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Saudi’s Swicorp, Spain’s Acciona deliver Bean Solar Park projects – Saudi Arabia

Three photovoltaic farms at Egypt’s 37km² Benban Solar Park have been assembled and are nearing operational readiness, following development completion by Spain’s Acciona Energía and Enara Bahrain, the renewable energy subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Swicorp.

The renewable energy parks have a combined electricity production capacity of 150MW and will eventually generate power for up to 150,000 homes. 

Enara and Acciona Energía, the renewable energy subsidiary of Spanish contractor Acciona,will operate the parks under a joint venture (JV) agreement. Both firms will hold 50% stake in the projects, valued at $180m (SAR675m). 

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Acwa, Huawei in tie-up to develop PV market – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power, a leader in power and desalination water plants, has signed a global cooperation agreement with Huawei at the recent Sino-Saudi Investment Forum in Beijing to develop the photovoltaic (PV) market.

The two firms will apply  cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and cloud computing to PV plant projects to promote the industry’s progress with technological innovation.

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Bonds eyed for desalination plants – Hawaii

Legislators are considering a bill to authorize issuing special purpose revenue bonds to build and operate solar-powered saltwater desalination plants on Hawaii Island.

The measure would allow the Department of Budget and Finance to issue up to $100 million in special purpose revenue bonds to assist Trevi Systems Inc. and Kona Coast Water in bringing operational two or more plants to desalinate water using 100 percent renewable solar energy and supply it to customers on Hawaii Island, and potentially other islands as well.

Special-purpose revenue bonds allow the state to offer financing that helps private capital improvement projects considered to be in the public interest.

The bonds aren’t state funds and are instead bought by private investors.

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Acwa Power seals utility project deals with China – Saudi Arabia

Saudi-based Acwa Power has signed deals with Chinese entities, Silk Road Fund and Huawei, to lay the ground for collaboration in further investments and technological advancements of power generation and water desalination plants being developed and operated by the Saudi group.

This MoU comes as part of the official visit of HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, to China.

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UAE tops region in desalination projects with $1.3bln investment – UAE

The UAE is leading the region in establishing desalination plants with an investment value of Dh4.75 billion ($1.3 billion), distributed over two desalination plants operating by reverse osmosis system across the region, said a report by BNC, the research and business networking company.

The major projects include Taweelah plant in Abu Dhabi, scheduled to be completed in the the fourth quarter of 2022, and the plant at Jebel Ali in Dubai, scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of next year, stated the report issued ahead of a key industry summit.

The Mena Desalination Projects conference will be held from March 10 to 11 under the theme “Evaluating Innovations in Desalination for Current & Future Projects” in Abu Dhabi.

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Energy Recovery Awarded $4.9 Million for Desalination Projects in the United Arab Emirates – UAE

The leader in pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, today announced total awards of $4.9 million to supply its PX® Pressure Exchanger® technology for desalination projects in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Energy Recovery’s PX-Q300 Pressure Exchangers are expected to ship in Q1 of 2019 to multiple desalination facilities included in this project award.

“We expect strong results this year in our water business, which continues to provide high-efficiency energy recovery and pumping solutions to the growing seawater reverse osmosis desalination market,” said Chris Gannon, President and CEO of Energy Recovery.

“Seawater reverse osmosis desalination is critical to meeting fresh water needs in regions that experience water scarcity. In Dubai, the most populous city in the UAE, desalination meets more than 99 percent of the city’s water needs[1].”

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Al-Zour North One concludes two years of successful operations – Kuwait

Shamal Al-Zour Al-Oula KSC, the owner and operator of Al-Zour North One Power and Water Plant, announced yesterday the successful conclusion of two years of operations of the plant.

Al-Zour North One Power and Water Plant is Kuwait’s first independently owned power and water facility with a current production capacity of 27 percent of Kuwait’s power requirements at peak production (1,539MW) and 35 percent of water generation (107 million gallons per day).

Al-Zour North One Power and Water Plant began operations in November 2016 and is the first stage of the country’s plan to significantly increase its capacity over the coming years as part of a larger effort to meet an anticipated peak demand of 25 gigawatts (GW) by 2025.

The milestone comes only 42 months after the Operation and Maintenance team took control of the first three gas turbines in June 2015 to provide early power during the construction phase of the site.

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Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer reviews progress on SWRO-based desalination plant in Jebel Ali – Dubai

This plant is expected to be commissioned by May 2020 to meet the reserve margin criterion set for peak water demand for the year 2020 and beyond.

Dubai, UAE: HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), reviewed the progress on the sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO)-based desalination plant at the DEWA Jebel Ali Power & Desalination Complex.

This is one of the main complexes providing Dubai with reliable, efficient, and high-quality electricity and water services.

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QEWC, Qeeri team up to face country’s water security challenge – Qatar

Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), have signed a 20-year research collaboration agreement to address the country’s water security grand challenge as mentioned in the Qatar National Vision 2030 mandate.

The agreement, signed by QEWC general manager and managing director Fahad Hamad al-Mohannadi, and Qeeri executive director Dr Marc Vermeersch, will enable QEWC to leverage its scientific and technical expertise, and will see the construction of a pilot plant for desalination technology development (thermal and membrane). 

This will be launched with a specific focus on advanced multi-effect distillation (MED) technology for seawater desalination.

The MED pilot plant will enable the development of a new concept that would reduce energy consumption and improve energy efficiency of MED technology.

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MIT Engineers Turn Desalination Waste into Useful Chemicals

Engineers from MIT have devised a new approach for turning desalination waste into useful chemicals.

Modern desalination processes often leave behind a lot of highly concentrated brine, which is usually disposed of by dumping it back into the sea.

This process requires costly pumping systems which have to be managed carefully to prevent damage to marine ecosystems. 

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