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.

Uddhav Thackeray clears Mumbai’s first desalination plant – India

Mumbai is all set to get its first desalination plant with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday giving the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) the go-ahead to set up a plant.

The proposed plant, which will process 200 million litres of water daily (MLD), will come up at Manori and is being set up to overcome the water shortage faced by Mumbai in the months of May and June.

Thackeray said that the desalination project would provide relief to the citizens in tackling the 10 to 15 per cent water cut they face every year in May and June due to the delayed monsoon.


Solar-powered desalination system commissioned in Cape Coast, Ghana – Ghana

A solar-powered desalination system has been commissioned in Cape Coast, the capital city of the Central Region of south Ghana, after 24 months of research and development.

The facility is specifically situated at the Philip Quaque School, the oldest school in the West African country. This location was chosen with the help of Technik ohne Grenzen e.V and the local people.

The project was developed by Grino Water Solutions, which with the help of Safeflex way water technologies Limited was able to construct a borehole from which a pump drags about 8 m3 of water per day.


$400mln mega water projects to come up in Oman – Oman

South Korean-based global construction heavyweight GS Engineering & Construction (GS E&C) has announced that consortiums led by its wholly-owned Spanish subsidiary, GS Inima, have secured mandates to build a pair of major Independent Water Projects (IWPs) in the Sultanate with a combined investment of over $400 million.

The first of these water desalination schemes will come up at Ghubrah in Muscat Governorate, while the other is planned at Barka in South Al Batinah Governorate.

Wholly financed, developed and operated by the private sector, both projects will help meet robust potable water demand growth in the capital city, as well as the populous Batinah belt over the long term.


Egypt is EBRD’s largest investment country through 2025 – Managing director for SEMED – Egypt

In its annual meeting held in October, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved its next five-year strategy, putting Egypt as the bank’s biggest investment country through 2025.

During her visit to Egypt in November, Managing Director for the EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region Heike Harmgart shared with Ahram Online in an exclusive interview the key pillars of the bank’s new strategy and how Egypt is expected to benefit from the scheme.

She also unveiled the amount of finances Egypt has received from the bank since the onset of the pandemic, including the private sector and the banking system.


Toray to Supply RO Membrane for Desalination Plants in Bahrain, UAE – Bahrain

Toray Industries has recently announced that it has been awarded orders for the supply of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane for the Al Dur 2 Desalination Plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant in the United Arab Emirates.

While the combined water production capacity of the two plants will amass 911,000 m3/day, the Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant alone will hold one of the world’s largest capacity with 681,000 m3/day fresh water production.

The supply of RO membranes and technical services to the plants are planned to be provided by Toray Membrane Middle East LLC (TMME), a Toray’s local subsidiary located in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


ACCIONA uses digital twin technology to start up Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

An ACCIONA team in Madrid has for the first time tested and commissioned a desalination plant thousands of miles away in Saudi Arabia using “Digital Twin” technology.

The Digital Twin – an exact digital copy of the Al-Khobar 1 Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant in Saudi Arabia – allowed a specialist team in Madrid to begin testing and commissioning at the plant remotely, with only minimal staff on site.

The technology allowed the commissioning of the plant to remain on schedule in spite of the travel restrictions in force as a result of the pandemic.


Grino installs a solar-powered desalination system in Cape Coast – Ghana

At least 1,000 people are currently benefiting from a desalination system that has just been installed in the coastal city of Cape Coast, Central Province, Ghana.

This is the result of a pilot project implemented by Grino Water Solutions, a start-up based in Nuremberg, Germany.

The system consists of an 8m3 per day borehole that pumps salt water. It is powered by a photovoltaic solar system consisting of 24 panels.


Purdue-led team named quarterfinalist in DOE solar innovation contest (TDnews) – Indiana

A Purdue University innovator and his team are among the quarterfinalists in a national solar desalination innovation contest.

They received the recognition for a technology to use solar power to purify high salinity water, such as treating desalination brine or produced water from oil and gas extraction.

The team includes two company partners, NiekAab Desal, with efforts led by Ali Amiri, and Focused Sun, with their efforts led by Shawn Buckley.

Morocco to receive a loan for construction of two seawater desalination stations – Morocco

The government of Morocco is set to receive an over US$ 5.9M loan from its Spanish counterpart for the construction of two seawater desalination stations in the towns of Assa Zag in the economic region of Guelmim-Oued Noun and Moulay Brahim in Al Haouz Province of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region.

Approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday the 3rd of November this year, the credit facility will be granted by the Official Credit Institute (Spanish; Instituto de Crédito Oficial: ICO) which is a Spanish lending institution that also operates as State Financial Agency, through its Corporate Internationalisation Fund (FIEM) to the Moroccan National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE).


Egypt to partner with private sector in building four water desalination plants – Egypt

Egypt will announce four new seawater desalination plants in partnership with the private sector in January 2021, the Minister of Finance, Mohamed Maait, said.

A desalination plant will be established in Matrouh’s Hamam City with a capacity of 190,000 cubic metres per day and three other plants will be built in Safaga, El-Quseir, and Marsa Alam with capacities ranging between 20,000 and 40,000 cubic metres per day, Maait added in a statement on Thursday.

The country is planning to establish 19 seawater desalination plants between 2020 and 2025 to make the best use of water resources and achieve sustainable development, he pointed out.