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Egypt evaluating solar desalinators – Egypt

The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi energy company ACWA Power to conduct a feasibility study for an unspecified volume of renewables-powered desalination projects.

ACWA Power has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Egyptian government departments relating to the evaluation of a series of renewable energy-powered water desalination projects.

The agreement outlines plans for a preliminary study followed by an initial feasibility study for desalination projects at undisclosed locations in Egypt which would be powered by solar, wind or a combination of the two.

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East Port Said water desalination plant reaches 95% completion – Egypt

Construction of East Port Said water desalination plant has reached 95% completion, head of East Port Said City Authority Alaa Manei said.

The desalination plant will have a capacity of 150,000 cubic metres per day, with plans to be expanded in the future to a capacity of 250,000 cubic metres per day to serve about 500,000 people, he added in a statement on Tuesday.

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EBRD, Egypt discuss developing country’s water desalination sector – Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) discusses with the Egyptian government developing the country’s water desalination sector, said Heike Harmgart, Managing Director for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region at the Bank.

“We want to potentially prepare a number of desalination plants on a public–private partnership (PPP) basis in the same manner we prepared the 6th of October Dry Port Project which was recently awarded to a large private sector consortium,” Harmgart added.

Interestingly, EBRD’s interest in developing Egypt’s desalination sector is in line with the country’s efforts to face water shortage issues through alternative solutions due to the shaky outcomes of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations.

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Iranian Company Unveils Home-Grown Water Desalination System – Iran

A knowledge-based company in Iran has acquired the knowledge of producing new generation solar desalination systems.

Desalination is a process that removes minerals from saline water and results in freshwater that can be used for human drinking water, irrigation of farms and agricultural and industrial gardens.

Mohsen Nazari, Managing Director of “Arta Javid Asia” knowledge-based company, said that the company is active in the design and construction of advanced desalination systems as well as vacuum engineering that operates in the field of water and new technologies of thermal desalination.

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Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal’s invasive species – Egypt

As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish.

The canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But over the years, the invasive species have driven native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences, scientists say.

The influx has increased significantly since Egypt doubled its capacity in 2015 with the opening of the “The New Suez Canal,” raising alarm in Europe and sparking criticism from various countries along the Mediterranean basin.

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Egypt Sovereign Wealth Fund Signs MoU with Hassan Allam Holding Regarding Infrastructure – Egypt

The Egypt Sovereign Wealth Fund signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Hassan Allam Holding, an engineering and construction group. The MoU entails joint investment in areas such as power, water desalination, renewable energy, and infrastructure in Egypt.

Both parties will also work to find foreign co-investors to commit capital to these projects. Egypt has its own Vision 2030 plan which lies under the control of the country’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.

Hassan Allam Holding was formed in 1936 and is a major contractor in the Middle East with subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, and Algeria. Hassan Allam Holding earlier acquired PGESCo, an international engineering and project management that has a focus on energy projects.

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Desalination Has a Waste Problem – Africa

The waste product from desalination is growing too large to ignore, argues a paper from a United Nations think tank that provides the first estimate of global brine production from desalination.

Producing fresh water in the driest parts of the world by removing the salt from sea water is resulting in a deluge of brine, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

The amount of brine generated by the world’s nearly 16,000 desalination plants is 50 percent larger than earlier assumptions, according to researchers at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health.

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Egypt ranks Africa’s 1st country in water desalination – Egypt

Egypt ranks first in Africa and 11th in the world in terms of the scientific publishing in the water desalination field, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research said on Tuesday 31/12/2019.

In a statement, the ministry added that Egypt is Africa’s third country in researches published in the field of smart agriculture.

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The Middle East and Africa expects $133bn worth of water and sewage projects – Africa

The total pipeline of water and sewage construction projects coming across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is estimated at around $133.2 billion, with $19.1 billion spent this year and $30.8 billion in 2020, according to a report by Research and Markets.

The highest value of projects are at the execution stage with a total value of $58.8 billion, followed by projects in pre-execution with $40.3 billion, said Research and Markets in its “Project Insight – Water and Sewage Construction Projects: MEA” report.

There are projects worth $29.1 billion in the pre-planning stage, while those in the planning stage have a value of $4.9 billion, it added.

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Schneider Electric’s total investments in Egypt reach $200mln – Egypt

Schneider Electric’s total investments in Egypt would touch $200 million by end-2019, the company chairman said.

Jean-Pascal Tricoire told Thomson Reuters Projects that the company’s investments span a 10-year period.

“Egypt is our regional hub serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Africa regions. We have invested in resources to serve many sectors ranging from smart buildings and smart grids to desalination plants,” he said.

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