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Oman’s second biggest water project launched – Oman

A huge water desalination plant, with a production capacity of around 250,000 cubic metres (m3) per day, has been brought into operation at Sohar Port.

The Suhar-4 Independent Water Project (IWP), built with an investment of around $220 million, reinforces Suhar’s importance as Oman’s biggest seawater desalination hub designed to meet the escalating potable water requirements of vast swathes of the Batinah and other grid-connected parts of north Oman.

Last week, Spanish water giant Sacyr — the lead investor in the Suhar-4 IWP — said the reverse osmosis (RO) based desalination plant, located within Sohar Port, is now fully operational.

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Sacyr Starts Operations at the Desalination Plant in Sohar – Oman

acyr through its affiliates Sacyr Sadyt and Sacyr Agua has started operations at the seawater desalination plant in Sohar, on the Al Batinah coast. With an investment of nearly EUR 200 million, the revenue backlog estimated for 20 years of operation totals EUR 1 billion.

The reverse-osmosis desalination plant is the second-largest in the country and has the capacity to produce 250,000 m3 of water per day, supplying around 220,000 people.

The public company Oman Power and Water Procurement Company awarded the bid for the Sohar 4 IWP desalination plant to the consortium led by Sacyr Agua (51%), and in which Oman Brunei Investment Company (25%) and Sogex Oman (24%) are also participating, through the Water Purchase Agreement – WPA. The WPA includes the design, construction, ownership, financing, operation, maintenance and purchase of potable water for 20 years.

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ACCIONA lays the first stone for IWP Shuqaiq-3 – Saudi Arabia

ACCIONA, a leading company in the development of water infrastructure, together with co-developers Marubeni Corporation, Almar Water Solutions through Abdul Latif Jameel CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Co, celebrated the cornerstone ceremony of the Shuqaiq-3 desalination plant last Thursday.  

The event was held at the Shuqaiq-3 site, located on the Red Sea coast of Saudi Arabia and was attended by several top representatives and officials from Spain including the Councillor for Economic and Financial Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in Riyadh, Mr. José Ramón Ferrandis Muñoz. José Díaz Caneja, CEO of ACCIONA Agua business line; Jesús Sancho, ACCIONA ME Managing Director and Manuel Manjón, ACCIONA Business Development Director attended as well the event.  

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Acciona breaks ground on big Saudi desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

Acciona, a leading company in the development of water infrastructure, has laid the foundation stone for IWP (independent water project) Shuqaiq-3, being developed in co-ordination with Marubeni Corporation and Almar Water Solutions through Abdul Latif Jameel CDC and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Company.

Located on the Red Sea coast, IWP Shuqaiq-3 is one of the largest desalination plants in Saudi Arabia, said a statement from the Spanish group.

The project’s EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) stage is scheduled for completion in 2021, it stated.

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India’s ‘grave’ water crisis a result of misallocation, mispricing, mismanagement – India

According to NITI (of Government of India) Report (June 2018), India is now entering in to the phase of “acute water scarcity” and if no adequate measures are taken, then the water demand would exceed water supply by the year 2030.

Also, the ground water resources in many cities including Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru would get exhausted. Water stress is rapidly turning in to water crisis. Water availability on the earth remains the same as it was 5000 years ago when mankind population was just 5 million as against present population of 7700 million.

However, “there is enough water for everyone’s need but not enough for anyone’s greed”, as pointed out by Gandhiji who was also not in favour of “putting too much burden on the resources (including water) provided to us by nature”.

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Centre mulling tapping wind power at low cost, says Nitin Gadkari – Hyderabad

Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said that the Central government proposes to generate wind power from Tuticorin, Kandla and Paradip ports. 

The plan includes establishing desalination plants at the three ports to solve the drinking water problem besides producing power at a rate of Rs 2.5 per unit, he said. He was speaking at the 34th annual convocation of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) at Vellore on Saturday.

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Ansaldo Energia awarded TNBE power plant service contract – Dubai

Ansaldo Energia has been awarded a 10-year structured service agreement for their Taweelah New B Extension (TNBE) combined cycle power plant by Taweelah Asia Power Company (TAPCO) in Abu Dhabi.

The Italian firm said in a statement that the full-scope, turnkey service agreement with the independent water and power producer (IWPP) covers three dual fuel Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbines and SGEN5-1000A air-cooled generators, coupled with a Siemens SST5-6000 Steam Turbine and SGEN5- 2000H hydrogen-cooled generator, including all related auxiliaries.

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Chennai’s wettest day of year brings 21 days of water – India

After playing hide and seek for the last few days, the clouds over Chennai and adjoining areas opened up late on Wednesday night, dumping 10.4cm of rain, making it the wettest day of the year. The city last recorded 10cm rain in a 24-hour period on August 25, 2011.

For hydrogeologists, the record means that the core city with an area of 174sqkm has received about 17,400 million litres of water which would serve the city’s water supply needs for 21 days, assuming every drop of rain is saved.

But does the city have adequate infrastructure to harvest rainwater?

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Over Rs 6k crore sanctioned for Perur desalination plant – India

The State government has sanctioned Rs 6,079 crore for establishing a 400-MLD reverse osmosis desalination plant at Perur on the East Coast Road, according to the GO issued by the Municipal Administration Department last week.

The funds were sanctioned to give effect to the recent announcement made by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami under Rule 110 in the Assembly.  The plant, being set up to meet the increasing water demands in Chennai city, is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The JICA will give Rs 4,267.70 crore in two tranches – i.e., Rs 1,744.40 crore as Transche-I and the balance as Tranche-II. The operation and maintenance cost for 20 years is estimated at Rs 20,174.14 crore and the land lease cost at Rs 82 crore for 30 years; that is, Rs 1,000 crore per annum, on an average.

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EWEC, ACWA Power Sign Deal for Abu Dhabi Desalination Facility – UAE

The Emirates Water and Electricity Company and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power have signed the water purchase agreement for the world’s largest sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant to be constructed at Taweelah Power and Water Complex, 50 km north of Abu Dhabi, at a cost of up to $900 million.

The Taweelah IWP will be the first stand-alone independent water project in Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Water and Electricity Company had awarded the project to ACWA Power in January 2019.

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