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Emergency cutback at Point Lisas desalination plant – Point Lisas – Trinidad

CUSTOMERS in parts of Central and South/West Trinidad will experience a disruption in their regular pipe-borne water supply because of a cutback in production at the Point Lisas desalination plant.

A release from the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) said the plant was producing ten million gallons per day (mgd), just 25 per cent of its capacity.

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Gwadar desalination plant enquiry sent to NAB for investigation – Pakistan

Legislators in the upper house of the Parliament on Thursday expressed serious reservations over mismanagement in a two-million gallon per day (MGD) water desalination plant in Gwadar and demanded a probe to fix responsibility for the plant’s condition as early as possible.

An enquiry report had found massive instances of mismanagement in the project. The report pointed fingers towards a tankers mafia claiming that it did not want to see the water supply project successful because it would disturb their businesses.

These revelations were made in a Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reform meeting on Thursday, with Senator Agha Shahzaib Durrani was in chair.

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Bahrain’s Al Dur Power & Water Company in $1.3bn refinancing – Bahrain

Al Dur Power & Water Company, one of the largest power generation and water desalination companies in Bahrain, has announced to close a US$1.3bn refinancing, replacing the one originally provided in 2009.

The new financing was provided by a syndicate of 20 banks including local, regional and international banks. The refinancing facilities extend up to 14 years and include US$450mn of conventional facilities and US$850mn of Islamic facilities.

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WASA: Point Lisas Plant still down, residents urged to manage water – Trinidad

The Water and Sewerage Authority is advising customers who are currently without a pipe-borne water supply in parts of Central and South West Trinidad, that this is due to ongoing problems at the Point Lisas Desalination Plant.

WASA issued a statement on Monday evening, noting that partial operation of the facility was achieved on December 4 after the initial disruption on December 3.

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Welcome Rains Arrive In Israel as Threat of Sixth Year of Drought Looms – Israel

A massive storm front that arrived in Israel on Thursday brought with it heavy downpours spread from the north to the south, helping to abate a six-year drought that has severely depleted the Kinneret.

The storm system was accompanied by a significant drop in temperatures and risk of flooding in the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea region and the Jordan Valley. Authorities warned travelers to beware of flash floods in those areas, and issued an advisory to avoid driving on flooded roads, to adjust driving speeds and to maintain safe traveling distances.

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Sweet water for Vietnam – Vietnam

Aware of the importance of coping with effects of climate changes in agriculture production, a specialised Belgian engineering consultancy firm, Asian Infrastructure Engineering and Investment (AIEI) is partnering up with the Vietnamese government to expand green energy investments into the country.

AIEI is a sister company of the investment company Rent-A-Port, which is well-known for the development projects of DEEP C (Dinh Vu) Industrial Zones in Vietnam.

For the desalination mission, AIEI is collaborating with SCE, a company of Keran Group from France, enabling public and private parties to benefit from a global approach in development projects.

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Mubadrah to manage Rusayl Industrial City in Oman – Oman

The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) has signed an agreement with Oman Investment and Development Holding Company (Mubadrah) for the latter to manage and develop Rusayl Industrial City.  

The agreement was signed by Ahmed bin Hassan Al Dheeb, chairman of Madayn’s board of directors, and Hilal bin Hamad Al Hasani, chairman of Mubadrah’s board of directors.

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Welcome rains arrive in Israel as threat of sixth year of drought looms – Israel

A massive storm front arrived in Israel on Thursday, as heavy downpours spread from the north to the southern coastal plan, helping to abate a six-year drought that has severely depleted the Kinneret.

The storm system was accompanied by a significant drop in temperatures and risk of flooding in the Judean Desert, the Dead Sea region and the Jordan Valley.

Authorities are warning travelers to beware of flash floods in those areas, and are issuing an advisory to avoid driving on flooded roads, to adjust driving speeds and to maintain safe trailing distance on the road.

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Saudi Arabia: 18 Projects Worth $3.2 Bn to Enhance Quality of Drinking Water – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdul Rahman al-Fadhli, launched a plan to implement 18 water projects of $3.2 billion cost over the next ten years to enhance the quality of drinking water all over Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce in the Eastern region, Fadhli said that Water and Electricity Company (WEC) will change its name soon to the “Water Projects” pointing out that the new company will purchase water and will be tasked with water services, treatment, transport and storage to serve the private sector and investment seekers.

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Saudi Arabia to tender six water projects in 2019 – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia plans to tender or award six water-related projects in 2019 as it pushes ahead with a privatization programme that got off to a slow start, said a report.

The cabinet recently approved the tendering of seven desalination and wastewater projects, reported Bloomberg.

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