Monthly Archives: Oktober 2021

Water-poor Egypt eyes quadrupling desalination capacity in 5 years – Egypt

Water-scarce Egypt aims to more than quadruple desalination capacity by granting private companies concessions from its sovereign wealth fund to build 17 plants over the next five years with sustainable solar energy.

The plan fits into Egypt’s push to diversify its sources of fresh water for a fast-growing population as it faces competition for Nile river water from the giant hydropower dam that Ethiopia is building upstream.

The new concessions are designed to encourage private investment and technological development, both areas in which the Arab world’s most populous country has struggled.

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Consortium buys Mekorot’s Ashdod desalination plant – Israel

The GES consortium, comprising Shapir Engineering and Industry (TASE: SPEN), controlled by the Shapira family, and Generation Capital, is buying the Ashdod desalination plant from Mekorot Israel National Water Co.

The consortium will pay Mekorot NIS 909 million, which is much more than Mekorot estimated.

The plant desalinates some 100 million cubic meters of water annually, about a sixth of the total volume of desalinated water currently produced in Israel.

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Solar Water Solutions receives funding from Nefco to scale up solar-powered water purification in water-scarce countries – Finland

The Finnish family enterprise aims to fill the need for sustainable and affordable drinking water in rural areas.

Unique battery-less solar-powered water treatment units help reduce e-waste and save groundwater with zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Nefco has granted financing for Solar Water Solutions to speed up the internationalisation of its battery-free desalination systems.

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Desal plant location chosen for Eyre Peninsula – South Australia

Billy Lights Point, near Port Lincoln, has been selected as the preferred location for a desalination plant in the Eyre Peninsula area of South Australia, which will provide drinking water for around 35,000 SA Water customers. 

The decision follows a comprehensive analysis of 20 sites around Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula, as well as ongoing consultation with local stakeholders.

The plant will provide a new reliable, climate-independent source of drinking water to supplement existing groundwater sources and the River Murray, and is critical to maintaining a long-term supply of safe and clean drinking water in the area, as well as enabling economic growth.

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Despite a Punishing Drought, San Diego Has Water. It Wasn’t Easy – United States

In many parts of California, reminders abound that the American West is running out of water.

“Bathtub rings” mark the shrinking of the state’s biggest reservoirs to some of their lowest recorded levels. 

Fields lie fallow, as farmers grapple with an uncertain future. A bed-and-breakfast owner spends $5 whenever a tourist showers.

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Temporary shutdown of desal plant – Trinidad and Tobago

Thousands of people in Central and South-West Trinidad will be without water this weekend after the WASA announced a temporary shutdown of the desalination plant in Point Lisas yesterday.

The disruption in the supply of pipe-borne water is as a result of emergency repairs to a 42-inch diameter raw water pipeline at the plant, WASA said in a statement.

WASA normally receives a daily supply of 40 million gallons of water from the plant, it noted.

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Acciona raises nearly €1,000 million for “green” funding for a channel in the US – Florida – United States

Acciona has closed €982 million “green” funding to build, operate and maintain a 48-kilometre flood protection canal between North Dakota and Minnesota in the United States for a period of 29 years.

This is the first closed “green” financing project in this country specifically aimed at climate change adaptation infrastructure, which achieved a “Baa3” risk rating, within investment grade, by Moody’s, according to the Spanish company’s media in a statement.

Acciona and its partners Shikun & Binui and North American Construction Group – participants in the RRVA – have illustrated this process in three different segments involving Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, CaixaBank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and the Korea Development Bank.

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Sustainability takes top priority at Carlsbad Aquafarm – California

San Diego’s waterways are a source of pride for many of us, but there is a spot in Carlsbad that is providing much more than pretty views. They provide mussels and oysters. Millions and millions of them.

In this Earth 8 report, News 8’s Neda Iranpour learns about oysters and what makes them so sustainable.

The Carlsbad Aquafarm sits between the Pacific Ocean and I-5, in the calm and fairly clear waters of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

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‘It can’t happen’: Out to sea protest warns SA Water its desal plans aren’t welcome – Australia

A protest at sea off Port Lincoln has been held to vehemently oppose the South Australian Government’s $90 million plans to build a desalination plant close to the city’s major aquaculture industries.

Eight vessels took part as tourism operators and recreational fishers joined commercial fishers to show their opposition to SA Water’s proposed site at Billy Lights Point.

The protesters have environmental concerns that hyper saline water discharged from the proposed site will pollute Port Lincoln’s protected and shallow bays, and have a negative impact on surrounding aquaculture farms.

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50 km pipeline for Kangaroo Island – Australia

Installation has begun on the 50 km underground pipeline to connect Kangaroo Island communities with a new seawater desalination plant at Penneshaw. 

SA Water said the first stage of pipeline construction between Penneshaw and Pelican Lagoon has already commenced, and will continue for the next several months, with regular deliveries of the 375 mm diameter pipes underway via ferry from the mainland.

Stage 2 is expected to commence in early 2022 and will include the design and development of the section extending from Middle River water main. 

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