Middle East

Three bids received for Israel’s sixth desalination plant – Israel

Three groups have submitted bids to the state for the construction of Israel’s sixth desalination plant in the Western Galilee, which will be able to desalinate 100 million cubic meters of water per year.

The Ministries of Finance and Energy and the Israel Water Authority announced that the bids were received from IDE, controlled by Amir Lang and Avshalom Felber, GES Group, controlled by Generation Capital together with Shapir Engineering and Industry (TASE: SPEN), and A4 Group.

The project will cost an estimated NIS 1 billion to build.


Egypt gets $18m Kuwait funding for two desalination plants – Egypt

Egypt has reached an agreement with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development for development of two desalination plants in the new cities of Rafah and Bir al Abed in North Sinai, said a report.

The loan agreement worth  KD5.5 million ($18.27 million) between Egypt and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has been approved by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, reported Egypt Today.

In April last year, North Sinai Governor Mohamed Shousha announced that construction of the largest desalination plant in Africa and the Middle East has started. 


Metito and Scatec consider clean energy desalination – Egypt

The real criticism of seawater desalination is its high energy consumption. Egypt wants to reduce the environmental impact of desalination by building new plants powered entirely by renewable energy.

This is the aim of recent discussions between Metito, Orascom Construction, the Norwegian independent power producer (IPP) Scatec and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

These discussions are also open to the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Planning and the Egyptian Sovereign Wealth Fund.


Egypt secures $486m to implement 17 Projects supporting food security – Egypt

Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation has reported that the ongoing funding by multilateral and bilateral development partners amounting to $486m has been channelled into 17 projects.

These projects are in 22 locations nationwide, and aim to support Egypt’s strategy in pushing towards achieving Goal 2 of the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to enhance food security.

According to the ministry’s ODA-SDG map, the development financing available to implement the second SDG encompasses $112m of non-refundable grants, and $374m of secured funding from 11 development partners. 


German researchers involved in seawater desalination project in the Persian Gulf – Middle East

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is involved in an international research project launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The aim of the project is to improve water security in the Middle East. Various cross-border research and development projects will be carried out – ranging from the use of innovative water technologies to efficient water sector management approaches.

The Mainz teams, led by Professor Sebastian Seiffert from JGU and Professor Michael Maskos, also from JGU and head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems IMM, will be participating in the BMBF project and collaborating with three partners from Iran and Iraq.


Metito completes the preliminary handover of the Port Said seawater desalination plant – Egypt

Metito, the leading global provider of water and alternative energy management solutions, announced the handover of the 150,000 cubic meters/day seawater desalination plant in East Port Said to serve nearly one million citizens.

The plant was developed by a consortium of Metito and Orascom at a total cost of US$ 130 mn.

The Port Said Seawater Desalination Plant is built on an area of ​​79,000 square meters, including an area designated for future expansions. The project site was carefully selected to be in proximity to East Port Said City, which is slated to be the top beneficiary of the water produced.


EGYPT: accelerating the deployment of desalination stations, for what costs? – Egypt

How to accelerate the deployment of seawater desalination plants in Egypt? The question was at the centre of discussions recently between several senior Egyptian government officials.

In addition to the reuse of treated wastewater for irrigation, Egypt is accelerating the deployment of seawater desalination plants in coastal governorates.

The aim is to find an alternative to the dwindling freshwater resources. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has asked his team to prioritise the installation of desalination component plants.


South Korean companies interested in investing in Egypt’s Suez Canal – Egypt

South Korean companies have expressed interest in cooperating with Egypt in areas such as investments in the Suez Canal, alongside operating ports, developing railways, smart city projects, water desalination and more.

This came during a meeting held by the Asian sector at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the South Korean Embassy in Cairo on Friday, which included representatives of various Egyptian ministries, including Transport, Housing, Irrigation, Health, and representatives of several South Korean companies investing in Egypt.


Egypt’s Countryside Company, Spanish Aqualia ink MoU for 1.5 mln feddan mega project – Egypt

The Egyptian Countryside Development Company and Aqualia Egypt singed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday that is targeting a joint cooperation between the two companies regarding establishing water desalination stations and applying smart irrigation systems in the 1.5 million feddan mega project.

The MoU was inked by Chairman of the Egyptian Countryside Development Company Amr Abdel-Wahab and Country Manager of Aqualia Egypt Ignacio De La Quintana.

According to the MoU, Aqualia will partner with the Egyptian Countryside Development Company in conducting initial research and visibility studies that include carrying out soil surveys and geo-rectified studies in the project’s location.


Metito lays out strategy to keep Middle East watered – Egypt

The Middle East’s water challenge is summed up in one stark statistic: The region is home to 6 percent of the world’s population but has just 1 percent of its fresh water.

Rami Ghandour, managing director of UAE-based water company Metito Utilities, knows these and similar figures by heart.

He can tell you how much of the population of Egypt inhabits water-intensive cities (97 percent) and how much water the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region consumes per capita compared to the US (significantly more).