Monthly Archives: Dezember 2020

Tesla Solar Panels Are Making Drinking Water For Kenyans – Kenya

We are quickly heading toward a massive water crisis that will affect the entire world. According to the World Health Organization, one in three people already does not have access to clean drinking water as of today.

It is estimated that 2 billion people have to use a drinking source that is contaminated with feces. Unfortunately, researchers predict that by 2025 half the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas.

On top of the current water scarcity, scientists expect that more water sources will be contaminated by undrinkable saltwater as sea levels continue to rise due to climate change.


Saudi’s SWCC says 7 consortia qualified to compete in Ras AlKhair plant privatisation

Head of Privatization at the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Ahmad Mohammad Al-Amro, said that seven regional and global companies and strategic consortia have been qualified to compete in the Ras AlKhair plant privatisation.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Al-Amro emphasised the readiness of financing entities to collaborate with these consortia, highlighting that the competition will be offered within the upcoming days and that SWCC will receive bids in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021.

Moreover, he noted that SWCC is one of the most important governmental sectors in the water field and the world’s largest desalinated water producer.


Water restrictions puts spotlight back on desalination plant conversation – Texas

The restrictions are part of the drought contingency plan and are based on the combined capacity lake levels of Lake Corpus Christi and the Choke Canyon Reservoir.

That level has now fallen to below 40-percent.For most of us, the initial part of this plan will affect when we water the lawn.

Corpus Christi’s Mayor Joe McComb said finding an alternative water source could very well help the city avoid future water restrictions during drought conditions.


Doheny desalination plan met with caution, delays – California

As it enters its 20th year of planning and preparation, a desalination plant proposed near Doheny State Beach continues to be met with delays and uncertainty.

In mid-2018, officials were predicting that the operation could be turning ocean water into drinking water as soon as 2021. Now, the project will be doing well to simply win all required permits by the end of next year.

Additionally, board members of the South Coast Water District have ordered new studies to get a firmer grip on eventual consumer costs and to explore cheaper energy for the power-hungry plant.


Agritech ideas keep sprouting in UAE – United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s agenda to build on its food security is evident as it adopts a combination of policy development along with disruption in the agriculture sector, with 2020 witnessing many such initiatives, paving the way for local and foreign startups to introduce solutions to boost local agricultural produce in the desert.

Recently, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (Adio) expanded its AgTech incentive programme to include support for innovative companies in other high-growth areas.

The new Innovation Programme has an increased incentive pool totalling Dh2 billion ($545 million) to accelerate opportunities for investors in the emirate. The programme reinforces Abu Dhabi’s efforts to invest in high-growth areas while supporting businesses and ideas that drive positive impact.


Thane civic body shelves idea of desalination plant – India

Four years after it was first proposed, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has finally shelved the desalination plant to be set up along the creek to convert the creek water into potable water.

The plant was scrapped by the general body last week that claimed that it was too expensive for the city and that other ways of water conservation need to be explored.

The city receives 480MLD water daily from TMC’s own water supply scheme, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Shahad-Temghar Water Supply Authority (STEM).


Italmatch, Biolab form water treatment JV in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Italmatch Chemicals Group, a leading global speciality chemical group, and Biolab Arabia, part of Al-Hejailan Group, have signed a joint venture agreement for Italmatch Biolab Industrial for industrial water & process treatment in Saudi Arabia

.Italmatch, which is focused on the production and marketing of performance additives for water and process treatment, oil & gas, industrial lubricants and plastics, will hold 60% of the stake in the joint venture.

The two chemical companies join forces to create a new regional Saudi leading player focused on local manufacturing, to produce and sell ready-to-use specialty chemicals and solutions for Industrial Water & Process Treatment with a focus on Desalination (thermal and membrane based) applications in the Gulf Region as well as on Oil & Gas.


World’s Largest Renewable Energy ‘Megapark’, The Size Of Singapore Being Built By India – Singapore.

India is setting its foundations for what will be the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy park.

Foundations have been laid for a renewable energy park that will produce 30 gigawatts of electricity and is deemed the world’s largest.

As the foundation stone was being laid, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that this would enable the country to reduce 50 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.


Jebel Ali desalination plant produces first cubic metre of potable water – United Arab Emirates

The plant, under construction by ACCIONA and BESIX, is equipped with energy-efficient Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) technology and is a critical project in the modernisation of the water sector being undertaken by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).

ACCIONA is the EPC contractor for Jebel Ali SWRO, which it expects to complete by 2021. The desalination plant will produce 182,000 cu/m of potable water per day, serving a population of 700,000 inhabitants. Its capacity makes it one of the largest desalination plants in the UAE. 

Francisco Javier Nieto, ACCIONA project director, said, “This milestone is the result of good teamwork between the client, our engineers and the construction teams. Now that we are entering the final stage of construction, we will undertake a number of trials and tests to make sure everything works perfectly.”


ACCIONA to build fifth desalination plant in Saudi Arabia for $384 million – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi publicly-owned Corporation Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded ACCIONA, and its partner RTCC, the design and construction of the Shuqaiq 1 desalination plant on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia. The contract amount awarded is US $384 million.

The plant, equipped with reverse osmosis technology, will have a daily capacity of 400,000 m3/day.

It will help to improve the supply of drinking water and offset water shortages in south-west Saudi Arabia by providing a new source of potable water.