Spotted: The people living in the Kenyan fishing village of Kiunga have been forced to drink, cook and bathe in contaminated, brackish water for years. Last year, NGO GivePower installed a solar water farm in the village.
Kiunga’s location along the coast makes it an ideal site for the desalination farm. Housed in 20-foot shipping containers, it is portable, and its solar panels produce 50 kilowatts of energy – enough to power two water pumps.
Originally built by Orano (then Areva Resources Namibia) to supply water to its Trekkopje Mine near Arandis, the desalination plant is now an important contributor to the overall supply of the potable water delivery system managed by Namwater.
Government sources told Daily News Egypt that the bids for the establishment of desalination plants vary in capacity between 100-150 scm/day per plant. The sources revealed that the companies will secure the required funding for the projects and sell the desalinated water to the government for 20 years.
Despite the recognition that access to water and sanitation is a human right, in 2015, 3 in 10 people (2.1 billion) did not have access to safe drinking water, and 6 in 10 (4.5 billion) had no access to safely managed sanitation facilities.
Durban – The Department of Environmental Affairs is calling for public comment after it recently granted an environmental authorisation for a proposed desalination plant in the north of eThekwini near oThongathi.
Umgeni Water – the applicants in the project – stressed that while the environmental authorisation had been granted, there was no intention to construct a desalination plant in the north or south of eThekwini at this stage.
South Korea plans to support Egypt’s plans to implement desalination projects, the Korean ambassador to Egypt, Yeocheol Yoon, told Daily News Egypt, asserting, “we hope that Egypt’s negotiations with Ethiopia about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will go well, yet water demand in Egypt is still high.”
Egypt is working very hard to face water shortage issues through alternative solutions, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on 13 October, asserting that Egypt is expanding the implementation of desalination projects with costs worth of EGP 200bn which will increase to EGP 300bn in 2020.
The UAE company has submitted a bid to implement desalination plants in Egypt with a total capacity of 500,000 cubic metres per day, over several phases, Osama Hamdy, Deputy Minister of Housing for follow-up, projects, and utilities, told Daily News Egypt.
ACWA Power, a leading international developer and operator of power generation and water desalination facilities from Saudi Arabia has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Government of Egypt to develop, finance, construct and operate the Kom Ombo photovoltaic plant, which will yield a capacity of 200 MW.
The signing took place under the patronage of His Excellency. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of Egypt; His Excellency Osama Naqli, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Egypt; and Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy.
The PPA was signed by Rajit Nanda, Chief Investment Officer at ACWA Power, and Eng. Sabah Mashaly, Chairman of the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company, in the presence of senior executives from ACWA Power and delegates from the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.