Monthly Archives: November 2020

Toray to Supply RO Membrane for Desalination Plants in Bahrain, UAE – Bahrain

Toray Industries has recently announced that it has been awarded orders for the supply of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane for the Al Dur 2 Desalination Plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant in the United Arab Emirates.

While the combined water production capacity of the two plants will amass 911,000 m3/day, the Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant alone will hold one of the world’s largest capacity with 681,000 m3/day fresh water production.

The supply of RO membranes and technical services to the plants are planned to be provided by Toray Membrane Middle East LLC (TMME), a Toray’s local subsidiary located in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


ACCIONA uses digital twin technology to start up Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

An ACCIONA team in Madrid has for the first time tested and commissioned a desalination plant thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia using “Digital Twin” technology.

The Digital Twin – an exact digital copy of the Al-Khobar 1 Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant in Saudi Arabia – allowed a specialist team in Madrid to begin testing and commissioning at the plant remotely, with only minimal staff on site.

The technology allowed the commissioning of the plant to remain on schedule in spite of the travel restrictions in force as a result of the pandemic.


Grino installs a solar-powered desalination system in Cape Coast – Ghana

At least 1,000 people are currently benefiting from a desalination system that has just been installed in the coastal city of Cape Coast, Central Province, Ghana.

This is the result of a pilot project implemented by Grino Water Solutions, a start-up based in Nuremberg, Germany.

The system consists of an 8m3 per day borehole that pumps salt water. It is powered by a photovoltaic solar system consisting of 24 panels.


Purdue-led team named quarterfinalist in DOE solar innovation contest (TDnews) – Indiana

A Purdue University innovator and his team are among the quarterfinalists in a national solar desalination innovation contest.

They received the recognition for a technology to use solar power to purify high salinity water, such as treating desalination brine or produced water from oil and gas extraction.

The team includes two company partners, NiekAab Desal, with efforts led by Ali Amiri, and Focused Sun, with their efforts led by Shawn Buckley.

Morocco to receive a loan for construction of two seawater desalination stations – Morocco

The government of Morocco is set to receive an over US$ 5.9M loan from its Spanish counterpart for the construction of two seawater desalination stations in the towns of Assa Zag in the economic region of Guelmim-Oued Noun and Moulay Brahim in Al Haouz Province of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region.

Approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday the 3rd of November this year, the credit facility will be granted by the Official Credit Institute (Spanish; Instituto de Crédito Oficial: ICO) which is a Spanish lending institution that also operates as State Financial Agency, through its Corporate Internationalisation Fund (FIEM) to the Moroccan National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE).


Egypt to partner with private sector in building four water desalination plants – Egypt

Egypt will announce four new seawater desalination plants in partnership with the private sector in January 2021, the Minister of Finance, Mohamed Maait, said.

A desalination plant will be established in Matrouh’s Hamam City with a capacity of 190,000 cubic metres per day and three other plants will be built in Safaga, El-Quseir, and Marsa Alam with capacities ranging between 20,000 and 40,000 cubic metres per day, Maait added in a statement on Thursday.

The country is planning to establish 19 seawater desalination plants between 2020 and 2025 to make the best use of water resources and achieve sustainable development, he pointed out.


Windsor Park Elementary students debate topic of desalination – Texas

It’s a highly debated issue, whether the city of Corpus Christi should construct a multi-million-dollar saltwater desalination plant in the city’s inner harbor.

On Friday, some of our youngest citizens tackled the real-world topic.

They may be third graders, but a group of Windsor Park Elementary students took time to debate the pros and cons of building a desal plant and what it could mean for a future water supply.


Desalcott to shut down again – south, central Trinidad affected – The Caribbean

At a joint news conference held today by the Water and Sewerage Authority and the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Desalcott), at Desalcott’s office in Point Lisas, John Thompson, General Manager – Desalcott advised of an upcoming planned shutdown of its Point Lisas Desalination Plant to facilitate maintenance works.

Alan Poon-King, acting CEO – WASA, provided details on how the Authority planned to mitigate the impact on the shutdown on customers.

The planned shutdown which is scheduled to take place from Monday November 16 to Tuesday November 24, will mostly impact the pipe borne water supply to areas in Central and South Trinidad.


Emirates or bust – Israeli entrepreneurs spend productive week in Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Michal Drayman and Yehonatan Ben-Hamozeg recently found themselves speeding into the desert as part of a strange convoy.

They left the splendor of Dubai and after an hour’s fast driving through the vacant expanses, they reached a date plantation of gigantic size.

A broad, inviting carpet awaited them at the edge of the tract. Over it, an awning was stretched to protect guests from the blazing sun.


Abu Dhabi Investment Office offers startups $41mln in AgTech incentives – United Arab Emirates

The state-run Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) has rolled out $41 million worth of incentives for three agriculture technology (Agri tech) companies under its AgTech Incentive Programme, ADIO’s Director General said.

In April, ADIO had laid out $100 million worth of incentives for four companies – AeroFarms, Madar Farms, RNZ and Responsive Drip Irrigation (RDI).

Tariq Bin Hendi told Zawya that the AgTech Incentive Programme is focused on supporting innovators developing agriculture solutions that are locally relevant and globally exportable.