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Israel passes on Chinese bid for major desalination plant – Israel

Israel on Tuesday awarded a contract to build a new desalination plant to a local company, turning down a bid by a Hong Kong conglomerate at a time of growing U.S. pressure to avoid Chinese investments in key infrastructure.

Israel’s Energy and Water Ministry said it had granted the Sorek 2 desalination plant project to IDE, an Israeli company that has already built several of the country’s saltwater conversion facilities. Outbid for the contract was Hutchison Holdings, a major infrastructure conglomerate from Hong Kong.

The ministry said the new facility was expected to be the largest in the world of its kind and increase the country’s desalination production by 35%. It made no mention of Hutchison or the American pressure campaign.

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Iran to Run Desalination Plants in 17 Provinces – Iran

In remarks on Tuesday, Ardakanian said his ministry has devised serious plans to carry out seawater desalination projects in 17 provinces.

He noted that feasibility studies have begun to launch desalination facilities at a distance of 100 kilometers from the sea.

Pointing to the growing progress in the seawater desalination facility technology in the world, the minister said advanced technology would reduce the cost of saltwater desalination.

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SWCC plans webinar on Innovation in Desalination Brine Mining – Saudi Arabia

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) will be organizing a webinar on “Innovation in Desalination Brine Mining” on July 29.

Several international experts and senior executives of global desalination companies are expected to participate in the webinar.

SWCC, represented by its research arm —the Desalination Technology Research Institute (DTRI) — will organize the event, under the patronage of SWCC Governor Abdullah Al-Abdul Kareem.

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$20 million funding opportunity to strengthen America’s water infrastructure – Washington

A federal funding opportunity was announced on June 30th to improve the water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is providing $20 million for innovations that “strengthen America’s water infrastructure and enable advanced water resource recovery systems that have the potential to be net energy positive.”

Over the next 10 years, 40 states expect water shortages in some areas, according to the DOE.

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Egypt’s parliament to discuss new financial laws Sunday – Egypt

Egypt’s House of Representatives will convene from Sunday to Tuesday to discuss 10 bills and two international agreements.

Most of the bills concern mitigating the negative economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on state coffers, as well as generating additional financial resources necessary to cut debts and plug the budget deficit.

The first draft law will earmark an additional allocation of EGP 80 billion to the new 2020/21 budget.

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Area citizens unite against desal plants – Texas

Corpus Christi’s controversial seawater desalination plants have been in the works since 2014 and in May took another step toward completion with the Corpus Christi City Council approving action to apply for financial assistance. 

The city began evaluating potential future water supplies in 2014 as a result of the drought conditions experienced in 2010-2013. After intensive evaluation by a multi-disciplinary group during the first phase, the conclusion was reached that seawater desalination was feasible as a new source for some of the region’s’ water supply needs.

The two plants will be located at the Inner Harbor Ship Channel in Port Aransas next to the ferry landing and the other in the vicinity of La Quinta Channel in San Patricio County.

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Vipingo Development set to transform the Kenyan Coast – Kenya

Driving along the Mombasa-Malindi highway, you will not miss it. You will notice from a far new buildings emerging in the midst of the neat rows of Sisal.

Should you have a minute to spare to visit the project, you will be amazed by both the scale and delightful arrangement of this residential district coming up at Vipingo.

Welcome to Vipingo Development, the new coastal frontier.

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Saudi SWCC desal plant becomes operational in record time – Saudi Arabia

Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) said its mega development Al Shaqeeq Desalination Plant has become operational in record time and well ahead of schedule (one-third of the specified time). 

It is now feeding 42,500 cu m of desalinated water per day to Asir and Jazan, reported the Saudi Gazette. 

The groundwork of the Al Shaqeeq project was laid in December last year and it got completed in only six months, it stated.

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Utilities bigwig to chair OTTP’s Sydney Desalination Plant – Australia

AGL Energy director and NSW Ports chair Patricia McKenzie has been called into Sydney Desalination Plant to keep its proposed expansion on the political agenda.

It is understood McKenzie has been appointed as Sydney Desalination Plant’s new chair, effective immediately.

McKenzie has 40 years’ experience in NSW’s utilities sector, having previously chaired state owned electricity distribution company Essential Energy and was a director of the now privatised TransGrid and Macquarie Generation.

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Montecito water district agrees to connect with Santa Barbara for 50-year supply line – California

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After years of crunching the numbers and looking at options for reliable water supplies, the Montectio Water District is connecting to nearby Santa Barbara as part of its “drought-proof” plan.

The Santa Barbara City Council will hear the details Tuesday.

It involves a multi-phased agreement to insure an adequate supply of water for Montecito which, like other South Coast communities, saw its storage and delivery options dry up a few years ago after a prolonged period of little or now rain.

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