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Kenya turns to Saudi investor to make water drinkable in arid Turkana region – Kenya

Authorities in Kenya’s driest region are in talks with a Saudi investor to build a desalination plant, after hopes of finding drinking water from an aquifer were dashed.

Tito Ochieng, the director of water services in Turkana, in the north of the country, said the potential investor – Saudi-owned Almar Water – has already signed a deal to build a $160m (£125m) desalination plant in Mombasa.

According to Ochieng, the plant would be built on top of the Lotikipi aquifer, in the village of Nanam, and is expected to cost 5–10bn Kenyan shilling (£37.5–75m).

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Cabinet Approves $25m Desalination Project – Iraq

The Cabinet held its regular weekly meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi.

It authorised the Ministries of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research, other ministries, public bodies and local councils to recruit holders of post- graduate degrees, and to exempt this round of recruitment from applicable clauses in the 2019 Federal Budget.

The exemption is for this year only.

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EIR released for West Basin desalinization plant – California

The West Basin Municipal Water District on Wednesday released the much anticipated Environmental Impact Report for the ocean water desalination plant it has proposed in El Segundo. 

The report, required by state and federal law, does not differ significantly from a draft version released 18 months ago. But its release is a significant step towards West Basin’s goal of constructing a desalination plant on the 33-acre El Segundo Generating Station site currently operated by NRG in El Segundo, just north of the Manhattan Beach border.

Like the draft report, the final EIR finds that the environmental impacts of the proposed facility are “less than significant” and thus legally compliant. 

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Financial close reached for giant $870m UAE desalination plant – UAE

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower) and Saudi-based ACWA Power have confirmed the successful financial closing of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant.

The new plant will be located at the Taweelah power and water desalination complex in Abu Dhabi, with completion expected in 2022.

A partnership of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and Mubadala Investment Company holds a 60 percent equity interest in the Taweelah project with the remaining 40 percent held by ACWA Power, a statement said.

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World’s largest reverse osmosis desalination project to open in Abu Dhabi in 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Emirates Water and Electricity Company, EWEC – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation – and ACWA Power – the Saudi-based developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants – have confirmed the successful financial closing of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant.

The new plant will be located at the Taweelah power and water desalination complex in Abu Dhabi, with completion expected in 2022.

A partnership of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and Mubadala Investment Company holds a 60 percent equity interest in the Taweelah project with the remaining 40 percent held by ACWA Power. 

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BHP to take US$780M hit on renewable move – Chile

The company announced four new renewable power agreements for the Escondida and Spence operations.

It is part of BHP’s goal to shift to 100% renewable energy at the mines from the mid-2020s.

“These new renewable energy contracts will increase flexibility for our power portfolio and will ensure security of supply for our operations, while also reducing costs and displacing CO2 emissions,” BHP Minerals Americas president Daniel Malchuk said.

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U.S. EPA to Provide $585 Million for Climate-Resilient Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Plant – United States

Poseidon Water released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project to apply for $585 million in credit assistance under the federal government’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

“We are pleased by the U.S. EPA’s acknowledgment that the Huntington Beach Desalination Project is an environmentally sound, regionally significant project that will produce clean, safe drinking water and high-quality jobs,” said Poseidon Water CEO Carlos Riva.

“WIFIA will make a tangible difference for Orange (News – Alert) County, providing ratepayers with affordable water that is locally controlled and climate resilient. The program is an excellent example of how the federal government can foster Public-Private Partnerships that modernize our nation’s water infrastructure.”

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South Sinai to introduce ZLD plants beginning with Sharm El Sheikh – Egypt

South Sinai contemplates introducing water treatment plants operating in the Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system in parallel to adding more desalination plants while improving the efficiency of existing ones.

For that purpose, Chairman of South Sinai Water Company Abdel Hamid Ahmed Hamdy met with Minister of Military Production Mohamed Said al-Assar and CEO of International Desalination and Water Treatment (LLC) (IDWT) Nabil al-Maraghy.

Hamdy said the governorate plans to build a ZLD water treatment plant in Sharm El Sheikh in order to render sewage water suitable for irrigation. The project will be accomplished by the ministry’s Qaha Company for Chemical Industries (Military Factory 270) and IDWT. The daily capacity of the plant is 6,000 cubic meters.

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EWEC, ACWA Power announce financial closing of world’s largest RO desalination project – Duabi

Emirates Water and Electricity Company, EWEC, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation, ADPower, and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power have announced the successful financial closing of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant.

The new plant will be located at the Taweelah power and water desalination complex in Abu Dhabi, with completion expected in 2022. ADPower and Mubadala Investment Company hold a 60% equity interest in the Taweelah project while ACWA Power holds the remaining 40%.

The project is to cost AED3.19 billion, with funding sourced from a combination of senior project finance loans worth a total of AED2.71 billion, in addition to equity contributions from shareholders and operating cashflow from pre-operations.

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IFAT INDIA 2019 – Mumbai – India

Yesterday, the  IFAT India  trade fair in Mumbai ended with three successful days. For the first time and with great success, companies from the industry have gathered at the Desalination Pavilion and intensified contacts. Over three days, interesting discussions and an intensive exchange took place here. On Friday, the Desalination Forum offered all interested visitors of IFAT India the opportunity to participate in the Desalination Forum. Accompanied by great responses, international and national market participants presented their solutions.

IFAT INDIA 2019 Desalination Pavilion
IFAT INDIA 2019 Desalination Pavilion

These included Krofta Engineering, Larsen&Turbo, Aqseptence, Pentair, World Water Works – Asia, Lanxess and Fermenta Biotech. The close cooperation between IFAT and the Desalination Institute DME will further expand the desalination market segment with a view to IFAT in Munich in May 2020 and is already encouraging active companies to participate. Contact us directly. At this point we would like to thank all those involved and look forward to IFAT Munich 2020.

IFAT INDIA 2019 Desalination Forum
Desalination Pavilion Mumbai
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