Monthly Archives: Mai 2021

Water Ministry proceeds with Amman-Aqaba water desalination project – Jordan

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation said that there have been no official notifications from the World Bank (WB) regarding the Red-Dead Water Conveyance project, and that the ministry has not contacted the bank either.

The Amman-Aqaba Water Desalination and Conveyance National Project (AAWDC), which was launched in February 2020, will move forward unaffected, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Omar Salameh told The Jordan Times on Sunday.

“The AAWDC has nothing to do with the Red-Dead Water Conveyance Project and the ministry continues to put forth massive efforts in implementing it,” Salameh said.

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Saudi Arabia seeks to fast-track use of renewable energy in desalination – Saudi Arabia

Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) Governor Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdulkareem and Al-Jouf University President Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al-Shaya signed a memorandum of understanding with an aim to enhance and facilitate means of expertise and knowledge exchange between the two sides.

The MoU also seeks to expand bilateral cooperation in a way that enables developing, conducting, and following up on research and training projects related to the industry of water desalination.

This MoU is part of SWCC’s commitment to building fruitful strategic partnerships with Saudi universities, enhancing cooperation means in fields of using renewable energy in water desalination, and holding joint applied research projects that allow the utilization of human and material resources and scientific capacities of both sides.

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Desalination plant on Mavulis Island in Batanes goes online – Philippines

A water desalination and purification system went online this week and will provide drinking water to soldiers manning Mavulis Island in the Batanes town of Itbayat, one of the country’s northernmost municipalities.

Governor Marilou Cayco said she joined Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana when he ceremonially switched on the facility that would provide a steady and sustainable source of drinking water for the military troops stationed in Mavulis Island.

Mavulis Island is manned by a Marine unit of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon and members of the Marine Informant Network (MIN).

San Diego County Water Authority Board Approves Urban Water Management Plan – California

The San Diego County Water Authority’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan was approved Thursday by its Board of Directors for submission to the state.

The plan highlights how a regional commitment to a “water portfolio approach” to supply management means San Diego County will continue to have reliable water supplies through 2045, even during multiple dry years.

The board approved the final plan following a public hearing on March 25 and a 60-day public comment period which ended May 6. The final plan will be submitted to the California Department of Water Resources by the July 1 deadline.

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Desalination plant constructed in PH’s northernmost military outpost – Philippines

A desalination plan system, which could produce 1,500 gallons of potable water everyday, has been constructed in the Philippines’ northernmost outpost, Mavulis Island in Batanes.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration of a desalination plant system which he said was completed partnership of the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and the AFP Savings and Loan Association Incorporated (AFPSLAI).

More than P3 million was spent for the desalination plant’s construction. The process involves removing salts from saline water like seawater.

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Spanish firm wins contract to design new water project in Oman – Oman

Spanish based international engineering consultant Savener has announced that it has been awarded a contract to undertake the engineering design of a new desalination plant due to come up at Barka in South Al Batinah Governorate.

Savener, a global grouping of consultants with expertise ranging from aeronautics and water desalination to energy efficiency and civil architecture, says the contract was awarded by the partnership of GS Inima of Spain and Italian Fisia Italimpianti of Italy.

The latter partnership is the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractor for the so-called Barka-V seawater reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant with a capacity of around 100,000 cubic metres per day (equivalent to 22 million imperial gallons per day MIGD).

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Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water – Iran

Iran is parched. Indeed, this year is expected to be among the driest in the last 50 years. Of the country’s 85 million people, some 28 million people live in water-stressed areas, mostly in the central and southern regions.

Water scarcity is hitting all segments of society, from urban households to rural farming communities.

Iran isn’t alone in its plight. Of the 17 most water-stressed states in the world, 12 are in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes all the littoral states of the Persian Gulf.

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Saudi Arabia hopes to raise $55bn through privatisation – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia hopes to raise about $55bn over the next four years as it plans to step up its nascent privatisation programme with the government seeking to boost revenue and narrow its yawning budget deficit.

Mohammed al-Jadaan, the finance minister, told the Financial Times that Riyadh had identified a pipeline of 160 projects across 16 sectors, including asset sales and public-private partnerships, through to 2025.

Riyadh’s aim is to outsource the management and financing of health infrastructure and services to the private sector, as well as city transportation networks, school buildings, airport services and water desalination and sewage treatment plants.

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Why Chennai’s water crisis should worry you – India

Having gone without a single drop of rain for about 200 days at a stretch, Chennai finally got some rain on Thursday. But this is way too little, and way too late for a city experiencing its worst water crisis in 30 years, and headed to becoming a Zero City.

School bags have grown bigger as children carry more water bottles, and Tamil Nadu’s apple of the eye – the famed Information Technology Corridor – has been pushed to the brink.

Companies have started asking employees to work from home and bring their own water. Water is rationed in residential apartments and malls are asking their water-intensive outlets to either take a break or use the blue gold frugally.

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South Korean companies interested in investing in Egypt’s Suez Canal – Egypt

South Korean companies have expressed interest in cooperating with Egypt in areas such as investments in the Suez Canal, alongside operating ports, developing railways, smart city projects, water desalination and more.

This came during a meeting held by the Asian sector at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the South Korean Embassy in Cairo on Friday, which included representatives of various Egyptian ministries, including Transport, Housing, Irrigation, Health, and representatives of several South Korean companies investing in Egypt.

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