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Essel Projects to set up Rs 700-cr desalination plant in Gujarat – Gujarat – India

The Gujarat government on Saturday announced the setting up of State’s largest desalination plant at Jamnagar with daily capacity to treat 100 million litres per day (MLD) of sea water.

An agreement is signed between Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited and Essel Infraprojects Limited for the Rs 700-crore project to be developed under Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani termed it a historical development, which will make drought a matter of history for the State.

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Israeli tech can assuage India’s worst water crisis – India

NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank arm of Government of India, published a report titled, “Composite Water Management Index” on the current state of water usage patterns and availability in India.

The executive summary of the report starts by stating, “India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history and millions of lives and livelihoods are under threat”.

Despite the geographical heterogeneity across India, water scarcity is a recurring issue. The report notes that about 600 million Indians are living in extreme water stress and about 200,000 people are dying every year due to the lack of access to clean water.

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NLC India keen to take over IL&FS thermal power generation units – India

Economic Times NLC is likely to take over two thermal units with a total capacity of 1200MW belonging to the Centre-managed IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited situated in Cuddalore district.

The bail-out comes in the wake of IL&FS facing a financial crisis. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu power minister P Thangamani, energy secretary Md. Nasimuddin and Tangedco chairman Vikram Kapur called on coal minister Piyush Goyal and energy minister R K Singh in New Delhi on Thursday and raised the issue of NLC taking over the two units.

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MRPL reasserts its green credentials with Karnataka’s first desalination plant – Karnataka – India

Come March 2020, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) will reassert its green credentials by commissioning Karnataka’s first desalination plant.

Work on the Rs 600 crore 5MGD reverse osmosis plant has already begun on at Tannirbhavi hear here and will help the state’s only refinery reduce its fresh water intake to the bare minimum and for times when the Nethravathi is full and flowing to the brim.

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World’s first self-powered desalination plant by NIOT coming up in Lakshadweep – Chennai – India

Chennai-based National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) is setting up the world’s first self-powered desalination plant using the technology of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) in Kavaratti Island in Lakshadweep.

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan laid the foundation stone for the project on Monday. 

The OTEC is a method to generate power from the difference in temperatures between the surface and the deep sea. As we go deeper and deeper into the sea, the temperature becomes colder.

In tropical countries such as India, the temperature gradient is more or less constant through the year, thus ensuring constant power generation potential.

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Madras High Court puts on hold commissioning of desalination plant in Chennai; postpones hearing till 1 October – Chennai – India

The Madras High Court has restrained Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board from issuing work order to successful bidder of the contract for construction of third desalination plant at Nemmeli till further orders.

Justice V Bharathidasan gave the interim order on Tuesday on the petition by Suez International, a French company seeking to declare it as the only technically qualified bidder in the tender floated by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) for construction of the 150 MLD plant.

The petitioner also sought the court to restrain CMWSSB from opening the price bid till the disposal of the plea.

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100 MLD desalination plant to come up at Dahej – Dahej – India

A desalination plant will be commissioned to cater the growing water requirement in the Petroleum Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region (PCPIR) located at Dahej.

The plant will draw water from the Arabian Sea, desalinate and purify it to make it potable and suitable for industrial consumption.

Sources in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) said that the tender for setting up the plant will soon be floated.

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Why Goa needs desalination plants – Goa – India

An unprecedented water supply crisis is developing. The environment department needs to immediately begin work to identify 20 hectares plots one each in north and south Goa and call for global tenders to build two ultramodern mega desalination plants.

A provision of `1000 crores need to be made in the budget estimates, 2019-20 for two plants costing `500 crores each with capacity of 100 million liters per day (MLD) enough to augment and supply water to one million people.

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MRPL’s desalination plant likely to be ready by 2020 – Mangalore – India

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL), which is setting up a water desalination plant near New Mangalore Port in Mangaluru, is expecting it to be ready by 2020.

Speaking to presspersons here, M Venkatesh, Managing Director of the company, said that the desalination plant is under construction.

Initial stages of engineering and tendering activities are going on. He said that the project is on target as of now with mechanical completion by March 2020.

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Preparatory work on State’s first seawater desalination plant starts.-Mangalore

Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd., (MRPL), has begun preparatory work for the State’s first seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant on the 13 acres of land leased out by New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) here.

The Trust has provided land on the southern end of its property at Tannirbhavi to MRPL, along with an acre of seafront land on a 30-year lease.

The plant will initially produce 30 million litres per day (MLD) fresh water, expandable up to 70 MLD.

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