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South Africa’s Evolving Case to Increase Coastal Shipping – South Africa

South Africa has downsized its domestic railway freight network with the closure of many branch lines, and now long line-ups of big trucks carry coal to some of South Africa’s coal-fired power stations. So, like many other African nations, South Africa’s economy depends on truck transportation.

The increasing number of heavy trucks carrying freight over long distances has taken a toll on South Africa’s deteriorating road network while the crime rate has escalated in response to high unemployment.

The truck transportation industry has become a target for criminals. Drivers who stop to rest at truck stops and act to protect their cargo have been brutally attacked by criminals who take both the freight and various parts of the trucks that they resell.

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Dubai at full throttle – Dubai

Dubai has changed dramatically over the past three decades, becoming a major business centre with a more dynamic and diversified economy.

Its excellent infrastructure, international outlook and liberal government policies are attracting investors in a big way.

Paramount to Dubai’s ambition to be a leading global metropolis is reliable power and utilities, which deliver efficiency, flexibility, reliability at a reasonable cost and size.

Dubai’s state-of-the-art utilities are led by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

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LTTD-based desalination plant to come up at Thoothukudi? – India

With thermal power plants being the largest industrial users of water and exceedingly contributing to water-stress, Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has come out with a novel concept of using coolant water discharge from power plants to produce fresh water.

Thoothukudi Thermal Power Station will be the first in the country to have an in-house 2 MLD (million litres per day) desalination plant based on Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology.

This assumes significance as the Thoothukudi power plant is constantly accused of depleting the Tamirabarani water by drawing fresh water from the Srivaikuntam dam.

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Egypt signs MoU with Swiss company to build seawater desalination plants – Egypt

The Military Production Ministry’s Qaha Chemical Industries (Factory 270) and the Swiss company, AquaSwiss, signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish seawater desalination plants.

Minister of State for Military Production Mohammed Said al-Assar witnessed signing the agreement which stipulates enhancing cooperation between the two sides in treatment of sewage and industrial wastewater.

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Singapore’s water agency to take over Hyflux’s Tuaspring plant if defaults not resolved – Singapore

Singapore’s national water agency PUB on Tuesday issued a default notice to embattled water treatment firm Hyflux’s wholly-owned Tuaspring for failing to keep its desalination plant in a ‘reliably operational’ mode as required under the Water Purchase Agreement.

PUB warned that it would take control of Tuaspring if defaults are not resolved in about a month’s time.

Hyflux’s Tuaspring will now have a 30-day deadline from March 6th to remedy any defaults from the agreement between the firm and the government.

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Nebras Power expands its presence in Jordan’s Power Sector –

Nebras Power (Nebras) and its subsidiary Nebras Power Investment Management (NPIM) have entered into a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire AES Corporation’s (AES) stake in three Jordanian power projects together with Mitsui, the Qatari firm announced in a statement on Sunday.

Nebras currently owns 24 percent stake in each of the three projects, while Mitsui owns 40 percent.

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ACWA Power signs final financial agreements for one of the world’s largest SWRO desalination projects in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

ACWA Power, a leading developer, owner and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, leading a consortium with Saudi Brothers Commercial Company(“SBCC”), announced the successful signing of senior financing and hedging agreements for the SR 2.625 billion (USD 700 million) Rabigh-3 IWP which will generate 600,000 m³/day – making it one of the largest SWRO desalination projects in the world to be built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The water purchase agreement was signed on 24th of December 2018 by HE Eng. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadley, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture and Chairman of Water & Electricity Company (WEC), as WEC will act as the off taker of the project.

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Aqaba forestation project finds support at London initiative – Jordan

The Sahara Forest Project (SFP), Bellona Foundation and Ernst & Young (EY) signed a new partnership agreement during the London initiative to boost climate-smart food production and a desert greening project in Jordan using sunlight and seawater.

“We are proud to be invited to this important high-level conference in London in order to launch a new milestone agreement for the SFP operations in Aqaba, Jordan”, Frederic Hauge, founder of the Sahara Forest Project, said in statements made available to The Jordan Times.

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Oceanside takes step toward water independence with $2.6 million grant – California

Oceanside announced it will receive a $2.6 million federal grant to build two more of the wells that the city has used for more than 20 years to supply a portion of its drinking water.

The wells pump brackish water from what’s called the Mission Basin, an area near the airport, the old swap meet property and the San Luis Rey River.

The city filters the water using the same reverse osmosis process used on a much larger scale in Carlsbad to desalinate seawater.

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Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant reaches milestone – Africa

The plant, located in Witsand, Western Cape Province, has been fully operational since December 2018, solving the water crisis in the area and providing the local population a steady water supply.

The project, co-funded by the French Treasury and the Province of the Western Cape, has been fully developed and completed in less than 18 months by Turnkey Water Solutions (TWS) and Mascara Renewable Water, together with a strong team of local consultants and contractors.

The OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara, is currently producing an average of 150kL of drinkable water per day, two-thirds of the production from solar energy only and at a very competitive price.

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