Saudi Arabia Suspends Privatization of Desalination and Power Plant – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has suspended the privatization of the Ras Al Khair desalination and power plant, one of a number of state assets that the government aimed to sell to reduce pressure on capital spending and diversify revenues away from oil.

“This decision was made in order to capitalize on knowledge and capacity built in the Kingdom as a result of many years of experience in the areas of water desalination, new technologies, R&D (research and development) and supply chains”, said the Privatization Supervisory Committee for the Environment, Water and Agriculture sectors.

“A new engagement strategy and plan for the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) assets such as Ras Al Khair plant will be announced shortly,” it said in a statement on Monday on the website of the Saudi national center for privatizations.


Saudi Arabia Halts $2 Billion Sale of Water Plant Stake – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has halted the sale of one of the world’s biggest water plants, which had attracted interest from investors including France’s Engie SA, in a setback for the kingdom’s privatization plans.

The Ras Al Khair desalination and power facility on Saudi Arabia’s east coast had cost more than $7 billion to build.

The government, which had been hoping to accelerate asset sales this year, blamed disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Saudi Arabia cracks down on water pollution – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture began implementing the executive regulation for the protection of water from pollution across the Kingdom.

The new legislation stipulates a fine ranging from 10,000 riyals to 20 million riyals for throwing wastewater or any untreated liquid components, discharging or injecting them into groundwater or into any environmental medium.

It also states that all surface and groundwater resources are now public property, and can only be used by acquiring a licence from the country’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.


Construction on nuclear plants to be sped up – Iran

Iran is going to ramp-up construction work on two of its new nuclear power projects in Bushehr.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President of Iran and head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said that construction of two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr will be sped up.

The Iranian Central Bank is going to allocate the first installment of the budget in two weeks, he added.


Third desalination plant will be ready in 2023, says K.N. Nehru – India

The ongoing project to construct the third desalination plant, with a capacity to treat 150 million litres of seawater a day, at Nemmeli will be completed by April 2023, Minister for Municipal Administration K.N. Nehru said on Saturday.

During an inspection, he instructed officials to expedite ongoing work at Nemmeli, and also initiate measures to start the construction of a 400 mld desalination plant at Perur.

Mr. Nehru noted that nearly 9 lakh residents would have better water supply once the ₹1,259.38 crore desalination plant is commissioned in 2023.


Abengoa begins commissioning of Saudi Arabia’s largest RO plant – Saudi Arabia

Abengoa, an international provider of sustainable solutions for the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, has announced that it has produced the first permeate, that is, the first desalinated water, at the Rabigh 3 desalination plant that it is building in the Saudi city of Rabigh.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for this project was awarded to a consortium of Abengoa, Sepco III (Power China) and Sidem (Veolia) in 2018. 

Acwa Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, is the majority owner of the Rabigh 3 desalination plant. The commissioning of this plant is scheduled for the first quarter of 2022.


Saudi National Water Co. restructures as part of privatization drive – Saudi Arabia

MEWA has launched the latest phase of its restructuring of regional water facilities under the umbrella of the NWC, as part of the Kingdom’s wider privatization strategy.

On Sunday, Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli, minister of environment, water and agriculture, launched the integration of the Western Cluster, around the Makkah region, and the Southern Cluster, consisting of the Asir, Jazan, Najran, and Al-Baha regions.

The two clusters will be restructured under the NWC parent entity and are part of plans for all 13 regions in the Kingdom to be integrated into six clusters, which will then operate under centralized management.


Filinvest utility arm lands 25-year Metro Cebu water supply deal – Philippines

Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corp.’s FDC Utilities Inc. (FDCUI) secured a 25-year bulk water supply deal with the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD).

In a statement, FDCUI said its wholly-owned subsidiary, FDC Water Utilities Inc., was given a notice of award by the MCWD for its unsolicited proposal to put up desalination plants to supply potable water to Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, and Talisay City.

FDCUI added that FDC Water Utilities obtained the deal following its success in the competitive challenge process as prescribed by the 2013 National Economic and Development Authority Joint Venture Guidelines between government and private entities that allow third parties to submit comparative proposals.


DEWA unveils stunning set of efficiency numbers for its Jebel Ali complex – United Arab Emirates

DEWA announced increasing its electricity production capacity up to 12,900 megawatts (MW) and desalinated water to 490 MIGD, showing how it is meeting the soaring demands of a growing city with foresight and careful planning. 

This reflected a continuation in the company’s efforts to develop its infrastructure to keep pace with the growing demand for electricity and water and provide its services according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency, and quality for over a million customers in the emirates of Dubai.

The Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Complex is one of the key pillars to provide Dubai with high-quality, efficient and reliable electricity and water services. The complex has been hailed by the Guinness World Records as the largest single-site natural gas power generation facility in the world at a capacity of 9,547 MW.


Gwadar all set for new journey after PM’s visit – Pakistan

Gwadar is set for a new journey after Imran Khan’s successful visit, Gwadar Pro reported on Tuesday. As promising changes are taking place in the booming area of Gwadar, Imran Khan reviewed progress on various development projects and witnessed the signing of memoranda of understanding (MoUs).

During the one-day visit, the Prime Minister performed the groundbreaking of the Gwadar Free Zone Phase Two and launched many projects such as Gwadar Fertiliser Plant, Gwadar Animal Vaccine Plant, Henan Agricultural Industrial Park, Hengmei Lubricants Plant, and Gwadar Expo Centre.

The MoUs signed during the visit included an implementation agreement of a 1.2 million gallons per day desalination plant and solar generators granted from China for south Balochistan.