MRPL’s seawater desalination plant gets CRZ clearance – Mangaluru

The Expert Appraisal Committee for Projects related to Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has recommended CRZ clearance to the State’s first reverse osmosis-based seawater desalination plant proposed by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL).

Headed by Deepak Arun Apte, the committee in its 207th meeting on January 25 said that the clearance was subject to MRPL ensuring temporary structures installed for laying pipelines for the 70 million litre per day (MLD)-capacity plant are removed within one month of completing the work.


Desalination plants causing harm to environment: UN – New Delhi

The fast-rising number of desalination plants worldwide – now almost 16,000, with capacity concentrated in the Middle East and North Africa – quench a growing thirst for freshwater but create a salty dilemma as well – how to deal with all the chemical – laden leftover brine

In a UN – backed study made public on Monday, experts estimate the freshwater output capacity of desalination plants over 95 million cubic meters per day – comparable to 40 percent of the high season flow over Niagara Falls.


Recycling water Chennai’s only hope – Chennai

CHENNAI: Chennai’s water woes are legendary. That 2019 too marks another year of crisis is sadly little cause for surprise.

The Northeast Monsoon failed in 2018. There is only enough water in the city’s reservoirs to meet drinking water needs for the next five months.

With erratic rainfall patterns becoming the new normal and Chennai’s groundwater having been exploited to dangerous depths, is there a long-term solution to the almost perennial crisis?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.