Persian Gulf

Qatar seeks fresh bids for Facility E IWPP water and power project – Qatar

Bidding groups for Qatar’s planned Facility E independent water and power project (IWPP) have been asked by Kahramaa, the Qatari state utility to submit alternative prices by February 28 for a larger capacity power generation component.

Earlier last year, media reports said that bids had been received by Kahramaa from three groups for the Facility E IWPP project, with Japanese firms dominating the bid list.

The three bidders submitted final clarifications for original bids in November and have been invited to submit alternative proposals by February 28 for an IWPP with a power generation capacity of 2,600mW as opposed to the 2,300mW plant planned in the original tender.

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$160m Salalah water project set for commercial operation – Oman

The developers of the first Independent Water Project (IWP) in Dhofar Governorate are preparing to shortly bring the desalination scheme into full commercial operation — a $160 million investment that will support the escalating potable water requirements of Salalah City and its environs.

Dhofar Desalination Company SAOC, led by Riyadh-headquartered ACWA Power — one of the largest players in Oman — is developing the 113,650 cubic metres/day (25 million imperial galls per day — MIGD) capacity plant near Mirbat outside Salalah.

Environmental engineering and water services firm Veolia Middle East, as well as Dhofar International Development & Investment Holding Co SAOG (DIDIC), are also shareholders in the project company.

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Israel’s Mekorot to sign Bahrain desalination deal – Bahrain

In the coming few days, Israel’s Mekorot National Water Company will sign a first deal to provide Bahrain with desalination technology for brackish water.

The agreement will be signed with Bahrain’s Water and Electricity Authority following talks with Mekorot CEO Eli Cohen and chairperson Mordechai Mordechai.

Mekorot believes that the deal will be the first of many deals with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) worth millions of dollars annually.

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Persian Gulf water transfer project inaugurated – Tehran

These shortages caused many rivers and wetlands in these areas to dry up continuously and consequently, some agricultural plains are not cultivated anymore.

This has created significant problems for the rural population in these regions whose main source of income is farming and it is also threatening the country’s food security.

The agriculture sector is not the only area that is affected by the water problems in the mentioned regions since most of the cities located in the said areas like Isfahan and Yazd are industrial centers and water shortage is severely impacting the production efficiency of the industrial units in the mentioned cities.

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Kuwait PPP developer recommends cash dividends of 25 fils – Kuwait

Shamal Az-Zour Al-Oula Power and Water Company, the first power generation and water desalination company and the first Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project to be listed in Kuwait, said its board of directors has recommended a cash dividend payout of 25 fils per share.

This will be the company’s first dividend and relates to the retained earnings for the period from 2017 to 2019 and is subject to lenders’ approval, said the statement from the Kuwait group. 

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Qatar’s Industrial Production Index increases 6% in May – Qatar

The monthly Industrial Production Index (IPI) of Qatar for May 2020 reached 104.2 points, an increase by 6.0% compared to the previous month, and decrease by 2.0% when compared to the corresponding month of 2019.

Issued by the Planning and Statistics Authority, this index details the growth of various industrial sectors in economy such as mining, manufacturing, electricity production, and water production and desalination.

The Industrial Production Index consists of three main components: ‘Mining’, with a relative importance of 83.6%, ‘Manufacturing’ with a relative importance of 15.2%, ‘Electricity’ with a relative importance of 0.7%, and finally ‘Water’ with a relative importance of 0.5%.

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Iran to Run Desalination Plants in 17 Provinces – Iran

In remarks on Tuesday, Ardakanian said his ministry has devised serious plans to carry out seawater desalination projects in 17 provinces.

He noted that feasibility studies have begun to launch desalination facilities at a distance of 100 kilometers from the sea.

Pointing to the growing progress in the seawater desalination facility technology in the world, the minister said advanced technology would reduce the cost of saltwater desalination.

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Assets of Oman’s Tanweer surge 26pc to RO 533m in 2019 – Oman

The Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tamweer), a subsidiary of The Electricity Holding Company (Nama Group), has reported an impressive 26 percent growth in the value of its nationwide assets, which rose to RO 533 million at the end of 2019, up from RO 422 million a year earlier.

It underscores wholly-government-owned Tanweer’s increasingly important role as the sole provider of electricity and potable water to vast swathes of the Sultanate that lie far beyond the coverage of the nation’s main power and water grids.

Included in the company’s jurisdiction are the governorates of Musandam and Al Wusta, parts of Al Dakhiliyah and South Al Sharqiyah, and much of Dhofar – aggregating around 73 per cent of the land area of the country.

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SEA, UoB discuss use of renewable energy in water desalination – Bahrain

Manama, May 10 (BNA): President of the Sustainable Energy Authority (SEA), Dr. Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza, held a virtual meeting with the University of Bahrain (UoB).

The remote video meeting, in which Dr. Waheeb Al-Nasser, Dr. Hanan Al-Buflasa, Dr. Mohammed Ridha, Dr. Muammar Talib and Dr. Nour Al-Din Mansour and a number of SEA officials participated, followed up on the developments of the joint SEA- UoB research cooperation agreement on the use of renewable energy in water desalination.

Dr. Mirza said that the meeting aimed to support the efforts and goals of the Water Resources Council, led by Deputy Premier, Shaikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, to ensure the sustainability of water resources in the kingdom.

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Veolia Oman mobilises to maintain water, waste services – Oman

Since the beginning of the crisis, global water solutions specialist Veolia has put in place business continuity plans specific to each country that focus primarily on producing and supplying drinking water and treating wastewater, preserving waste collection operation, safeguarding energy management activities in cooling networks, performing industrial on-site services to ensure industrial continue to operate and upholding its activities processing hazardous waste, which is vital to maintaining key industrial operations.

In Oman, the men and women of Veolia who are highly experienced in managing crisis, draw on the Group’s solid organisation and tried and tested methods to carry out duties, even in the most difficult and critical conditions.

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