Africa

Egypt gets $18m Kuwait funding for two desalination plants – Egypt

Egypt has reached an agreement with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for development of two desalination plants in the new cities of Rafah and Bir al Abed in North Sinai, said a report.

The loan agreement worth  KD5.5 million ($18.27 million) between Egypt and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has been approved by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, reported Egypt Today.

In April last year, North Sinai Governor Mohamed Shousha announced that construction of the largest desalination plant in Africa and the Middle East has started. 

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Solar-Powered Desalination Device Aims to Deliver Water to 400,000 Kenyans – Kenya

Turning seawater into potable water is typically an expensive and polluting process. Now, Climate Fund Manager and Solar Water Solutions have a revolutionary solution with zero carbon footprint. 

The groups are working together to install up to 200 desalination units in Kitui County, Kenya. The project’s long-term goal is to provide clean water to 400,000 Kenyans by 2023. 

The total funding opportunity is estimated to be up to USD 15 million.

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Govt must step up efforts to revive Nungua Desalination Plant – Naa Momo Lartey – Ghana

In a contribution in Parliament on water and sanitation, Naa Momo Lartey underscored the importance of the desalination plant in the lives of the people in Krowor.

“At the coastline of Krowor there is a water desalination plant and the challenge has been the cost of operating the plant”, she submitted.

She argued that the cost factor excuse by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is not tenable since its functioning will be for the greater good of the people.

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Metito and Scatec consider clean energy desalination – Egypt

The real criticism of seawater desalination is its high energy consumption. Egypt wants to reduce the environmental impact of desalination by building new plants powered entirely by renewable energy.

This is the aim of recent discussions between Metito, Orascom Construction, the Norwegian independent power producer (IPP) Scatec and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

These discussions are also open to the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Planning and the Egyptian Sovereign Wealth Fund.

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JICA lends €250m for the construction of the Sfax desalination plant – Tunisia

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has just signed a financing agreement for nearly 250 million euros for the construction of the Sfax desalination plant in eastern Tunisia.

The plant under construction is intended to reduce the problems of drinking water supply experienced by the country’s second largest city.

The Tunisian authorities are obtaining funds for the implementation of the project to build a seawater desalination plant in the port city of Sfax.

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Govt hunts for loans to fund N$3,5b desalination project – Namibia

The government has over the years been weighing plans to extract water from the Atlantic Ocean to solve the scarcity of water for the central and coastal towns, which includes Windhoek.

The government is also exploring the option of partnering with Botswana on the proposed project to provide water to the drought-stricken neighbouring country.

The Namibian reported earlier this year that the proposed project could cost more than N$3,5 billion.

Egypt secures $486m to implement 17 Projects supporting food security – Egypt

Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation has reported that the ongoing funding by multilateral and bilateral development partners amounting to $486m has been channelled into 17 projects.

These projects are in 22 locations nationwide, and aim to support Egypt’s strategy in pushing towards achieving Goal 2 of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to enhance food security.

According to the ministry’s ODA-SDG map, the development financing available to implement the second SDG encompasses $112m of non-refundable grants, and $374m of secured funding from 11 development partners. 

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Desalination could bolster South Africa’s water supply – South Africa

As South Africa faces a deepening water crisis, desalination should be considered as part of the solution towards water security.

The 2 800 km coastline, stretching from Mozambique to Namibia, positions South Africa well to use sea water to help combat water scarcity, says ABB Energy Industries South Africa ABB power and water manager Joyce Moganedi.

“South Africa is a water scarce country. Our situation is becoming more desperate because of climate change, water pollution and overwhelmed water infrastructure.

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4 desalination plants to be reactivated between June and August 2021 – Algeria

In Algeria, the government wants to improve the supply of drinking water to the population. Four seawater desalination plants will become operational again in the North African country between June and August 2021.

Algerian Minister of Water Resources Mustapha Kamel Mihoubi made the announcement in a recent publication on the Ministry’s website.

According to the official, the Palm-Beach seawater desalination plant in the province of Tipaza in Algeria will be re-commissioned this June 2021.

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OCP to rely 100% on non-conventional water resources in 2030 – Morocco

The strategy of the Office Chérifien des phosphates (OCP) to face water stress is known.

The fertiliser producer and exporter plans to increase its rate of water use from non-conventional sources to 100% by 2030, compared to 31% at present.

OCP unveiled its strategy on 10 June 2021, during a webinar organised by the Moroccan Coalition for Water (Coalma).

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