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Swansea Water District approves solar agreement – Australia

Swansea Water District Superintendent Jeffrey Sutherland said the $60,000 is about 20 percent of the water district’s electricity costs which is “substantial.”

The Board of Water Commissioners voted last week to approve of a solar agreement that will save the district $60,000 a year in electricity costs.

Sydney water quality issues keep desal plant running – Australia

Concerns about water quality in Sydney’s main reservoir following last summer’s bushfires have prompted the government to continue to operate the city’s desalination plant even as dams near capacity.

Warragamba Dam on Friday reached 99 per cent capacity after recent rains lifted water levels by one-eighth in a week, WaterNSW data shows.

Across the network, Sydney’s dams were 97.5 per cent full having doubled since February rains effectively ended the region’s drought. Nepean reservoir continues to spill, while most others are more than 94 per cent full.

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Gorgos embankment repaired in Javea – Spain

AMJASA, Javea’s municipal water company, has replaced water pipes and a retaining wall beside the Gorgos river. 

The road there, which had been closed to vehicles for some years, is open to traffic once more, Amjasa announced. 

The repairs, which cost €121,539, provide more protection for a key section of the domestic network, as the pipeline carries water from the desalination plant to the town. 

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Kuwait PPP developer recommends cash dividends of 25 fils – Kuwait

Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company, the first power generation and water desalination company and the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project to be listed in Kuwait, said its board of directors has recommended a cash dividend payout of 25 fils per share.

This will be the company’s first dividend and relates to the retained earnings for the period from 2017 to 2019 and is subject to lenders’ approval, said the statement from the Kuwait group. 

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Australia develops technology to make seawater drinkable within 30 minutes – Australia

Using only a high-tech filter and the power of direct sunlight, Australian researchers have developed a world-first technology that can make large volumes of seawater safe to drink in less than 30 minutes.

According to the Melbourne-based Monash University, the specially-designed filter is capable of generating hundreds of litres of drinkable water per day, and requires only direct sunlight to purify it, making the process energy-efficient, low cost and sustainable.

Used in making the filters are metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), a class of compounds consisting of metal ions that form a crystalline material with the largest surface area of any material known.

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BHP to pay $840 million to break from coal in Chile – Chile

BHP’s (ASX, LON, NYSE: BHP) Escondida and Spence copper mines in northern Chile are poised to pay a total of $840 million for an early end to a 2008 energy contract with a coal-fired thermoelectric plant.

The move follows a series of recent steps BHP has been taking to become an environmentally friendly miner, including carbon capture and storage and other innovations such as direct air capture.

Local power company AES Gener — a unit of AES Corp — said on Monday that the agreement signed with its Angamos plant will end in August 2021.

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Shamal Az-Zour to list on Boursa Kuwait – Kuwait

Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company announced today that it received approval to list on Boursa Kuwait’s Premier Market on August 16. 

It is the first power generation and water desalination company and the first private public partnership (PPP) project to be listed in Kuwait. NBK Capital is the listing advisor.

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Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula gets nod for Boursa Kuwait trading – Kuwait

Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company said it received regulatory approval for its listing debut on Boursa Kuwait’s premier market on August 16.

The company is the first power generation and water desalination firm and the first private-public partnership project to be listed in Kuwait, it said in a statement on Saturday.

NBK Capital served as the company’s listing adviser.

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Poseidon’s Huntington Beach desalination plant still in choppy waters – California

As Poseidon Water pursues the final government approvals needed to build one of the country’s biggest seawater desalination plants.

The company still cannot definitively say who will buy the 50 million gallons a day of drinking water it wants to produce on the Orange County coast.

That’s one of several questions that continue to dog the $1-billion Huntington Beach project as Poseidon tries to seal an iron-clad deal more than two decades after it first proposed the ocean desalter.

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UA developing efficient system to purify waste water – Arizona

Using a grant of $500,000, the team of researchers is developing a solar-powered desalination system that combines several types of technologies to recover water from these concentrated waste streams.

The grant comes from the Department of Energy’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment.

The process uses less energy at a lower cost, and it could provide more water for resource-scarce inland regions such as Arizona.

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Santa Barbara Council Accepts $10 Million Matching Grant to Operate Desalination Plant – California

The Santa Barbara City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to accept a $10 million grant — with the understanding that it will run the plant at full capacity for at least 36 out of the next 40 years.

Some environmentalists objected to the council’s decision, citing environmental concerns.

The city was awarded a $10 million matching grant in 2018 from the California Department of Water Resources for the reactivation of the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant, 525 E. Yanonali St.

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