ABB technology to power world’s largest seawater desalination project – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Approximately 45 kilometers north of Abu Dhabi city, the Taweelah project will be the first reverse osmosis independent water project in Abu Dhabi which will desalinate seawater for supply to local communities and industry in the area.

It will also set new benchmarks for its size, efficiency and cost by utilizing the lowest amount of energy per cubic meter of water produced.

The USD 500 million development will have the capacity to process over 900,000 cubic meters of seawater per day, enough to meet the demands of over 350,000 households and is scheduled to become fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.


Saudi’s SWCC sets Guinness World Record for lowest energy-consuming desal plant – Saudi Arabia

SWCC’s new desalination plant operates at 2.27 kilowatt hours (kWh) per cubic meter of desalinated water.

The plant comprises a mobile seawater intake system that operates with the latest ERD energy recovery technology and highly energy efficient pumps.

In addition, the new desalination plant operates with an environmentally friendly reverse osmosis technology that has been implemented based on the latest international specifications and standards, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.


California looks to Saudi Arabia for desalination expertise – California

As water shortages become a reality across the globe, authorities in drought-prone areas are looking to Saudi Arabia’s desalination industry for inspiration.

The Kingdom produces more desalinated water than any other nation, with 27 plants transforming sea brine into five million cubic meters of fresh water a day. The industry has grown rapidly in recent years.

In January, the Kingdom announced plans to invest more than $500 million (SR1.874 billion) to build nine plants in Jeddah.


Call for extended abstracts (Forum&Fair) Mini&Micro RO Desalination Systems

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Major challenge for Putin as Russia looks to resolve water crisis in Crimea – Russia

A water emergency in Crimea is absorbing billions of taxpayer rubles as Russia tries to patch up an impossible problem stemming from the peninsula’s annexation in 2014. President Vladimir Putin’s Black Sea gem looks increasingly like a millstone.

Ukraine dammed the North Crimean Canal seven years ago, cutting off the source of nearly 90% of the region’s fresh water and setting it back to the pre-1960s, when much was arid steppe.

Add a severe drought and sizzling temperatures last year, plus years of underinvestment in pipes and drilling, and fields are dry. In the capital Simferopol and elsewhere, water has been rationed.


Southern Water wants to build desalination plant at Fawley – United kingdom

Southern Water is drawing up proposals to build the plant on land south of its wastewater treatment works at Ashlett Creek, near Fawley.

The scheme also involves the construction of a 25km pipeline from Ashlett to Testwood in Totton.

Southern Water says the scheme aims to keep customers’ taps running in the event of a severe drought. But locals say they are concerned about the potential impact of the project.


Acciona To Use Its Maestro AI Platform At Qatar Desalination Plant – Qatar

Spanish infrastructure and renewable energy giant Acciona won the contract for the design, construction, and O&M of the Umm Al Houl SWRO desalination plant in Qatar in 2015.

The plant will produce 564,000 m3 of desalinated water per day, enough to serve 1.1 million people, after the start-up of operations in April.

Acciona will fund an AI project at the facility from its dedicated decarbonization fund.


Give desalinated water to industries: Andhra CM Jagan – India

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials to take steps to provide desalinated water to industries and industrial estates so as to conserve fresh water in reservoirs and other water resources. 

He wanted the officials to focus on promoting desalination plants and providing water to industries by laying dedicated pipelines.

He said that the responsibility in this regard lies on the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC).


AI optimising new Qatar desalination plant operations – Qatar

Qatar’s Umm Al Houl desalination plant will see an artificial intelligence (AI) project run by Acciona optimise operations and achieve energy saving at the site, reducing carbon emissions.

The project is part of Acciona’s goals to reduce carbon emissions associated with its business activities and will be financed by the global regenerative and decarbonised solutions provider’s dedicated decarbonisation fund, making it one among only 14 projects in the world that have been chosen by Acciona for their potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The Umm Al Houl Seawater Reverse Osmosis plant, which is scheduled to become operational next month, will use a state-of-the-art AI platform called Maestro, to optimise operations and achieve energy saving in particular, said a statement from Acciona.


Iran Launches Major Water Transfer Projects – Iran

President Hassan Rouhani opened the five water transfer projects via videoconference on Sunday.

New pipelines supply desalinated water from the southern coasts to desert areas and industrial plants in several provinces, including Hormozgan, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan, South Khorasan, Khorasan Razavi, and Sistan and Balouchestan.

Carried out by the private sector, the infrastructural projects provide employment for 54,000 people.