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UAE architects make cement out of salt – United Arab Emirates

A Dubai-based architect duo is looking to break from conventional building practices with an alternative cement conceived in the salt flats of the UAE and made using a problematic waste material.

Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, principal architects at waiwai, enlisted the scientific knowhow of universities in the UAE and Japan to create a cement made using brine generated by the UAE’s desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater.

They were inspired by the UAE’s mineral-rich sabkha — salt flats that are part of the country’s wetlands. “It a huge area … that’s often overlooked,” Al Awar told CNN.

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DEWA’s Jebel Ali desalination plant completes three million man-hours without LTI – United Arab Emirates

DEWA’s Jebel Ali desalination plant in JAPS, Dubai has announced the completion of three million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as construction passes the 70% completion mark.

The achievement reflects the shared commitment from DEWA, engineering firm ILF and the construction consortium formed by ACCIONA and ACCIONA , towards risk prevention and to Health and Safety measures for all workers on the project, a statement said.

It added that the milestone was achieved while strictly observing all the international and local protocols put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dewa desal plant work clocks 3m hours without LTI – United Arab Emirates

Dewa’s desalination plant in Jebel Ali Power Station (JAPS), Dubai, is celebrating three million man-hours without lost time injuries (LTIs) as construction passes the 70 per cent completion mark. 

This achievement reflects the shared commitment of Dewa, engineering firm ILF and the construction consortium formed by Acciona and Besix, to risk prevention and health and safety measures for all workers on the project.

This milestone has been attained while strictly observing all the international and local protocols put in place to mitigate the Covid-19 pandemic, said a statement.

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UAE- Sharjah facility to double wastewater treatment capacity by 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Emirates News Agency (WAM)) By Binsal Abdulkader   SHARJAH, 5th June, 2020 (WAM) — A company operating the strategic wastewater treatment assets in Sharjah is planning to double its treatment capacity by 2022, a senior executive told Emirates News Agency, WAM.

“Today, we are focusing on expanding our wastewater treatment capacity. We target to double it by 2022 in order to cope with the increased population in Sharjah,” said Gurvan Dersel, General Manager at Qatra Water Solutions.

Qatra is a Public-Private Partnership between the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, and BESIX, a company operating in infrastructure concessions and construction.

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SEWA examines 3,000 water samples over last 4 months – Dubai

SHARJAH, 22nd May, 2020 (WAM) — The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, SEWA, revealed that the increase in the number of water samples examined in the laboratory of water desalination plants was 3,000 from the beginning of the current year until the end of April 2020.

In the previous year, SEWA examined 8,420 water samples, intending to provide high-quality drinking water, in line with the standards of the World Health Organisation.

Eng. Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of SEWA, highlighted the fact that the Authority harnessed its technical and operational capabilities to provide high-quality drinking water.

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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.

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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.

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GCC leading the world in water desalination efforts – Asia

The GCC is leading the world in desalination with the UAE and Saudi Arabia being market leaders, according to data published ahead of the second edition of MENA Desalination Projects Conference which will take place on March 10, 11 in Abu Dhabi.

In Oman, desalination market has been expanding by 5 per cent per year. The country has a total of nine large desalination plants, plus 47 small plants all of which supply about 86 per cent of the country’s potable water.

GCC countries have the highest global water desalination capacity of 81 per cent, producing around 40 per cent of the total world water desalination. Saudi Arabia is responsible for about one-fifth of the global production and leads the world in the volume of desalinated water it produces which makes up 50 per cent of its water consumed. The country is the largest desalination market in the world producing around 4mn m3 of desalinated water per day, and approximately US$80bn is expected to be invested in new projects over the next 10 years.

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DEWA receives world’s lowest tariff of 0.306 USD for Hassyan desalination plant – UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) received with world’s lowest water levelised tariff of 0.306 USD per cubic metre for its 120 Million Gallons Per Day (MIGD) Hassyan Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Plant.

The project is DEWA’s first Independent Water Producer (IWP) model project.

DEWA has adopted the IWP procurement model for the Hassyan desalination plant following the success of the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park projects. The Project will be commissioned in August 2023. The plant will use the latest and most efficient and reliable technologies to support DEWA’s water network to ensure sustainable water supply.

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GCC Countries Leading the World in Desalination with Around 40% of Total – UAE

 The GCC is leading the world in desalination with the UAE and KSA being market leaders, according to data published ahead of the second edition of MENA Desalination Projects Conference taking place on 10-11 March 2020 at Jumeirah Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

GCC countries have the highest global water desalination capacity of 81%, producing around 40% of the total world water desalination.  KSA is responsible for about one-fifth of global production and leads the world in the volume of desalinated water it produces which makes up 50% of its water consumed.

The country is the largest desalination market in the world producing around 4 million cubic meters of desalinated water per day, and approximately $80 bn is expected to be invested in new projects over the next 10 years.

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