United Arab Emirates

UAE architects make cement out of salt – United Arab Emirates

A Dubai-based architect duo is looking to break from conventional building practices with an alternative cement conceived in the salt flats of the UAE and made using a problematic waste material.

Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, principal architects at waiwai, enlisted the scientific knowhow of universities in the UAE and Japan to create a cement made using brine generated by the UAE’s desalination plants, which remove salt from seawater.

They were inspired by the UAE’s mineral-rich sabkha — salt flats that are part of the country’s wetlands. “It a huge area … that’s often overlooked,” Al Awar told CNN.

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DEWA’s Jebel Ali desalination plant completes three million man-hours without LTI – United Arab Emirates

DEWA’s Jebel Ali desalination plant in JAPS, Dubai has announced the completion of three million man-hours without Lost Time Injury (LTI) as construction passes the 70% completion mark.

The achievement reflects the shared commitment from DEWA, engineering firm ILF and the construction consortium formed by ACCIONA and ACCIONA , towards risk prevention and to Health and Safety measures for all workers on the project, a statement said.

It added that the milestone was achieved while strictly observing all the international and local protocols put in place to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

UAE’s Qatra to double wastewater treatment capacity by 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Sharjah based Qatra Water Solutions has said that it is in the process of rapidly expanding its wastewater treatment capacity.

“We target to double it by 2022 in order to cope with the increased population in Sharjah,” said Gurvan Dersel, General Manager at Qatra Water Solutions.

Qatra is a Public-Private Partnership between the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, and BESIX, a company operating in infrastructure concessions and construction.

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Shurooq JV to complete new recycled water project in June – United Arab Emirates

Qatra Water Solutions, a leading company operating the strategic wastewater treatment assets in Sharjah, is set to complete work on its recycled water filling station located in the emirate’s Bridi area by month-end, said a top official.

Qatra is a joint venture between Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Besix, a major player in the infrastructure concessions and construction sector.

The new facility will be instrumental in supplying local farms with reliable and affordable water and to provide reused water to a park close to the facility.

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UAE- Sharjah facility to double wastewater treatment capacity by 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Emirates News Agency (WAM)) By Binsal Abdulkader   SHARJAH, 5th June, 2020 (WAM) — A company operating the strategic wastewater treatment assets in Sharjah is planning to double its treatment capacity by 2022, a senior executive told Emirates News Agency, WAM.

“Today, we are focusing on expanding our wastewater treatment capacity. We target to double it by 2022 in order to cope with the increased population in Sharjah,” said Gurvan Dersel, General Manager at Qatra Water Solutions.

Qatra is a Public-Private Partnership between the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, and BESIX, a company operating in infrastructure concessions and construction.

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SEWA examines 3,000 water samples over last 4 months – Dubai

SHARJAH, 22nd May, 2020 (WAM) — The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, SEWA, revealed that the increase in the number of water samples examined in the laboratory of water desalination plants was 3,000 from the beginning of the current year until the end of April 2020.

In the previous year, SEWA examined 8,420 water samples, intending to provide high-quality drinking water, in line with the standards of the World Health Organisation.

Eng. Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of SEWA, highlighted the fact that the Authority harnessed its technical and operational capabilities to provide high-quality drinking water.

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Abu Dhabi Department of Energy Issues 2019 Annual Technical Report – UAE

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has issued the 2019 Annual Technical Report for Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sectors in Abu Dhabi, as part of its role as the regulating body, in charge of driving improvement in the technical performance of the energy sector. The aim is to enable the sector to play its critical part in driving the energy transition with improved efficiency and security of supply, while contributing to socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The report features performance indicators for the water, electricity, and wastewater and recycled water, health, safety, and environment, exploring productivity rates and the developments that have transformed these sectors, as well as demand loads, transmission and distribution, and power grid performance in addition to identifying licensees in each sector.

The report has been developed based on the regulatory reports and documents submitted to DoE by the licensed companies operating in each sector across the emirate over the course of last year.

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SEWA chairman says emirate has developed a comprehensive plan to ensure provision and continuity of water supplies to residents – UAE

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure the provision and continuity of water supplies for the emirate’s residents, on par with the highest levels of availability, reliability and quality, the authority’s chairman has said.

In a statement released by SEWA, Dr Rashid Alleem said that Sharjah’s water networks extend for more than 3,500km and that production reaches 110 million gallons per day across the emirate, including 90 million gallons during the day.

“The authority is making great efforts to produce and desalinate water and distribute it to subscribers, as well as to educate them about the importance of water conservation and optimal use, as well as about remaining at home, except in cases of emergencies, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus,” stated Dr Alleem.

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Dubai’s DEWA applies precautionary measures as it continues to deliver services – UAE

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has undertaken a set of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its customers and staff.

This is in line with Dubai Government’s efforts to provide the highest level of protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). DEWA has ensured the continuity of its delivery of electricity and water services, according to the highest standards of availability, reliability, and efficiency.

DEWA’s staff have undergone training programmes to use technological tools and channels in its state-of-the-art digital infrastructure over the last few years.

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Dh3.4m prize offered to improve water desalination – UAE

Entrepreneurs are being offered Dh3.4 million in prize money to help reduce the amount of brine produced at desalination plants.

The UAE government has combined with the private sector to launch Rethink Brine in an effort to solve the issue.

Officials hope the challenge will encourage more researchers and scientists to develop new ways to tackle the problem.

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