Infrastructure upgrades improve drinking water in SA’s North West

SA Water has completed water infrastructure upgrades at Watinuma in the state’s remote north west and work have now begun further west in the Murputja region to improve the safety and reliability of drinking water to local communities.

In late 2017, the state-wide utility took on management of water services in an additional three Aboriginal communities in the APY Lands — Kanpi, Nyapari and Watinuma — as well as government facilities at Murputja.

SA Water’s General Manager of Customers, Strategy and Innovation, Anna Jackson, said supplying water to such a vast remote area brings unique challenges, so the teams and contractors working to maintain and upgrade the equipment have had to think outside the box.


Massive Artificial Islands Could Extract CO2 From Seawater To Produce Renewable Energy, Study Says

A group of European scientists wants to mitigate the effects of climate change and advance renewable energy sources by building millions of artificial islands throughout the world’s oceans capable of converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into fuel.

Publishing their work in PNAS, the researchers highlight the challenges in meeting such an “ambitious proposal” but argue that the technology to build the infrastructure already exists. However, a fully implementable and realistic plan simply hasn’t yet been proposed.

“Humankind must cease CO2 emissions from fossil fuel burning if dangerous climate change is to be avoided,” wrote the authors, adding that liquid carbon-based energy carriers such as these often lack practical alternatives for application.


Two Agencies Want to Secede From the San Diego County Water Authority

Water rates in San Diego are some of the highest in the country. So, two rural San Diego water agencies just came up with a novel way to save money: Buy water from Riverside County instead.

Leaders of two water agencies that serve about 50,000 people in and around Fallbrook are fed up with rising costs at the San Diego County Water Authority.

Local water agencies from across the region formed the Water Authority in 1944 to import water into the county from rivers hundreds of miles away. But, just in time for the Water Authority’s 75th anniversary, its future as the region’s main water supplier is in question.


Renewables to preclude need for new gas-based power projects in Oman – Oman

Going by expected power demand growth trends, any demand for new generation capacity will be met almost exclusively by renewables over the next seven years, precluding the need for any new gas-based Independent Power Projects (IPPs) during this timeframe.

This paradigm shift in Omans power generation space underscores the ambitious role envisaged for renewables chiefly solar photovoltaic capacity in the nations energy mix, according to an official of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), the sole procurer of electricity generation and related water desalination capacity under the sector law.

More than 11 per cent of power supply will come from renewable energy by 2023, rising to between 25-30 per cent by 2030, said Bushra al Maskari, Planning Director OPWP. Even globally, moving from zero per cent to 30 per cent in less than a decade is astounding, she remarked in a presentation on energy trends at a forum held in the city recently.


Dewa appoints consultancies for Hassyan Desalination IWP Project – UAE

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has appointed a consortium of companies including Ernst & Young (E & Y), CMS, and WSP as advisors on the Hassyan’s Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Project to produce 120 million imperial gallons per day.

The project is Dewa’s first Independent Water Producer model (IWP) project. Dewa adopted the IWP system for the Hassyan desalination plant following the success of the Independent Power Producer model at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park projects.

The SWRO project is expected to commence production in 2023. The desalination plant will use the most efficient and proven art technology available at the mark. The plant will supply the Dewa water transmission network to ensure sustainable supply.


Mini-desalination plants to quench thirst of 5 lakh Chennai residents soon – Chennai

CHENNAI: Faced with the onerous task of quenching the thirst of a city that’s being whittled down by a rising population and failing rain, the government has unveiled a plan to set up five mini-desalination plants of one million litre capacity each.

The plants, costing Rs120 crore, will start operation at Kasimedu, Thiruvottiyur, Triplicane, MRC Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur within the next six months, said a Chennai Water Supply and Sewerage Board proposal.

“Everyone knows Chennai is facing a water crisis. Since we lack perennial sources, we decided to set up minidesalination plants that will cater to specific areas.


Carlsbad desalination plant will be sold to investment firm for $1 billion – California

An affiliate of Aberdeen Standard Investments has agreed to buy the Carlsbad desalination plant in Southern California for more than $1 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

A transaction could be announced as soon as this week, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

The Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, named for a former mayor, is owned by Orion Water Partners LLC, the joint venture between Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners affiliate Poseidon.


Dubai’s DEWA appoints advisors for Hassyan water project – Dubai

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) has appointed a consortium of companies as advisors on its Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) project which aims to produce 120 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD).

Ernst & Young, CMS, and WSP have been hired for the project which is DEWA’s first independent water producer (IWP) model venture.

DEWA adopted the system for the Hassyan desalination plant following the success of the independent power producer (IPP) model at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park projects.


EGA’s GAC secures $750 million loan, Guinea’s largest greenfield mining project financing ever and a step forward for country’s economy – United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside oil and gas, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) has successfully closed the Republic of Guinea’s largest-ever project financing for a greenfield mining project, in a step forward for EGA’s bauxite mining project and for Guinea’s economy.

The $750 million loan has a tenor of 12 to 14 years and was extended by development finance institutions, export credit agencies and international commercial banks.

The loan represents the first time multilateral institutions and international commercial banks have participated together in a project financing for a greenfield mining project in Guinea.  


Hyunday E&C wins US$2.45bn desalination project in Iraq – Iraq

The South Korean builder has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the state-run Basra Oil Company for a 49-month project to build a seawater supply plant in the southern state of Basra.

Once completed, the facility will be capable of supplying five million barrels of fresh water per day, contributing to increasing crude oil yields and financial expansion in the Middle East country, according to officials.

The negotiations were steered by vice-chairman Chung Jin-haeng, who accompanied a government envoy’s visit in January and April this year, marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Iraq.