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Singapore seizes water plant from Hyflux after launching accounts probe – Singapore

Singapore moved to take control of debt-laden Hyflux’s key water treatment plant on Wednesday, a day after authorities said they were reviewing the company’s disclosures to see if it has breached any laws.

Once lauded as a national champion running a strategically important water source for the city-state, Hyflux is now under a court-supervised restructuring process that could wipe out the holdings of tens of thousands of retail investors.

Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, issued a notice to Hyflux on Wednesday saying it would take over the company’s Tuaspring desalination plant in 30 days and terminate its water supply deal.

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Repair work on Barka 2 power and water desalination plant reaches completion – Oman

Repairs on gas turbine three (GT-3) of Oman’s Barka Two power and water desalisanation plant have finished ahead of schedule, nearly three weeks after an inspection initially revealed damage.

In an 11 April, 2019, filing to the Muscat Securities Market, plant operator SMN Power Holding said the affected unit returned to service on 4 April – six calendar days ahead of its previously communicated expected completion date.

The financial impact due to the outage and repair work amounted to $1.8m (OMR800,000), the group added.

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Chennai: Metrowater pins hopes on Veeranam, borewells.

With Chennai’s four water reservoirs running dry, Veeranam lake, 240km away, could be the oasis this summer.

The city’s water managers are pinning hopes on the lake, water from quarries in Sikkarayapuram, desalination plants in Nemmeli and Minjur, and giant borewells to tide over the crisis.

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PUB-owned Tuas Desalination Plant wins global award, beating others in Oman, Tunisia and Egypt – Singapore

Barely a year after its opening, the Republic’s Tuas Desalination Plant, has got an accolade to its name, beating plants from Oman, Tunisia and Egypt that were in the running.

The desalination plant – the first plant owned and operated by national water agency PUB – was named Desalination Plant of the Year at this year’s Global Water Awards, presented at the Global Water Summit in London on Tuesday (April 9).

The awards recognise the most important achievements in the international water industry, including improved operating performance, innovative technology adoption and sustainable financial models.

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Saudi Arabia turns up temperature on water reduction plans – Saudi Arabia

Water rationalisation has been a high priority for the Saudi Arabian Government in recent years as it has repeatedly tried to address the stark imbalance of the country’s water consumption rates compared to its actual availability of resources.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s driest countries, but at the same time it’s the world’s third largest per capita consumer of water after the United States and Canada.

Attempts to boost reserves while cutting consumption have long been on the agenda in response to this perennial problem that affects most Middle Eastern nations.

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India takes to solar-powered desalination – India

India has joined the nations using PV to produce drinking water after a 10,000-liters-per-day solar-powered desalination plant was set up at the Vivekananda Memorial in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu.

The plant was developed by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) and the Ministry of Earth Sciences funded the Rs1.22 crore ($175,000) experimental project.

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Toray to double production of water treatment membranes in China – China

Japanese materials manufacturer Toray Industries will build a new plant to make water treatment membranes in China, doubling its production capacity in a country facing water shortages.

The new plant is estimated to be a 10 billion yen ($89.7 million) investment, and will be built in Foshan, Guangdong Province.

It is to begin producing reverse osmosis membranes in 2021.

The high-performance membranes are in demand in China, where they are used to purify drinking water and to filter impurities from water for industrial use.

Northern China in particular has suffered chronic shortages, and securing clean water is considered crucial not just for daily living but to support economic growth.

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80% water supply restored in Malaysia’s Kulai following ammonia pollution – Kulai – Malaysia

Eighty per cent of the water supply in Johor’s Kulai district was restored by noon on Friday (Apr 5), following water cuts due to ammonia pollution in Sungai Sayong, said Bukit Batu assemblyman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse.

Mr Puah, however, told CNA that it will take more time for water to reach users in areas of higher elevation.

A reservoir at a bio-composite centre next to an oil palm refinery in Sedenak burst on Wednesday at around 7am. This caused ammonia-contaminated water to flow into Sungai Sayong, one of the creeks that supplies raw water to the Johor River.

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Hyflux calls off SM Investments rescue deal, cancels proposed scheme meetings

In a hurricane twist of events, the US$530 million rescue deal from SM Investments to save embattled water treatment firm Hyflux is now off the table.

Hyflux announced the cancellation of the scheduled scheme meetings on April 5 and 8 in a regulatory filing on Thursday noon, just days before the proposed meetings were supposed to happen.

Due to the cancellation of the scheme meetings, shareholders also need not attend the extraordinary general meeting scheduled after the scheme meetings on April 15, the firm said in the statement.

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Acwa Power’s Jordan plant launches commercial operations – Jordan

Saudi-based Acwa Power, a major developer of power and water desalination projects, said its joint venture IPP (independent power project) with Jordan’s National Electric Power Company (Nepco) in the Zarqa region of Jordan, has entered commercial operations adding 485 MW electricity to the country’s grid.

The Acwa Power Zarqa combined cycle power plant can generate the equivalent electricity needed to supply up to 350,000 Jordanian households and is the most efficient thermal power plant in Jordan, said a statement from the Saudi company.

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