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Morocco set to ensure water supply sustainability – Morocco

Ensuring sustainable supply of drinking water took center stage at a meeting chaired by King Mohammed VI at the Royal palace in Rabat, Thursday, part of an endeavor by the Kingdom to safeguard water resources.

The meeting focused on water supply in the north and the north east, two regions that see their water needs double during the summer, the Royal office said in a statement.

The water needs of the region are also set to increase as the region is home to large-scale industrial investments and tourism development projects.

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Egypt- SCZone pays EGP 1.3bn to army’s Engineering Authority for desalination plant – Egypt

The Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces was paid EGP 1.3bn by the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) as part of the cost of establishing a seawater desalination plant in the southern area of SCZone.

Mohamed Shaaban, vice president of SCZone, said that the desalination plant has a production capacity of 100,000 cubic metres per day, at a cost of €90m (about EGP 1.76bn).

The southern area’s water needs are estimated at 250,000 cubic metres per day until 2030, and about 120,000 cubic metres per day from 2020 to 2025.

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Climate change: Egypt unveils plan to invest $50 bln in drinking water – Egypt

Egyptian government plans to invest about 50 billion dollars over 20 years to secure access to drinking water for its 97 million population.

The announcement was made by the Egyptian Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Mohamed Abdel Aty on the sidelines of the Beirut Water Week in Lebanon, which opened its doors on Monday, April 8, 2019.

The project is part of the National Water Plan 2017-2037 in the drinking water sector.

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Cape Town’s plan to not run out of water again – Cape Town

Cape Town is drilling boreholes and wells at a rapid rate to ensure it has a stable water supply.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, over 26,000 registered boreholes and wells have been created. This is compared to 1,500 in 2016.

The continued focus on drilling for water comes just over a year after Cape Town faced severe droughts and water shortages.

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South Africa’s Evolving Case to Increase Coastal Shipping – South Africa

South Africa has downsized its domestic railway freight network with the closure of many branch lines, and now long line-ups of big trucks carry coal to some of South Africa’s coal-fired power stations. So, like many other African nations, South Africa’s economy depends on truck transportation.

The increasing number of heavy trucks carrying freight over long distances has taken a toll on South Africa’s deteriorating road network while the crime rate has escalated in response to high unemployment.

The truck transportation industry has become a target for criminals. Drivers who stop to rest at truck stops and act to protect their cargo have been brutally attacked by criminals who take both the freight and various parts of the trucks that they resell.

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Africa’s first sea water solar desalination plant reaches milestone – Africa

The plant, located in Witsand, Western Cape Province, has been fully operational since December 2018, solving the water crisis in the area and providing the local population a steady water supply.

The project, co-funded by the French Treasury and the Province of the Western Cape, has been fully developed and completed in less than 18 months by Turnkey Water Solutions (TWS) and Mascara Renewable Water, together with a strong team of local consultants and contractors.

The OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara, is currently producing an average of 150kL of drinkable water per day, two-thirds of the production from solar energy only and at a very competitive price.

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Exhibitions seek to fight food insecurity, climate change and reduce wastage

Dubbed “Hands on the Future,” the exhibitions at KICC sought to promote the pursuit of technical and vocational skills as students and instructors from various Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions and various stakeholders demonstrated their capabilities.

The Standard Group PLC is one of the partners in the initiative.

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PUWU petitions Akufo-Addo over Teshie Desalination Plant operations – Teshie – Ghana

The Public Utility Workers Union, PUWU has petitioned President Akufo-Addo to discontinue the operations of the Teshie Desalination Plant due to the cost burden on the Ghana Water Company Limited.

According to the petition sighted by Prime Business and signed by the General Secretary of PUWU of TUC GH, Micheal Adumatta Nyantakyi, the Teshie Desalination Plant has the potential to collapse the whole Ghana Water Company.

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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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Singapore’s Hyflux has PPP concession for Algerian desalination plant terminated – Algeria

Company says it does not agree with the action taken by Sonatrach and Algerienne des Eaux, and will “seek advice on enforcement and protection of its rights”

Hyflux, the Singapore-headquartered global developer and operator of power and water plants, announced on Tuesday that it has been served a termination notice for a sea water desalination project in Algeria.

The company said in a press statement that it received a notice of termination for its Souk Tleta Desalination Plant in the Wilaya of Tlemcen.

The 200,000 cubic metres per day (m3/day) plant, Hyflux’s first water treatment project in the Middle East, was developed in a joint venture with the state-owned Algeria Energy Company (AEC) and Malaysia’s Malakoff Berhad, according to the company’s website.

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