Persian Gulf

New initiative to strengthen water desalination sector in Oman – Oman

France-headquartered resource management specialist, Veolia, has joined forces with Oman’s Sembcorp Salalah Power and Water Company, and Sohar Operation Services, to launch an apprenticeship initiative aimed at elevating the quality of talent entering Oman’s desalination sector.

The nine-month programme will include theoretical learning within a classroom environment as well as on-the-job training for Omani mechanical and electrical engineering graduates from the Sultan Qaboos University and the Salalah Technology College.

The apprenticeship programme is certified by the Ministry of Manpower in Oman and is based upon the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 4, which is UK’s work-based qualification that tests candidates on their knowledge and skills for technical and professional work-related activities.


MEDRC and USAID announces desalination innovation drive – Oman

In partnership with USAID, MEDRC has launched an international call for research proposals in a bid to spur innovation in small scale desalination technologies.

To engage the broadest possible community of researchers and innovators from across the world, MEDRC’s desalination innovation strategy has two approaches – an innovation inducement prize called the ‘Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge’ carrying a $700,000 cash prize, and the international research call announced today with support from USAID.

The Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge Prize is a joint initiative led by MEDRC and The Research Council (TRC) with funding provided by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science. The $700,000 USD cash prize will be awarded to the team or person that delivers a hand-held, low-cost, off-grid desalination device that can be rapidly deployed in the aftermath of a humanitarian crisis.


Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge 2020 kicks off – Oman

MUSCAT, FEB 23 – MEDRC announced on Sunday the opening of team registration for this year’s Oman Humanitarian Desalination Challenge Prize Competition.

The Competition is a global water prize that looks to award $700,000 to the person or team that can invent a small, cheap and easy to use desalination device that would enable people in emergency situations to single handedly purify salty or contaminated water to a safe drinking standard.

Today’s announcement comes after MEDRC has completed the screening process for all of the 2019 entries and officially declared that no winning device has been found.


Creating a Sustainable Future for Desalination – Persian Gulf

It is no secret that we live in a water scarce region. Confronted by limited freshwater resources and growing demand – increasing more than 60 percent by 2025, desalination ensures access to clean water across the Gulf.

Governments and companies are prioritizing water sustainability and overall efficiency to meet this rapidly increasing demand. As a result, seawater desalination capacity of GCC countries is expected to grow by at least 37% in the next five years with investments of up to as much as $100 billion by 2020, according to MENA Desalination Market.

Thermal techniques such as multi-stage flash (MSF) and multiple effect distillation (MED), both of which distill seawater using heat, have been the primary method for producing desalinated water in the region since the 1960s and have maintained their competitive edge for decades. However, reverse osmosis (RO) – a process that forces seawater through semi-permeable membranes to remove salt – has overtaken these methods to become the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for producing water in the Gulf.


Kuwait calls for updating water desalination tech in GCC states – Kuwait

A senior Kuwaiti official called on Tuesday for updating water desalination technology in the GCC countries amid ongoing dependence on the water to secure this vital living resource.

GCC states continue to count on desalinating the sea waters and this warrants continuous action for upgrading and nationalizing the desalination technology, in tandem with dedicating attention to scientific research for enhancing the production, trimming the costs and averting adverse impact on the environment, said Minister of Education Dr Hamed Al-Azmi.


Bahrain’s Al Dur Power & Water Company in $1.3bn refinancing – Bahrain

Al Dur Power & Water Company, one of the largest power generation and water desalination companies in Bahrain, has announced to close a US$1.3bn refinancing, replacing the one originally provided in 2009.

The new financing was provided by a syndicate of 20 banks including local, regional and international banks. The refinancing facilities extend up to 14 years and include US$450mn of conventional facilities and US$850mn of Islamic facilities.


Abu Dhabi studying tenders for developing Taweelah desalination plant – Abu Dhabi – UAE

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy said on Sunday it was studying tenders for developing the Taweelah desalination plant.

Seven offers were received and opened, the department said in a statement, adding that “it expects to register the lowest production cost of 8.26 dirhams ($2.25) per 1,000 gallons”.


Mubadala unit, Fewa to develop desal plants in N Emirates – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company said one of its entities, MDC Power Holding Company, has signed a joint development agreement with The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa) to co-develop seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants in the Northern Emirates.

The Fewa was established to cater the needs of the Northern Emirates population by providing world-class electricity and water services, improve the standards of living and achieve sustainable growth by 2021


Department of Environment opposes water transfer from Persian Gulf – Tehran – Iran – Persian Gulf

With regard to the environmental conditions of the Persian Gulf, the Department of Environment (DOE) has taken a firm stand against water transfer from this body of water, deputy environment chief, Masoud Tajrishi, has said.

Mahmoud Shayan, a board member of Bank Melli Iran has said that the project of water transfer from the Persian Gulf to central provinces will complete by next year, Mehr news agency reported on September 30.

Shayan explained that a consortium of nine Iranian banks have invested some $428 million in the project so that water of the Persian Gulf can be transferred to central provinces of Kerman, Yazd, and Isfahan through a pipeline.


Strategic blueprint to boost water security – Bahrain

A new plant and expansion of existing ones will bolster Bahrain’s capacity to cope with the ever-increasing demand for water, the Electricity and Water Authority said yesterday.

This is part of the authority’s strategic power and water masterplan to meet future needs, according to a statement.

Bahrain’s water production plants generate about 186 million gallons of desalinated water per day, it said.