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Egypt to establish 14 new desalination plants to increase production to 1.4 mln cubic metres per day – Egypt

Egypt has already established 82 desalination plants with a combined capacity of 917,000 cubic metres per day.

Saad made his remarks following a meeting Thursday between Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and a number of ministers.

Madbouly stressed the importance of setting up more plants in coastal cities, given the importance of fulfilling local water needs for development purposes.

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Securing water resources – Egypt

EIB is eyeing desalination projects in Egypt, water sector expert at the EIB Walid Salem said this week.

Coastal protection in Egypt is an area in which the EIB closely collaborates with the national authorities to identify potential investments in line with Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, Salem told Al-Ahram Weekly.

These guide the use and sustainable conservation of oceans, seas, and marine resources.

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Morocco to ramp up green hydrogen production – Morocco

Morocco is considered a pioneer in the field of renewable energy both on the African continent and in the Middle East region. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see the kingdom pursuing its investments in clean solutions such as green hydrogen.

Produced entirely from renewable energy, one of the main advantages of green hydrogen is that it is non-intermittent, providing a constant supply of energy to a variety of industries including transport, power generation and industrial plants, and once processed, it can be stored as hydrocarbons or liquid, which is very convenient, as storage remains a major issue for renewable energies.

According to a report published in January 2022 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Morocco ranks among the top five countries with the potential to produce competitive green hydrogen alongside the United States, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Chile.

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Ministry begins implementing digital transformation; EIB eyeing role in seawater desalination plan – Egypt

Egypt’s Ministry of Public Enterprise Sector has announced that it has completed digital transformation projects in 15 companies.

Digital transformation of 56 firms is currently underway, it added.

In another development, healthcare startup Doxx has raised a significant amount in a seed funding round.

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Rystad Energy analyses Egypt’s pipeline of green hydrogen projects worth $40bn – Egypt

COP27 host Egypt’s pipeline for green hydrogen projects stands at 11.62 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to over 1.57mn tonnes of green hydrogen, ranking the country in the top three green hydrogen pipelines globally, after Australia and on par with Mauritania, according to a new report by independent energy research and business intelligence company Rystad Energy.

The estimated cost for these hydrogen projects alone, without additional infrastructures, will be around $20bn.

The projects are expected to come online before 2035, according to Rystad Energy research.

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The international exhibition for water purification, desalination and wastewater treatment kicks off – Egypt

The International Exhibition for Water Purification, Desalination and Sewage Treatment – WATREX Expo kicked off with the participation of more than 120 international and local companies in the field of water purification, in the presence of Dr. South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, and Finland.

The participants praised the organization of the exhibition, stressing that it is the largest event in the field of water purification, desalination and wastewater treatment in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East, and is in line with the state’s policy at the present time, and the initiative of a decent life, stressing that the exhibition is a real opportunity to localize water technology inside Egypt.

After the opening, the ambassadors inspected the exhibition pavilions, especially the pavilions of the international companies participating in the exhibition, and stressed the quality of local products represented in pumps, valves and other modern technology for water treatment, purification and desalination, water pipes, stressing that Egypt has reached a great position in the field of technology water.

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Solar-powered desalination system provides water to Caynabo – Somalia

In Somaliland, solar energy is facilitating access to water. In this internationally unrecognised state in north-western Somalia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has funded a project to improve the water supply in Caynabo.

The recently completed project was carried out by Aptech Africa. The Kampala, Uganda-based company built a solar-powered water desalination system.

The reverse osmosis plant with a capacity of 45 m3 per second was supplied by Genius Watter, a company based in Carmignano di Brenta, Italy. The water pumping and desalination system is powered by a 41 kWp solar photovoltaic system.

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AEC to build seawater desalination plants in five cities – Algeria

Algeria’s drinking water production capacity is expected to increase thanks to new seawater desalination plants. On April 30, 2022, the Algerian Minister of Water Resources and Water Security, Karim Hasni announced plans to build five stations in several cities across the country.

The Algerian Energy Company (AEC), the subsidiary of the national company for research, production, transport, processing and marketing of hydrocarbons (Sonatrach) will implement the drinking water project. The city of Fouka 2 will host the first desalination plant.

The other four plants will be located in the cities of Oran, Boumerdès, El Tarf and Bejaïa during the second half of 2022. Each facility will have a desalination capacity of 300,000 m3 per day, for a total capacity of 1.5 million m3 for all the stations.

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Boreal to install its desalination systems in 5 Pulse centers – Rwanda

Boreal Light’s project portfolio is expanding in East Africa. The German water treatment systems provider is agreeing with The Pulse, a managed network of rural business, service and leisure centers, to equip five new centers in Rwanda. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), only 57 percent of Rwandans have access to clean water.

The future kiosks will also provide water for irrigation of plantations. The Pulse will establish the future centers that will house the Boreal Light systems. These will include facilities dedicated to retail and wholesale, finance, health, water, agriculture, recreation, entertainment and more.

Boreal’s future water desalination systems will be solar-powered. According to The Pulse, this new partnership aims to eventually equip 69 rural centers with water treatment systems.

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Egypt: Developing Sinai – Egypt

On Monday, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant. Bahr Al-Baqar wastewater treatment plant, east of Port Said, will treat 5.6 million cubic metres per day which can then be used to irrigate agricultural land in Sinai.

Mohamed Ghanem, Irrigation Ministry spokesperson, said the plant aims to process two billion cubic metres of water annually “to contribute to the reclamation of between 400,00 and 500,000 feddans as part of the national project to develop Sinai and make optimal use of water resources”.

“Egypt’s water resources are estimated at 60 billion cubic metres per year, 55 billion of which come from the River Nile and five billion from rain and underground sources, forcing the government to look for other sources.

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