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Three bids received for Israel’s sixth desalination plant – Israel

Three groups have submitted bids to the state for the construction of Israel’s sixth desalination plant in the Western Galilee, which will be able to desalinate 100 million cubic meters of water per year.

The Ministries of Finance and Energy and the Israel Water Authority announced that the bids were received from IDE, controlled by Amir Lang and Avshalom Felber, GES Group, controlled by Generation Capital together with Shapir Engineering and Industry (TASE: SPEN), and A4 Group.

The project will cost an estimated NIS 1 billion to build.

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Desalination advances in California despite opponents pushing for alternatives – California

Environmentalists say desalination decimates ocean life, costs too much money and energy, and soon will be made obsolete by water recycling. But as Western states face an epic drought, regulators appear ready to approve a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, California.

After spending 22 years and $100 million navigating a thicket of state regulations and environmentalists’ challenges, Poseidon Water is down to one major regulatory hurdle – the California Coastal Commission.

The company feels confident enough to talk of breaking ground by the end of next year on the $1.4 billion plant that would produce some 50 million gallons of drinking water daily.

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Egypt gets $18m Kuwait funding for two desalination plants – Egypt

Egypt has reached an agreement with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for development of two desalination plants in the new cities of Rafah and Bir al Abed in North Sinai, said a report.

The loan agreement worth  KD5.5 million ($18.27 million) between Egypt and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has been approved by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, reported Egypt Today.

In April last year, North Sinai Governor Mohamed Shousha announced that construction of the largest desalination plant in Africa and the Middle East has started. 

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Saudi Arabia Suspends Privatization of Desalination and Power Plant – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has suspended the privatization of the Ras Al Khair desalination and power plant, one of a number of state assets that the government aimed to sell to reduce pressure on capital spending and diversify revenues away from oil.

“This decision was made in order to capitalize on knowledge and capacity built in the Kingdom as a result of many years of experience in the areas of water desalination, new technologies, R&D (research and development) and supply chains”, said the Privatization Supervisory Committee for the Environment, Water and Agriculture sectors.

“A new engagement strategy and plan for the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) assets such as Ras Al Khair plant will be announced shortly,” it said in a statement on Monday on the website of the Saudi national center for privatizations.

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Saudi Arabia Halts $2 Billion Sale of Water Plant Stake – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has halted the sale of one of the world’s biggest water plants, which had attracted interest from investors including France’s Engie SA, in a setback for the kingdom’s privatization plans.

The Ras Al Khair desalination and power facility on Saudi Arabia’s east coast had cost more than $7 billion to build.

The government, which had been hoping to accelerate asset sales this year, blamed disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Saudi Arabia cracks down on water pollution – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture began implementing the executive regulation for the protection of water from pollution across the Kingdom.

The new legislation stipulates a fine ranging from 10,000 riyals to 20 million riyals for throwing wastewater or any untreated liquid components, discharging or injecting them into groundwater or into any environmental medium.

It also states that all surface and groundwater resources are now public property, and can only be used by acquiring a licence from the country’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

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Solar-Powered Desalination Device Aims to Deliver Water to 400,000 Kenyans – Kenya

Turning seawater into potable water is typically an expensive and polluting process. Now, Climate Fund Manager and Solar Water Solutions have a revolutionary solution with zero carbon footprint. 

The groups are working together to install up to 200 desalination units in Kitui County, Kenya. The project’s long-term goal is to provide clean water to 400,000 Kenyans by 2023. 

The total funding opportunity is estimated to be up to USD 15 million.

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Govt must step up efforts to revive Nungua Desalination Plant – Naa Momo Lartey – Ghana

In a contribution in Parliament on water and sanitation, Naa Momo Lartey underscored the importance of the desalination plant in the lives of the people in Krowor.

“At the coastline of Krowor there is a water desalination plant and the challenge has been the cost of operating the plant”, she submitted.

She argued that the cost factor excuse by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is not tenable since its functioning will be for the greater good of the people.

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Diablo Canyon and desalination – California

We in California face a historically deep drought advancing on our state, in addition to the global warming increase that takes our Western U.S. water more every day.

Yet, what are politicians fretting about? The plight of our Golden State? Not so much. The governor worries about the recall and where donations will come from for that next office.

Sacramento politicians worry about what they always focus on—where will money come from for that next election. Of course they focus on Big Oil and Gas donations. The people can’t afford to fund elections anymore with million dollar and up price tags.

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Metito and Scatec consider clean energy desalination – Egypt

The real criticism of seawater desalination is its high energy consumption. Egypt wants to reduce the environmental impact of desalination by building new plants powered entirely by renewable energy.

This is the aim of recent discussions between Metito, Orascom Construction, the Norwegian independent power producer (IPP) Scatec and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

These discussions are also open to the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Planning and the Egyptian Sovereign Wealth Fund.

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