Middle East

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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Egypt receives three international bids to implement joint water desalination projects – Egypt

The Egyptian government is considering three bids from international companies to implement joint water desalination projects with a total capacity of 300,000 cubic metres per day (scm/day).

Government sources told Daily News Egypt that the bids for the establishment of desalination plants vary in capacity between 100-150 scm/day per plant. The sources revealed that the companies will secure the required funding for the projects and sell the desalinated water to the government for 20 years.

Informed sources told Daily News Egypt that the bids received by the government set the price of desalinated water at EGP 10-15 per scm.

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South Korea ready to support Egypt’s desalination plans: ambassador – Egypt

South Korea plans to support Egypt’s plans to implement desalination projects, the Korean ambassador to Egypt, Yeocheol Yoon, told Daily News Egypt, asserting, “we hope that Egypt’s negotiations with Ethiopia about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will go well, yet water demand in Egypt is still high.”

Desalination is the way to go for Egypt, the ambassador noted, adding that Korean companies have a strong expertise in desalination.

Egypt is working very hard to face water shortage issues through alternative solutions,  President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on 13 October, asserting that Egypt is expanding the implementation of desalination projects with costs worth of EGP 200bn which will increase to EGP 300bn in 2020.

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UAE company offers to establish $800mln desalination plants in Egypt – Egypt

The Egyptian government has received an offer from an UAE company to implement several desalination plants with investments of up to $800m.

The UAE company has submitted a bid to implement desalination plants in Egypt with a total capacity of 500,000 cubic metres per day, over several phases, Osama Hamdy, Deputy Minister of Housing for follow-up, projects, and utilities, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that a committee has been formed to study the offer. After completing the study, a memorandum will be presented to the Minister of Housing, and then to the cabinet for final decision.

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