Monthly Archives: April 2020

SEWA chairman says emirate has developed a comprehensive plan to ensure provision and continuity of water supplies to residents – UAE

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure the provision and continuity of water supplies for the emirate’s residents, on par with the highest levels of availability, reliability and quality, the authority’s chairman has said.

In a statement released by SEWA, Dr Rashid Alleem said that Sharjah’s water networks extend for more than 3,500km and that production reaches 110 million gallons per day across the emirate, including 90 million gallons during the day.

“The authority is making great efforts to produce and desalinate water and distribute it to subscribers, as well as to educate them about the importance of water conservation and optimal use, as well as about remaining at home, except in cases of emergencies, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” stated Dr Alleem.


Saudi Arabia issues RFP for 380kV Substation at Jubail 3B IWP – Saudi Arabia

Developers of Jubail 3B Indepent Water Producer Project (IWP), which is under bidding stage issued the RFP for 380kV Substation and 380kV Transmission line package.

The Planned capacity of the Jubail 3B IWP is 570,000 m3/day. The plant will be designed using Reverse Osmosis seawater desalination technology.

The desalination plant will be located in Jubail area, eastern region of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Energy Recovery Wins $8.3M of Egyptian Water Projects – Egypt

Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERII) today announced awards of USD $8.3M to supply its PX® Pressure Exchanger® devices (“PX”) and related equipment and services to multiple desalination projects in Egypt.

“Energy Recovery prides itself on being a trusted partner to the desalination industry, and we remain dedicated to serving our customers as we adjust to the impacts of COVID-19.

The reputation of our PX and its lifetime value proposition are unmatched, and we are focused on fulfilling orders from existing inventory as well as booking new orders. Desalination plants are a critical part of the fresh water infrastructure of many countries, and we are proud to play our part in delivering affordable, clean water to the people of Egypt,” said Robert Mao, Energy Recovery Chairman and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer.


Antioch approves $27 million water rights settlement – California

The state has agreed to pay Antioch $27 million in a settlement that guarantees the city’s 150-year old rights to pump water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for the long term and will help pay for a planned desalination plant.

In return, the city will ditch a provision in a 1968 water rights deal that required the state to reimburse it for one-third of the cost to buy substitute water from the Contra Costa Water District when the Delta water gets too salty, which has been occurred more frequently in recent years.

The Antioch City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the settlement from the lawsuit it filed in 2017 against the California Department of Water Resources.


SA Water to build solar farm on former oil refinery site – Australia

Nothing says energy transition quite like a renewable energy facility being built on an old fossil fuel asset. Solar farms have been built on or near several old coal plants, and now the South Australia state government utility SA Water plans to build a new solar farm with more than 35,000 solar PV panels on the site of a former oil refinery.

SA Water said on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase 14 hectares of land at the former ExxonMobil Port Stanvac oil refinery, next to the Adelaide Desalination Plant which the solar farm will help power. and as part of the utility’s push to a “zero cost energy future” that involves more than 150MW of solar across dozens of sites, and 34 megawatt hours of battery storage.

The ExxonMobil refinery was closed in 2003 and demolished in 2014, and the overall 240 hectare site is being remediated to pave the way for other industry activity.


Dubai’s DEWA applies precautionary measures as it continues to deliver services – UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has undertaken a set of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its customers and staff.

This is in line with Dubai Government’s efforts to provide the highest level of protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). DEWA has ensured the continuity of its delivery of electricity and water services, according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency.

DEWA’s staff have undergone training programmes to use technological tools and channels in its state-of-the-art digital infrastructure over the last few years.


12-Hour Shifts, Sleeping in RVs: Carlsbad Desalination Plant Gets New Crew – California

A 10-person crew is in the midst of a three-week shelter-in-place shift at the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, relieving an initial crew that self-quarantined on site for three weeks to continue producing clean drinking water for county residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting March 19, the first crew of 10 “mission-critical employees” was stationed at the plant to continue operations, working two 12-hour shifts each day and sleeping in RVs in the plant parking lot, according to Poseidon Water, which manages the plant. Food and other supplies were delivered on a daily basis.

The crew was relieved last Thursday and the current crew will remain at the plant until April 30.


Beijing water operator reports revenue gains in 2019 – China

Beijing Capital Co Ltd, the world’s fifth-largest and the country’s second-largest water operator, reported revenue of more than 14.9 billion yuan in 2019, 20 percent up compared with the same period in the previous year. Total profit reached 1.598 billion yuan ($227.17 million), up 25 percent year-on-year.

Environmental business revenue reached 14.6 billion yuan, 98 percent of total revenue. Business relating to water affairs witnessed a year-on-year increase of 29 percent, and solid waste business was up 15 percent.

The company said its research and development expenditures last year rose 71 percent year-on-year, to 48.5 million yuan.


Ensuring water security in South Africa – South Africa

With increasing pressure from population growth and the need for water to support economic growth, South Africa’s water security is increasingly at risk. Additional threats are posed by climate change, land-use changes, declining water quality, and catchment degradation.

“Not only is it vital that South Africa continues to invest in the development of its physical infrastructure systems, we must also invest in the people who manage these system and maintain our critical ecological infrastructure such as wetlands, catchments, groundwater aquifers, and river systems,” Aurecon Technical Director James Cullis (Pr Eng, PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering) comments.

Aurecon is currently in the process of rebranding as Zutari, after officially announcing the separation of the African business from the Aurecon Group, effective from 1 January 2020.


Nelson Mandela Bay dam levels dropping faster in lockdown – South Africa

As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases increase in Nelson Mandela Bay, the dam levels continue to decrease — sitting at a combined level of 23.77% on Monday.

Three days before the forced lockdown on March 26, the combined level of the city’s four major storage dams was 25.05%.

Infrastructure and engineering political head Andile Lungisa said the city was facing two disasters, with the consequences of both dire for the city, reports HeraldLIVE.