the state.

After a meeting with IDE Technoligies Deputy CEO Lizi Torenstine and other officials here on Wednesday, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said efforts to set up desalination plants was to ensure that not a single drop of water goes waste.

He pointed out that Israel is totally dependent on water through desalination.

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GCC Countries Leading the World in Desalination with Around 40% of Total – UAE

 The GCC is leading the world in desalination with the UAE and KSA being market leaders, according to data published ahead of the second edition of MENA Desalination Projects Conference taking place on 10-11 March 2020 at Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

GCC countries have the highest global water desalination capacity of 81%, producing around 40% of the total world water desalination.  KSA is responsible for about one-fifth of global production and leads the world in the volume of desalinated water it produces which makes up 50% of its water consumed.

The country is the largest desalination market in the world producing around 4 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day, and approximately $80 bn is expected to be invested in new projects over the next 10 years.

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Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge 2020 kicks off – Oman

MUSCAT, FEB 23 – MEDRC announced on Sunday the opening of team registration for this year’s Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge Prize Competition.

The Competition is a global water prize that looks to award $700,000 to the person or team that can invent a small, cheap and easy to use desalination device that would enable people in emergency situations to single handedly purify salty or contaminated water to a safe drinking standard.

Today’s announcement comes after MEDRC has completed the screening process for all of the 2019 entries and officially declared that no winning device has been found.

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Device inspired by mangroves could help clear up flood water – Britain

A novel approach to removing salt from water, inspired by mangrove trees, has been revealed by researchers who say the system could offer an unusual approach to clearing up flood water.

Mangroves, like other trees, employ a system of water transport: it is thought evaporation of moisture from their leaves produces a negative pressure in their water-conducting tissues that helps to draw water into their roots and up their trunks.

This transport relies on surface tension, the fact that water molecules like to interact with the walls of the tissues, and that water molecules exert a “tug” on each other.

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Saudi Arabia to invest $110bn in Al Jafura unconventional gas field – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco is planning to invest $110 billion (Dh404bn) to develop unconventional gas reserves in the Al Jafura field in the eastern region of the kingdom, the state-run news agency reported on Saturday.

Development of the field is expected to generate over a period of 22 years a net income of $8.6 billion annually for the government and contribute an estimated $20bn to the country’s gross domestic product, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said, according to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Prince Mohammed directed that the field’s gas production be allocated as a priority to domestic sectors such as manufacturing, electricity, water desalination and mining to keep pace with growth rates outlined by Vision 2030 economic transformation programme, SPA said.

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EPA admin addresses plan to protect clean water in US – United States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined its plan to protect America’s clean water supply, but clean water advocates are warning of the dangers of said plans.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says he’s looking overseas for inspiration on how to protect the country’s clean water.

“They recycle between 88% and 94% of their water. Here in the U.S., we only recycle 6%. We can learn a lot from them,” Wheeler said of Israel.

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Possible Water Board hearing on desalination plant is nearing – California

Those supporting Poseidon Water’s plans to build a saltwater-to-freshwater conversion factory on the Huntington Beach coast certainly hoped the desalination project would be moving forward in earnest by now.

A December 2019 vote on the desalination plant was put off, however, and Poseidon would have to wait a few more months before knowing whether it would be allowed to go forward with its ambitious $1 billion project.

Members of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board are expected to make a decision on Poseidon’s project in April. Will the board finally approve the permits Poseidon has been seeking for several years?

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