Monthly Archives: Oktober 2020

Egypt’s Sisi inaugurates a host of national projects in Sinai – Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi attended on Saturday the opening ceremony of the King Salman International University in the resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh.

The university comprises 15 faculties distributed among its three branches in El-Tor, Ras Sedr, and Sharm El-Sheikh cities, and can accommodate over 25,000 students, according to a video played during the inauguration. 

The president opened the two other branches in El-Tor and Ras Sedr via video-conference.

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Parliamentary body for early completion of Gwadar projects – Pakistan

The Parliamentary Committee on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) emphasized on early completion of ongoing projects at Gwadar pertaining to development of infrastructure, water, health, provision of energy, and security arrangements in view of the importance of Gwadar port.

In an in camera meeting of the CPEC chaired by Sher Ali Arbab after receiving briefing from relevant ministries and departments remarked that Gwadar is the most important component of the CPEC, as the success of the CPEC is linked with the effective operationalisation of Gwadar.

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IDE Technologies secures contract for desalination plant in Chile – Chile

IDE Technologies, a global leader in desalination and water treatment, was recently awarded by Aguas Pacífico SpA the EPC contract for the Aconcagua Desalination Plant in Chile.

The project includes the engineering, supply, construction, start-up and commissioning of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant with a nominal production capacity of 86,400 m3/day (1,000 liters per second), that will be in the bay of Quintero in the Valparaíso Region of Chile.

The plant will be the first drought-proof source of fresh water in the Aconcagua basin to serve municipal, agricultural, industrial and mining clients in the region.

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Cape Town plans to be African leader in water and sanitation services – Cape Town

The City is on a mission to make Cape Town the first African city to be a world leader in water and sanitation services.

Yesterday, City officials visited the Wemmershoek Dam to brief the media on the water outlook over the next few years.

Mayor Dan Plato said: “It must be emphasised that the full dams are an achievement we arrived at collectively. Cape Town has always been a city of action.

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Mumbai civic body revives plan to set up desalination plant for potable water – India

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities plan to set up a desalination plant near Gorai beach following a growing need for an alternative potable water source due to changing patterns of rainfall.

The desalination plant will purify seawater into potable water.

Maharashtra minister for environment Aaditya Thackeray on Monday gave a go-ahead to the project and has directed the BMC authorities to prepare a feasibility report by reviving the civic body’s 2007 plan.

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Al-Sisi directs TSFE to maximise value of state assets – Egypt

(MENAFN – Daily News Egypt) President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi directed, on Sunday, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) to maximise the value of state assets whose ownership was transferred to the Fund.

He also ordered the government to ‘to present the best alternatives for re-employing those assets to achieve optimal benefit, successful management, and higher return.’

Al-Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, and Executive Director of TSFE Ayman Soliman.

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Almar water and HA Utilities BV take over key desalination assets in Egypt – Egypt

Almar Water Solutions, Abdul Latif Jameel Energy’s dedicated water solutions unit, and HA Utilities BV (HAU), part of Hassan Allam Holding (HAH), have finalized a deal with the Ridgewood Group, taking ownership of assets with a total desalination capacity of 82,440 cubic meters of drinking water per day, from 58 desalination plants located across Egypt.

The deal was closed under the joint venture between Almar Water Solutions and HA Utilities BV, announced in 2019, and created to provide sustainable water infrastructure solutions to both municipal and industrial clients across Egypt.

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The City wants to build a R1.8-billion desalination plant – Cape Town

The City of Cape Town plans to build a permanent desalination plant capable of producing 50-million litres of water per day by 2026. The project will cost R1.8-billion.

The City said that its Water Strategy is already in action as 15-million litres of groundwater is added to the water supply daily via the Table Mountain Group Aquifer.

The strategy also includes other projects like the desalination plant, alien vegetation clearing, the augmentation of the Berg River and water reuse.

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Pandemic amplifies trend toward inclusive modernisation – South Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced mining companies to “fundamentally rethink” the way they operate, says Minerals Council South Africa modernisation and safety senior executive Sietse van der Woude.

He adds that the shift to remote working and flexible working hours has highlighted humanity’s dependence on digital technologies, while demonstrating how technology can be leveraged to benefit society as a whole.

“Because of Covid-19, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which was already in play and is characterised by automation and digitalisation, is taking a quantum leap.

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Taps And Reservoirs Run Dry As Moroccan Drought Hits Farmers – Morocco

Two years of drought have drained reservoirs in southern Morocco, threatening crops the region relies on and leading to nightly cuts in tap water for an area that is home to a million people.

In a country that relies on farming for two jobs in five and 14% of its gross domestic product (GDP), the problems caused by increasingly erratic rainfall and the depletion of groundwater are growing every year.

In the rich citrus plantations of El Guerdan, stretching eastward from the southern city of Agadir, more than half of farmers rely on two dams in the mountains of Aoulouz, 126 km (78 miles) away, to irrigate their trees.

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