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Acwa Power wins contract to develop Saudi water desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s utility developer Acwa Power won a contract to develop the Rabigh 3 independent water-desalination plant (IWP) located on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast.

The Riyadh-based company submitted the lowest price among five bidders and its consortium with Saudi Brothers Commercial Company was selected to develop the desalination plant, Acwa Power said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Sultanate signs RO150mn loan agreements to finance development projects – Muscat

The Ministry of Finance and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) on Monday signed two loan agreements worth RO150mn for financing development projects in the sultanate.

The two agreements were signed by H E Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs and Abdullatif Yousef al Hamad, chairman and director general of AFESD.

The first agreement worth RO89mn will be utilised in financing part of the project for enhancing the water pipelines in the governorates of Batinah (from Sohar to Barka).

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EGA, Mubadala and Dubal Holding to develop Dh1bn power plant in Jebel Ali – Dubai

Emirates Global Aluminium, Mubadala Investment Company and Dubal Holding will develop a power generation facility and water desalination plant worth more than Dh1 billion ($272.3 million) at EGA’s aluminium smelting facility in Jebel Ali.

Mubadala and Dubal Holding agreed to form a joint venture to develop the new facility, according to a joint statement on Tuesday. EGA will buy power from the new JV for 25 years once the facilities are operational.

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Saudi to offer $9.6bln water projects in Q1 2019 – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia intends to offer water and farming projects worth around 36 billion Saudi riyals ($9.6 billion) to investors in the first quarter of 2019, a newspaper in the world’s largest oil exporter reported on Sunday.

The Environment, Water and Agriculture Ministry will issue tenders for the projects as part of plans to expand desalinated water and farming production in the Gulf kingdom, the Arabic language daily Aleqtisadia said.

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Egypt wins $131m Kuwait funding for desal projects – Egypt

Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) said it has signed a deal with Egyptian government to provide funding worth KD15 million ($50 million) for the construction of four water desalination plants in South Sinai region of the country.

The duo also signed another loan deal under which the Kuwait Fund would present an additional loan worth KD25 million ($85 million) to the Egyptian government for development works.

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EXCLUSIVE: Low bidders emerge for two Saudi desalination projects – Saudi Arabia

State desalination provider Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has received bids for two desalination projects in Saudi Arabia.

The client received four proposals for the two projects, Jubail 2 and Al-Khobar 2, on 9 December and 10 December, respectively, and opened the bids for each a day later.

For the 400,000 cubic metres-a-day Jubail 2 desalination project, a consortium of Acciona and RTCC submitted the lowest bid of $373m.

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Wind powered water desalination in coastal Vietnam – Vietnam

Climate change is happening and it is wreaking havoc by increasing temperatures, leading to salinity intrusion and floods. According to a report of Belgium’s Asian Infrastructure Engineering and Investment Company (AIEI), the total damage from salinity intrusion during the dry season and flood during the rainy season are estimated to reach 30 per cent of the total output of rice, vegetables, fruits, trees, and shrimp in 2050, equivalent to around VND3.6-12 trillion ($156.5-521.7 million).

Especially, over the last years, impoverished areas in coastal and south-central provinces have been facing salinisation, which is impacting production and life. Salinisation has entered about 35-40 kilometres into the Mekong River Delta, with the salinity level at around 14.6-31.2 grammes per litre, and especially, the Tien River has been salinised 90km inwards from the coast.

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UAE giants ink deal to develop Dubai power, desalination plant – Dubai

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Mubadala and Dubai Holding are to sign an agreement to develop a new power block and a water desalination plant at EGA’s smelter at Jebel Ali in Dubai.

The new facilities will improve the efficiency of power for EGA’s aluminium smelting, reducing environmental emissions and natural gas consumption, a statement said.

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Clean water more than a pipe dream – California

Water scarcity is an ongoing problem in Southern California. Six of the last seven years have been drought years, leaving most of the region highly dependent upon imported water.

By using the best technology, sound management practices, public participation, and a balanced approach to human and environmental needs, Sweet-water Authority—known locally as the Authority—provides its customers clean, safe water from local water supplies.

The Authority is a publicly-owned agency that delivers water via 388 miles of pipeline to serve 190,000 people in a 32-square mile service area in Southern San Diego County.

The Authority’s customers were among the first in the region to benefit from a desalination (desal) process designed to treat “brackish,” or saline, groundwater to make it safe for human use.

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SA’s first solar powered desalination plant ready – Saudi Arabia

It’s the very first plant in SA and extendable in Africa which is going to produce drinkable water from sea water with solar energy only.

South Africa’s first solar-powered desalination plant is ready to start pumping water to residents of Witsand near Riversdale in the Southern Cape.

The project is a collaboration between the Western Cape and French governments.

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