Persian Gulf

Construction on nuclear plants to be sped up – Iran

Iran is going to ramp-up construction work on two of its new nuclear power projects in Bushehr.

Ali Akbar Salehi, Vice President of Iran and head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said that construction of two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr will be sped up.

The Iranian Central Bank is going to allocate the first installment of the budget in two weeks, he added.

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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.

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Iran’s Biggest Problem Is Water – Iran

Iran is parched. Indeed, this year is expected to be among the driest in the last 50 years. Of the country’s 85 million people, some 28 million people live in water-stressed areas, mostly in the central and southern regions.

Water scarcity is hitting all segments of society, from urban households to rural farming communities.

Iran isn’t alone in its plight. Of the 17 most water-stressed states in the world, 12 are in the Middle East and North Africa, which includes all the littoral states of the Persian Gulf.

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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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