Monthly Archives: April 2020

People living in maritime islands now have access to clean and safe drinking water – Melanesia

Good news for people living in the maritime islands as they will now get access to clean and safe drinking water.

The Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management has been donated a mobile desalination plant that will assist maritime communities with water supply during periods of emergencies through the reverse osmosis of saltwater into freshwater.

The desalination plant will be able to convert 50,000 litres of water in one day for drinking and household use.

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NREL Launches $9 Million Solar Desalination Prize Competition – Colorado

On April 28, with support from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) kicked off the Solar Desalination Prize, a $9 million competition that’s part of the American-Made Challenges series.

The competition is designed to accelerate the development of systems that use solar-thermal energy to produce clean drinking water from salt water.

NREL manages each of the American-Made Challenges for the DOE.

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Acciona to build its fourth reverse osmosis desalination plant in KSA – Saudi Arabia

Acciona has announced that it has won a $500 million contract from Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) to build its fourth desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The Al Khobar 2 reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant will be built in partnership with Al Rashid Trading and Contracting Company (RTCC).

To be located on the east coast of Saudi Arabia around 400 km from Riyadh, the facility will have a daily capacity of more than 600,000 cu. m., making it one of the biggest in the country and the largest RO plant under EPC scheme awarded in a single shot in the Kingdom.

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Egypt builds the world’s biggest agricultural drainage treatment plant – Egypt

HE President AbdelFattah El Sisi officially inaugurated the Al Mahsamma agricultural drainage treatment, recycling and reuse plant in Egypt’s Ismailia Governorate on Thursday. Worth about $100 million, the project is the largest of its kind in the world.

With a capacity of one million cu. m. per day, built on an area of 42,000 sqm., the project has been developed by a joint venture (JV) comprised of Metito and Hassan Allam Construction under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority.

The JV’s scope of work includes engineering, construction, operation, commissioning and operation and maintenance for a period of five years.

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Abu Dhabi Department of Energy Issues 2019 Annual Technical Report – UAE

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has issued the 2019 Annual Technical Report for Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sectors in Abu Dhabi, as part of its role as the regulating body, in charge of driving improvement in the technical performance of the energy sector. The aim is to enable the sector to play its critical part in driving the energy transition with improved efficiency and security of supply, while contributing to socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The report features performance indicators for the water, electricity, and wastewater and recycled water, health, safety, and environment, exploring productivity rates and the developments that have transformed these sectors, as well as demand loads, transmission and distribution, and power grid performance in addition to identifying licensees in each sector.

The report has been developed based on the regulatory reports and documents submitted to DoE by the licensed companies operating in each sector across the emirate over the course of last year.

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SCWD Board Approves Path to By-District Elections – California

The South Coast Water District Board of Directors approved an interim settlement agreement Thursday that clears the way for the agency to transition to by-district voting in 2022.

If the directors approve the new voting system next year, SCWD would join the hundreds of other public agencies to move away from at-large voting under threat of lawsuits authorized by the California Voting Rights Act.

In January, SCWD received a demand letter from Newport Beach attorney Philip Greer who claims to represent a number of SCWD ratepayers concerned that at-large elections stymie candidates who represent the district’s racial and socio-economic diversity. District leaders immediately signaled their acquiescence to avoid a costly lawsuit.

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Corpus Christi applies for $222 million loan for desalination plant in port’s Inner Harbor – Texas

The city of Corpus Christi is exploring securing $222 million in loans to pay for its first seawater desalination plant.

The City Council on Tuesday authorized its staff to apply to the Texas Water Development Board for the money.

The funds, if approved, would cover costs to both the design and build the facility in the Port of Corpus Christi’s Inner Harbor.

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Veolia Oman mobilises to maintain water, waste services – Oman

Since the beginning of the crisis, global water solutions specialist Veolia has put in place business continuity plans specific to each country that focus primarily on producing and supplying drinking water and treating wastewater, preserving waste collection operation, safeguarding energy management activities in cooling networks, performing industrial on-site services to ensure industrial continue to operate and upholding its activities processing hazardous waste, which is vital to maintaining key industrial operations.

In Oman, the men and women of Veolia who are highly experienced in managing crisis, draw on the Group’s solid organisation and tried and tested methods to carry out duties, even in the most difficult and critical conditions.

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Saudi nuclear projects can meet desalination needs and generate jobs – Saudi Arabia

The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) published a new commentary that explores the Saudi nuclear energy project.

The paper said that establishing a nuclear sector in Saudi Arabia would lead to lower unemployment, increase average wages, and help the Kingdom in meeting its desalination needs.“Nuclear desalination makes sense for Saudi Arabia, as it falls far below the water poverty line, as defined by the UN, at 2,000 cubic meters per capita,” according to the KAPSARC paper.

The paper explains that there are five potential vendors for Saudi Arabia’s first two nuclear reactors and affirms that the choice will determine the importance of maintaining a strong diplomatic bilateral relationship with the vendor country over the coming decades.

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Acwa Power contributes $0.34mn to support tahya misr fund’s efforts in combating covid-19 – Egypt

ACWA Power – a leading energy and water desalination provider – has donated EGP 5.5 million ($0.34mn) to Tahya Misr Fund with an aim to support the Egyptian government’s efforts in mitigating the impact of Covid-19.

The contribution reinforces ACWA Power’s social commitment to supporting the relief and prevention measures of the countries it operates in, and safeguarding the health and safety of its communities.

The EGP 5 million pledge to Tahya Misr Fund will be directed towards the purchase of ventilators and RT-PCR detection kits to boost the testing capacity for COVID-19 across Egypt.

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