Dubai’s DEWA applies precautionary measures as it continues to deliver services – UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has undertaken a set of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its customers and staff.

This is in line with Dubai Government’s efforts to provide the highest level of protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). DEWA has ensured the continuity of its delivery of electricity and water services, according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency.

DEWA’s staff have undergone training programmes to use technological tools and channels in its state-of-the-art digital infrastructure over the last few years.


Beijing water operator reports revenue gains in 2019 – China

Beijing Capital Co Ltd, the world’s fifth-largest and the country’s second-largest water operator, reported revenue of more than 14.9 billion yuan in 2019, 20 percent up compared with the same period in the previous year. Total profit reached 1.598 billion yuan ($227.17 million), up 25 percent year-on-year.

Environmental business revenue reached 14.6 billion yuan, 98 percent of total revenue. Business relating to water affairs witnessed a year-on-year increase of 29 percent, and solid waste business was up 15 percent.

The company said its research and development expenditures last year rose 71 percent year-on-year, to 48.5 million yuan.


Doosan Vina exports desalination equipment to Bahrain – Bahrain

Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam (Doosan Vina) has exported three huge desalination devices with a total weight of over 2,000 tonnes to Bahrain, a company representative announced on April 7.

The three devices – Evaporator, Final-Effect, and Seawater Heater – are part of the Bapco MED project in Bahrain that Doosan Vina signed with Samsung Engineering Construction Limited in October 2018.

They will be used to heat and desalinate seawater into distilled water at Bapco.


Spain’s Abengoa to build large scale desalination plant in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Abengoa S.A. has been selected, in a consortium with engineering and construction company SEPCOIII, to construct a 600,000-m3/d desalination plant for Acwa Power.

The value of Abengoa’s scope in the project exceeds $200 million Specifically, the company will be responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the Jubail 3A reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant, in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, in the northeast of the country.

With a capacity of 600,000 m3/d, this plant will be the second largest plant with reverse osmosis technology in the country (it will have the same capacity as already under construction Rabigh III plant) and will guarantee the supply of drinking water to Riyadh, Qassim and Eastern Provinces throughout the year.


Spanish consortium wins Saudi water desalination project – Saudi Arabia

Spain’s Abengoa has announced that it has been awarded a contract to build the second largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The project will be carried out in consortium with engineering and construction company Sepco III.

Under the terms of the contract, Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering, supply and construction of the Jubail 3A reverse osmosis desalination plant, which will be located in the Kingdom’s eastern province.


Abengoa consortium wins Saudi desalination project contract – Saudi Arabia

Spanish group Abengoa said its consortium with the engineering and construction company Sepco III, has been awarded a contract to build the second largest reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.

The contract for the 600,000-cu-m per day desalination plant was awarded by Acwa Power, a company leader in the development, investment, ownership and operation of energy generation and desalinated water. 

Besides Acwa Power, the developer consortium includes Gulf Investment Corporation and Al Bawani Water & Power Company. On completion, the desalinated water will be supplied to the state-owned Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC), promoter of this project.


AIIB in lending syndicate to Oman solar power project – Oman

THE Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is amongst the lenders on the 500MW Ibri II solar power project in Oman.

Last week lead sponsor ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia announced that it had reached financial close on the project, via a US$275 million senior debt facility with a maturity of 16.5 years.

The six mandated lead banks are AIIB, Standard Chartered Bank, Bank Muscat, Riyad Bank, Siemens Bank, and Warba Bank. AIIB is providing US$60 million.


Rs 12.13 bn released for CPEC projects under PSDP 2019-20 – Pakistan

The government has so far released development funds of over Rs 12.13 billion for various development projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2019-20.

According to latest data issued by the ministry of Planning on Thursday, the government had allocated Rs 18 billion for around 20 projects of CPEC for the year 2019-20.

For construction of KKH phase-II Havelian-Thakot (118.057 M) part of CPEC, the government released Rs 2 billion out of total allocation of Rs 2.238 billion. The government has also released Rs 1.8 billion for preliminary design for up-gradation of main line (ML-1) and establishment of dryport near Havelian under the CPEC.


Dh3.4m prize offered to improve water desalination – UAE

Entrepreneurs are being offered Dh3.4 million in prize money to help reduce the amount of brine produced at desalination plants.

The UAE government has combined with the private sector to launch Rethink Brine in an effort to solve the issue.

Officials hope the challenge will encourage more researchers and scientists to develop new ways to tackle the problem.


Average Palestinian consumes 87 litres of water per day – Palestine

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the Palestinian Meteorological Department have disclosed that the average Palestinian consumes 87.3 litres of water per day.

This rate has reached 90.5 litres per day in the West Bank, according to joint statistics issued by the three institutions, while recording an improvement in recent years following the completion of water projects that have been able to boost the water resources and reduce waste.

Currently in Gaza, the per capita share has reached 83.1 litres, with a decrease of 5.2 litres compared with last year, as a result of the population growth. This takes into account the high water pollution rates and the amount of potable water fit for human consumption, divided by the population, which equals only 22.4 litres of fresh water per capita per day.