Monthly Archives: Februar 2021

UraMin proposes new idea on Namibian desalination plant – Namibia

Uranium producer UraMin-Areva Resources Namibia has proposed that the Namibian government expand a desalination plant currently being built by the company instead of building a second one, The Namibian reports.

The mining company, a subsidiary of the French energy giant Areva, recently submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture, proposing that “the Ministry weigh the potential advantages of co-operation in the current plant before proceeding with the second one”.

“Not only is the current plant near completion, but its expansion will cost a fraction of building a new one,” UraMin-Areva Resources Namibia was quoted as saying.

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Drones play “huge role” in planning, analysis of construction programme – Saudi Arabia

ACCIONA, a Spanish multinational conglomerate that develops and manages infrastructure and renewable energy projects, has embraced the digital twin technology, building information modeling (BIM), and drones for its desalination, tunnelling, mining, and metro projects.

Talking to Construction Week about how digitisation has changed the game for the company, Jesús Sancho, ACCIONA Middle East’s managing director, said: “There are two or three things that have passed in the last few years. The adoption of technology has improved energy efficiency per cubic meter of water.
“It has also helped in reducing the consumption of energy, while we have been able to introduce renewable energy sources.”

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A $5-billion water project could drill through Anza-Borrego park. Is it a pipe dream? – California

It would be arguably the most ambitious public works project in San Diego history.

The envisioned pipeline would carry Colorado River water more than 130 miles from the Imperial Valley — through the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, tunneling under the Cuyamaca Mountains, and passing through the Cleveland National Forest — to eventually connect with a water-treatment plant in San Marcos.

An alternative route would run through the desert to the south, boring under Mt. Laguna before emptying into the San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.

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Marina East’s new desalination plant can produce 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily – Singapore

The plant can produce 30 million gallons of potable water daily, meeting 7 per cent of our daily demand.

This is also the first desalination plant that can treat both seawater and rainwater.

During dry periods, this plant will treat freshwater from Marina Reservoir which is less energy-intensive than treating seawater. This is also more cost-saving.

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Singapore’s first large-scale desalination plant capable of treating both seawater and freshwater opens – Singapore

National water agency PUB and Keppel officially opened Singapore’s first large-scale dual-mode desalination plant on Thursday (Feb 4).

The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant, which is located at Marina East, can treat seawater, as well as freshwater drawn from the Marina Reservoir, depending on the prevailing weather conditions. 

It is Singapore’s fourth desalination plant. 

Stage-1 clearance granted for desal plant inside Koonimedu forest – Chennai – India

CHENNAI: The Regional Empowered Committee of Union Environment Ministry has granted stage-1 clearance for construction of a desalination plant inside Koonimedu forest area in Villupuram district.

The decision was taken at a recently held meeting in Chennai. Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) will construct the plant in an area of 16 hectares.

Official documents available with Express shows it’s a plant with a capacity of 72.06 million litres per day (MLD) to cater to drinking water needs of 692 villages as well as the needs of the industries of nearby SIPCOT area.

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Egypt finalises 689 housing projects with $4.6bln investment in last two FYs – Egypt

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said said that 689 projects have been completed in the housing sector across Egypt.

This has come at a total investment cost estimated at EGP 72.6bn, of which 310 projects during fiscal year (FY) 2019/20 cost EGP 24.3bn.

It comes as part of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development’s report on the housing sector during fiscal years (FYs) 2018/19 and 2019/20.

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Egypt calls on Russia to build desalination plants as Nile dam talks stall – Egypt

The Egyptian government has taken unprecedented interest in seawater desalination, especially with the continuing failure of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations and Ethiopia’s completion of 75% of the dam construction.

Egypt has used Russian expertise, in cooperation with the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI), the Egyptian armed forces’ Engineering Authority and the University of Alexandria, to promote the local production of seawater desalination. 

During talks between the Russian Rusnano Group, the AOI and the Engineering Authority held via video call Jan. 22, Abdul Menhem al-Toras, head of the AOI, underlined the importance of exploiting local industrial capacities to cement domestic production and localize the technology of manufacturing the tools of water desalination stations. 

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