Monthly Archives: November 2020

Al Dahra signs strategic water security agreement with Israel’s Watergen – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based Al Dahra Holding Company has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Israeli company, Watergen to create a renewable source of water for human and agricultural consumption.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two sides have agreed to establish a permanent centre in Abu Dhabi for manufacturing and distributing drinking and irrigation water production equipment.

Watergen has developed a pioneering technology to produce water from air and has patented the world’s most energy efficient atmospheric water generator (AWG).

Abu Dhabi’s Al Dahra, Israel’s Watergen ink water security deal – United Arab Emirates

Watergen developed a pioneering technology to produce water from the air and patented the world’s most energy-efficient atmospheric water generator (AWG).

The large-scale AWG is an industrial scale atmospheric water generator designed for towns, villages, factories, off-grid settlements and rural communities, which can produce up to 5,000 litres of water per day.

They can also be installed on rooftops, helping to decentralise the supply of safe-drinking water in municipalities that have insufficient water infrastructure.


Antioch Desalination Plant: City Takes Out $15M Line Of Credit – California

The Antioch City Council on Tuesday night approved signing a new $15 million line of credit for the construction of a desalination plant to treat brackish water drawn from the San Joaquin River.

Outgoing Mayor Sean Wright said enthusiastically before the unanimous approval, “I want this one.”

The water plant proposal has been in the works since 2016. The agreement with the city’s lender, Bank of the West, will cover construction costs as the $64.6 million project gets underway next year at the location of the existing water treatment plant.


Karachi Plan Worth Rs. 1.117T Comprises Over 100 Projects – Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday was informed that the federal government’s Karachi Transformation Plan comprised over 100 projects that would cost Rs 1.117 trillion to fully fund.

The high-level meeting—attended by federal ministers Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Asad Umar, Faisal Vawda and Adviser on Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, as well as Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa—was briefed on the overall progress of the plan.

It was informed that the projects had been divided into three phases in term of when they would be completed.


$15 million credit line will help Antioch build desalination plant – California

Antioch’s plan to build a desalination plant to clear up the city’s brackish water got another boost this week when the City Council unanimously approved $15 million in interim financing.

The almost $70 million project aims to develop a reliable, drought-resistant water supply so the city doesn’t have to depend so much on buying water and can use Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta water year-round.

Antioch’s current water supply, which mainly comes from the river, serves more than 112,000 residents within a 28.8-square-mile area.


DEWA announces UTICO as preferred bidder for Hassyan Independent Water Producer project – United Arab Emirates

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced on Wednesday that it has selected Ras Al Khaimah-based Utico is the preferred bidder to build and operate the 120 million gallons per day (MIGD) Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant, the utility’s first project under the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model.

DEWA said in a press statement that the project has achieved a world record with lowest levelised water tariff of 0.277 USD per cubic metre.


Uddhav Thackeray clears Mumbai’s first desalination plant – India

Mumbai is all set to get its first desalination plant with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday giving the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) the go-ahead to set up a plant.

The proposed plant, which will process 200 million litres of water daily (MLD), will come up at Manori and is being set up to overcome the water shortage faced by Mumbai in the months of May and June.

Thackeray said that the desalination project would provide relief to the citizens in tackling the 10 to 15 per cent water cut they face every year in May and June due to the delayed monsoon.


Solar-powered desalination system commissioned in Cape Coast, Ghana – Ghana

A solar-powered desalination system has been commissioned in Cape Coast, the capital city of the Central Region of south Ghana, after 24 months of research and development.

The facility is specifically situated at the Philip Quaque School, the oldest school in the West African country. This location was chosen with the help of Technik ohne Grenzen e.V and the local people.

The project was developed by Grino Water Solutions, which with the help of Safeflex way water technologies Limited was able to construct a borehole from which a pump drags about 8 m3 of water per day.


$400mln mega water projects to come up in Oman – Oman

South Korean-based global construction heavyweight GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) has announced that consortiums led by its wholly-owned Spanish subsidiary, GS Inima, have secured mandates to build a pair of major Independent Water Projects (IWPs) in the Sultanate with a combined investment of over $400 million.

The first of these water desalination schemes will come up at Ghubrah in Muscat Governorate, while the other is planned at Barka in South Al Batinah Governorate.

Wholly financed, developed and operated by the private sector, both projects will help meet robust potable water demand growth in the capital city, as well as the populous Batinah belt over the long term.


Egypt is EBRD’s largest investment country through 2025 – Managing director for SEMED – Egypt

In its annual meeting held in October, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved its next five-year strategy, putting Egypt as the bank’s biggest investment country through 2025.

During her visit to Egypt in November, Managing Director for the EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region Heike Harmgart shared with Ahram Online in an exclusive interview the key pillars of the bank’s new strategy and how Egypt is expected to benefit from the scheme.

She also unveiled the amount of finances Egypt has received from the bank since the onset of the pandemic, including the private sector and the banking system.