Monthly Archives: November 2020

Israeli business leaders meet with business leaders in UAE – United Arab Emirates

Israel’s first official delegation of business leaders travelled to the United Arab Emirates this week, according to Israel’s Export Institute.

The delegation was invited by the president and chairman of the UAE Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The organizations that are participating in the delegation estimate that the volume of trade between Israel and the UAE could reach billions dollars.

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Mumbai civic body’s desalination plant project: Why not focus on water conservation, ask experts – India

Even as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to revive its decade-old proposal to develop a desalination plant in the city to convert seawater into potable water, experts have said that the issue has brought back focus on the need for water conservation by way of harvesting and fixing leakages on Mumbai’s 6,000-km-long pipeline network.

Ten days ago, Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray had given his nod to BMC for preparing a feasibility report to revive the civic body’s plan for a desalination plant.

‘So there!’ moment for Aguas del Almanzora – Spain

Agricultural growers, disenchanted with the different administrations’ failure to provide the water they need, are pinning their hopes on the Aguas del Almanzora desalination plant.

Plans will be made public next week by the company’s vice-president, Fernando Rubio, Spanish media sources revealed.

Ironically, the new plant will be located near the Villaricos plant in Cuevas del Almanzora, which was flooded in 2012 and has not been used since.

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Persian Gulf water transfer project inaugurated – Tehran

These shortages caused many rivers and wetlands in these areas to dry up continuously and consequently, some agricultural plains are not cultivated anymore.

This has created significant problems for the rural population in these regions whose main source of income is farming and it is also threatening the country’s food security.

The agriculture sector is not the only area that is affected by the water problems in the mentioned regions since most of the cities located in the said areas like Isfahan and Yazd are industrial centers and water shortage is severely impacting the production efficiency of the industrial units in the mentioned cities.

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Rouhani inaugurates major water desalination, transfer project – Iran

The project was inaugurated through video conference as part of a government program based on which, every week a major project will be inaugurated across the country.

Some 163 trillion rials (about $3.88 billion) has been invested in the mentioned project which is being implemented by the Energy Ministry in collaboration with the Industry, Mining, and Trade Ministry.

This project is aimed at transmitting Persian Gulf water to Hormozgan and Kerman provinces after being desalinated in a modern desalination plant.

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Iran Plans to Transfer Persian Gulf Water to Inland Deserts – Iran

In remarks at a cabinet session on Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani said this is the first of such projects to supply desalinated water to desert areas.

“Tomorrow, we are inaugurating a project which will be a little different from the projects that became operational in the past week.

Our country has developed a new technology to desalinate water for regions that are more frequently affected by drought, including areas in and around deserts,” he said.

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Metrowater project to provide water to 4 areas gets clearance – India

The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry has recommended CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) clearance to a project of the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) to provide comprehensive water supply to Madipakkam, Mathur, Jalladampettai and Uthandi village.

CMWSSB aims to provide water to these areas from the existing desalination plants at Minjur in North Chennai and Nemmeli in South Chennai.

The Board had applied for CRZ clearance for construction of a water distribution station and laying of a water distribution network at Uthandi village to enable it to provide water to these areas.

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Saudi’s Red Sea mega project set to award $4bln in contracts by end of 2020 – Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind Saudi Arabia’s flagship The Red Sea Project, is set to award a total of nearly SAR 15 billion ($4 billion) in contracts by the end of 2020.

Saudi Arabia plans to develop resorts on 50 islands off the Red Sea coast, offering a nature reserve, coral reef diving and heritage sites.

Red Sea Development Co, backed by the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), plans to build the first phase by 2022.

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Deputy PM Prawit orders action to resolve Phuket water shortages – Thailand

Present to receive the order was ONWR Secretary-General Somkiat Prajamwong, who strongly supported the move to resolve the water shortages. Also present was Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew and government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat.

Deputy PM Prawit this morning was brought up to speed on the recurring issue of Phuket running out of mains supply water that leaves residents in certain areas, notably the poor neighbourhood in Soi Kingkaew, Rassada, without tap water for months.

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The Red Sea Project passes $2 billion contract milestone – Egypt

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has revealed it has awarded more than 500 contracts to international and local firms – totalling around $2 billion – since its flagship regenerative tourism initiative, the Red Sea Project, was announced in July 2017.

At a specially arranged press conference held today, the firm said that these contracts had included awards for the design, build and operation of state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities at the Red Sea Project, adding that it expects a roll-out of new contracts by the end of 2020 to take aggregate commitments to a total approaching $4 billion.

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