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Banaba grateful for second desalination unit from Tarawa – Kiribati

The western Kiribati island of Banaba is delighted that a second desalination unit is about to be brought into operation.

The island, which is home to about 300 people, is just emerging from months of drought, and two weeks ago sought help, after its desalination units had broken down.

The Kiribati Government responded by sending a desalination unit, bottled water and water containers.

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DEWA signs Water Purchase and Shareholder Agreements for $410mn Hassyan RO desalination Project – United Arab Emirates

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has today signed a 35-year Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) and the Shareholder Agreement (SHA) for the Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant, with UAE headquartered Utico.

The 120 Million Imperial Gallons per Day (MIGD) project will be built using the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model.

It is expected to be completed by March 2024 at a total cost of USD 410 million (around AED 1.5 billion).

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SWCC sets Guinness record for lowest energy consumption in water desalination – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has been recognised by Guinness World Records™ for the lowest energy consumption for a water desalination plant, with 2.27kW/h consumed per cubic metre of desalinated water.

A statement from SWCC and Guinness World Records said the title further strengthens utility’s “global standing as a leader in the desalination industry”, as it “moves forward to accomplish the objectives of the Kingdom’s long-term Vision 2030 strategy by utilising local content and expertise in all its current and future expansion projects”.

SWCC said it has been investing in engineering and research expertise to supply high-efficiency, low-energy-consuming and flexible desalination plants.

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Final tests completed at Umm Al Houl expansion SWRO desalination plant in Qatar – Qatar

ACCIONA’s Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant at Umm Al Houl in Qatar has successfully reached a production of 282 million of liters per day, its full capacity, and has completed final tests ahead of schedule, the company has announced.

The Umm Al Houl Expansion (UHP Expansion) is part of a bigger Independent Water & Power project (IWPP) that includes an existing SWRO facility, a statement from ACCIONA says.

With the expansion, the twin RO desalination plants will produce 564 million of liters per day, making it the biggest desalination plant in Qatar using Reverse Osmosis technology.

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Orascom Construction sees strong pipeline of projects in services sector in 2021 – Egypt

Egypt’s Orascom Construction (OC) company sees a strong pipeline of projects in 2021 covering the country’s metro, railways, new roads and highways, water, and infrastructure. 

This also includes Operations and Management (O&M) contracts in renewables, water desalination, water treatment, wastewater treatment, power, and facilities management 

The company stressed its expertise in securing financing on behalf of the client for large scale projects, such as Egypt’s new Monorail network and water treatment plants .

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Desalination plant for transforming seawater nearing completion – India

The first ever plant in the state that proposes to process the saline water of the sea and provide fresh water to industries, which is coming up at Tannirbavi here is nearing completion. Within a few days, the plant will start to pump out desalinated water.

The plan is being built by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL). 70 percent of the plant’s works are completed. The processed water is proposed to be supplied to MRPL through pipes.

The work on the plant is being executed by a Chennai-based company which got the tender for Rs 595 crore.

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Reuse of treated wastewater: North Africa and SUEZ set an example – Africa

“Valuing water”. This is the theme chosen for the celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd, 2021. In Africa, this slogan makes sense insofar as water management has become a major issue in view of climate change.

Several countries are now faced with water stress, which is now affecting several regions, notably North Africa and the Near East. This phenomenon is linked to drought, itself caused by global warming.

According to the United Nations, about 3 billion people are expected to face water stress by 2025. To deal with this phenomenon, water specialists such as SUEZ recommend the use of treated wastewater, which is not yet sufficiently exploited in Africa, for water-consuming activities such as agriculture or for recharging groundwater, which in both cases provides a new natural filtering barrier. Other possible uses include watering green spaces and industrial uses.

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Saudi desalination company wins Guinness World Record in line with Vision 2030 – Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian company has won the Guiness World Record for having the lowest energy consumption of a water desalination plant.

The Saudi Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) set the record by using reverse osmosis technology, which uses pressure to force water through a membrane, effectively filtering out the salt without having to heat up the water.

Advances in technology in the last two decades, including new membranes that require less water pressure, have led to a more widespread use of reverse osmosis in desalination.

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The major challenges of access to drinking water – Africa

In Africa, population growth is amplifying the challenges related to drinking water supply. On the occasion of World Water Day, Afrik 21 decrypt the challenges of water management for a continent has today 1.3 billion inhabitants, 17% of the world’s population, making it the second most populated continent in the world after Asia.

According to United Nations (UN) forecasts, Africa’s population is expected to almost double by 2050. It is likely to total nearly 4.5 billion people by 2100, or 40% of humanity.

Today, one in four Africans do not have access to a safe source of drinking water, and if nothing is done, the situation is likely to get even worse in the years to come.

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Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima installs self-sufficient seawater desalination system, reducing plastic bottle waste – Japan

Under the management of General Manager Kaoru Honda, the resort hotel Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima in Taketomi-Cho, Taketomi Island, recently started supplying its drinking water by desalinating seawater.

The hotel hopes to reduce plastic bottle waste, which has become a problem on the island due to drifting garbage and littering.

With the introduction of the independent water supply, the hotel will no longer provide bottled mineral water in guest rooms. This will reduce about 50,000 plastic bottles per year.

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