Monthly Archives: Oktober 2020

SWCC completes seven small-to-medium-sized desalination plants in KSA – Saudi Arabia

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has completed work on seven small, and medium-sized desalination plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that have a total production and supply capacity of 304,350cu m per day.

According to a report by Arab News, which citied a senior official as saying that the SWCC achieved the construction target despite the ongoing pandemic.

This was due to the use of innovative solutions and new technologies developed in line with international standards, the report added.

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SWCC completes work on 7 desal plants in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has completed the work on seven small and medium-sized desalination plants that have a total production and supply capacity of 304,350 cu m per day, said a report. 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the SWCC achieved the construction target with its innovative solutions and new technologies developed in line with international standards, reported Arab News, citing a senior official. 

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Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam now gets piped water – Chennai – India

The residents of Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam have begun getting piped water, nearly a decade after the area was added to the city corporation limits.

The underground sewage system became operational more than three years ago.

A senior Metrowater official said work on laying pipelines to supply water began a few years ago in the area which is criss-crossed by 547 streets.

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Saudi Arabia’s SWCC completes construction of 7 desalination plants – Saudi Arabia

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the SWCC successfully managed to complete the projects with production and supply capacity of 304,350 cubic meters per daily.

SWCC Gov. Abdullah Al-Abdul Kareem said the corporation has successfully completed work on small and medium-sized plants that consume less energy and are more reliable.

The Shuqaiq Desalination Plant has begun operations with a production capacity of 42,500 cubic meters, he said.x

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The Danfoss compact solution saves energy use – Italy

Danfoss high-pressure pumps and compact and powerful drives are at the heart of a SWRO modular desalination plant used by the Sarlux refinery in Sardinia, Italy.

Their installation has resulted in reduced energy consumption and made maintenance much easier.

The process of seawater desalination is intrinsically energy intensive. Therefore, operating costs related to electricity consumption are very significant and directly impact the sustainability and profitability of a desalination plant.

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Farm labour, water security and new farm equipment for rural Australia targeted in Federal Budget – Australia

The Federal Budget includes billions of dollars for water infrastructure, and an extended instant asset write-off to help rural Australia lead the country out of the COVID-19 recession.

But those hoping for a clear plan to address the desperate worker shortage on farms or deal with increasing global trade tensions may be disappointed.

With a forecast labour shortage of almost 30,000 workers this harvest, the Federal Government has committed $17.4 million over two years for relocation assistance.

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IIT Madras team wins US Energy Dept’s ‘Waves to Water Prize’ – India

Indian Institute of Technology Madras Researchers are part of an international team that won the first two phases of the ‘Waves to Water Prize’ in a competition organized by US Department of Energy.

The objective is to design a wave energy-based desalination system to provide post-disaster drinking water supply to coastal areas.

Team ‘Nalu e Wai’ is a collaboration between the US, India and Sweden.

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Desalination Still in Its Infancy – Iran

Desalinated water accounts for a meager 0.1% of the total annual water consumption in Iran while in some neighboring countries like Saudi Arabia it is 70%.

Iran’s annual water consumption is about 99 billion cubic meters, of which less than 100 million cubic meters (per annum) is produced via 60 desalination plants in the coastal regions, namely Khuzestan, Hormozgan and Bushehr, ILNA reported.

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Here’s what desalination plant projects private companies presented to City Council – Texas

The city of Corpus Christi won’t decide how it’s going to build and operate a desalination plant until next year or 2022. 

But during its regular meeting Tuesday, City Council heard from 10 companies that presented their proposals for alternative water sources for Corpus Christi.

Two of the proposals were for ground water projects, two were for wastewater reuse and six were for desalination. 

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Wasser marsch!

Fragen zu dem Thema lässt Danone von einer PR-Agentur beantworten. “Seit einigen Jahren betreiben wir Wasserspar-Maßnahmen, die dafür gesorgt haben, dass wir unsere Entnahmen deutlich verringern konnten”, teilt diese mit und widerspricht den Daten aus den Kommissionsdokumenten: “Angesichts der anhaltenden Dürre senken wir seit 2017 Jahr für Jahr unsere Entnahmen während der Sommer-Monate.” Die Präfektur, der die Kommission untergeordnet ist, äußerte sich auf Anfrage nicht dazu.

Doch es gibt nicht nur diese Ungereimtheiten. Die Danone-Tochterfirma Société des eaux de Volvic überwacht nämlich ebenfalls die Folgen der Wasserentnahme. Sie kennt offenbar auch den Bach Gargouilloux, der nicht nur Fischteiche gefüllt hat, sondern auch Trinkwasser für die Region liefert. Denn schon als Danone im Sommer 2015 seine Entnahmen in Volvic erhöhte, so heißt es in einem internen Papier der Société des eaux de Volvic, seien “Auswirkungen der Pumpmaßnahmen auf die Trinkwasser-Entnahmestelle des Gargouilloux” nachgewiesen worden.

Daten der Umweltbehörde Dreal belegen darüber hinaus, dass die Fließgeschwindigkeit des Gargouilloux zwischen 2013 und 2019 um rund 85 Prozent gesunken sei – ein deutliches Indiz für ein Problem bereits an dessen Quelle.

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