Monthly Archives: September 2021

Southern Water dumps controversial £600m desalination plant – to the delight of New Forest East MP Julian Lewis – England

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a £600m water plant at Fawley have been dumped by Southern Water.

It has confirmed it will not be proceeding with a proposed desalination facility at Ashlett Creek to safeguard against water shortages after a “wide-ranging and collaborative assessment”.

The news was welcomed by New Forest East MP Julian Lewis – who had been vocally opposed to the plan.

El Sisi inaugurates the world’s largest sewage plant in Bahr El-Baqar – Egypt

A new plant treats wastewater in Bahr El- Baqar, in the Sinai, east of the Suez Canal in Egypt.

The plant, inaugurated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, will provide water for the irrigation of more than 168,000 hectares of plantations in Sinai.

Like desalination, the reuse of wastewater has become essential to cope with water stress in Egypt.

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Sisi Opens Number of Water Desalination and Wastewater Treatment Stations Via Video Conf. – Egypt

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened on Monday 27/9/2021 a number of wastewater treatment and water desalination stations via video conference.

The president opened a water desalination station in Nuweiba city with a production capacity of 15,000 cubic meters.

Sisi also inaugurated a water desalination station in Abu Zeneima with a production capacity of 20,000 cubic meters.

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Acciona consortium wins $1bn Saudi sewage plants contract – Saudi Arabia

Spanish infrastructure major Acciona said its consortium with Saudi partners Tawzea and Tamasuk has been awarded the contract for financing, construction and 25-year operation of three major sewage treatment plants in Saudi Arabia – Madinah-3, Buraydah-2 and Tabuk-2.  

These new contracts, worth a combined €855 million ($1.02 billion), have been awarded by the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC).

These are the first BOOT/EPC (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer/Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contracts that Acciona has signed in the area of wastewater treatment in the Middle East. 

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NIS 500m expansion of Eilat desalination plant underway – Israel

Mekorot has started work on one of its largest projects for the coming years – expansion of the water desalination plant on the Red Sea known as Sabha.

The installation is situated north of Eilat. As part of the project, new water pipelines will be constructed. The project as a whole will cost about NIS 500 million.

Israel currently has five large desalination plants on its Mediterranean coast. Four of them are privately owned. The fifth is owned by Mekorot, but is in the process of being privatized.

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The City of Alice made a deal for a brackish desalination plant – Texas

The City of Alice has reached an agreement with Florida-based Seven Seas Water Group   for the construction of a brackish water desalination plant to provide fresh drinking water to the residents. 

Seven Seas Water Group will finance, design, build, operate and maintain a Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis plant on land owned by the city, according to a news release that touted the public-private partnership as the first of its kind in Texas.

In July 2019, the Texas Water Development Board approved roughly $5.5 million for the project’s first phase. This includes about $4 million in loans and a $1.5 million grant. 

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This is how Saudi Arabia’s NEOM is working towards sustainable water management and treatment – Saudi Arabia

As one of the world’s most water-stressed countries, India faces a massive challenge every day to deliver safe drinking water to a population of close to 1.8 billion people.

And when one considers that it is home to 18% of the world’s population but has access to only 4% of global freshwater resources, a radical rethink of how it manages its water resources is urgently needed.

Change is needed to tackle some of these challenges, and solutions may be within reach.

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UAE to launch 3 desalination projects to enhance water production – United Arab Emirates

The UAE has announced that it will launch three additional seawater desalination plants in a bid to step up the country’s efforts towards water security.

Inaugurating the5th Arab Water Forum (AWF5) held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai on Tuesday, Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, announced that to support the water sector and tackle challenges related to water scarcity, the UAE was developing three water desalination projects.

The projects are located in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Umm Al Quwain with a combined capacity of 420 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) that will be completed by 2023.

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Saudi Crown Prince swoops desalination plants out from under water-tapped Marin – Saudi Arabia

The Marin Municipal Water District is considering leasing three desalination plants to augment its dwindling water supply, with reservoir levels so low right now, they might dry up by next summer.

But the district faces an unlikely competitor for the water sources – the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia wants the very same plants.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to buy the three plants for an otherworldly project he announced this past January.

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Egypt Seeks to Desalinate 6 Ml Cubic Feet of Water Daily – Egypt

The Egyptian cabinet discussed Monday plans to build
seawater desalination plants, as the country tries to address
looming water scarcity.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the government has
prepared a strategic plan to establish more desalination
plants.

Egypt needs around 114 billion cubic meters of water
annually, while it only has 74 billion meters available, said
Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel
Aty in April.

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