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Kuwait offers four desalination units to Iraq – Kuwait City- Kuwait

At the discretion of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the State of Kuwait on Monday sent four seawater desalination units to Iraq.

A technical team of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water delivered the units to officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources at the Kuwaiti-Iraqi border on Monday, the Kuwaiti ministry’s undersecretary Mohammad Bushehri said in a press statement.

The production capacity of the four seawater desalination units amounts to one million imperial gallons, he said.

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Jordan, US sign $166m grant agreements to improve water network.-Jordan

Jordan and the US on Wednesday signed two grant agreements worth $166 million to rehabilitate Amman’s second main water resource and install smart metres to slash water loss.

Minister of Water and Irrigation Munir Oweis and USAID Mission Director in Jordan Nancy Eslick signed the two agreements, which aim at implementing the goals of Jordan’s 2016-2025 national water strategy that seeks to generate additional water amounts.

Reduce Jordan’s water loss from the current 43 per cent to 25 per cent by the year 2025.

 

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Lanxess appoints new distributor in Turkey for Lewabrane membranes

Lanxess’s Liquid Purification Technologies (LPT) business unit has signed a distribution agreement with Turkey’s Burkut Inc covering the sale of Lewabrane membrane elements.

Burkut, founded in 1984, specialises in industrial process water treatment equipment and technical services.

 

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New water desalination projects on anvil: Diam

A string of new water desalination projects, currently under various stages of planning, tendering and development at key locations across the Sultanate, will help supplant older, less efficient projects nearing the end of their operational life, according to the Public Authority for Electricity and Water (Diam).

“Diam believes that desalination plants are the strategic choice for providing safe drinking water of high quality and efficiency due to the geographical location of the Sultanate and the scarcity of groundwater resources,” the state-owned utility said in a recent overview of its activities.

 

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Cyprus urgently needs solar desalination.-Cyprus

Another year, another drought, reservoirs less than a quarter full, water being rationed. This is not a one off. Due to climate change it is a process that has become quite frequent around the East Med and in Cyprus.

The recent climate change conference organised by the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia in May, concluded that without arresting climate change, the average temperature in the Eastern Mediterranean will rise steadily, and if the world carries on as usual it is expected to exceed 4°C by the end of the century.

Generally, the region is expected to have much drier, warmer conditions and prolonged periods of high temperatures and droughts, more frequent fires, as well as increased pollutants and dust in the atmosphere with negative impacts on air quality and health.

Does that sound familiar? It is in fact something we are experiencing already.

 

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Saudi Arabia’s solar panel market to grow at 30% with new projects.-Saudi

New projects such as $200-billion 200 GW solar power plant and the $130-million Al Khafji solar-powered water desalination plant would drive Saudi Arabia’s solar panel market to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 30.2 per cent during 2018-24, a report said.

Additionally, in the FY2019 national budget, the Saudi government has allocated $7 billion for the development of renewable energy projects, added the study titled “Saudi Arabia Solar Panel Market (2018-2024)” from 6Wresearch, a global market research and consulting firm.

 

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Kuwait invites bidders for PPP power and water plants.- Kuwait

Kuwait wants private sector firms to submit construction proposals for power and water desalination plants in a bid to reduce state costs and boost competition.

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) has invited local, national, and international companies to issue an expression of interest (EOI) for up to two water and power projects: Al-Khairan Phase 1 and Az-Zour North 2 and 3.

 

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Made-in-Vietnam desalination equipment shipped to Saudi Arabia- KSA

Doosan Heavy Industries Vietnam Co.’s (Doosan Vina) first batch of seawater desalination equipment left Dung Quat port for Saudi Arabia on July 19.

This is part of the 430 million USD Shoaiba-4 Seawater Reserve Osmosis (SWRO) desalination project, inked between Doosan Vina and Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Co. (SWCC). Under the deal, Doosan Vina and Doosan’s subsidiaries will produce some 1,727 tonnes of desalination equipment for the project.

The first batch with 566 tonnes of equipment is expected to dock at Saudi Arabia in the next three weeks. The following three shipments are scheduled for August, September, and December.

 

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Acciona wins $234m contract to build Saudi desal plant.

Acciona Agua, a leader in providing sustainable solutions for infrastructure and renewable energy projects, said it has been awarded a €200 million ($234 million) contract by Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a Saudi government corporation to build a desalination plant in Al Khobar region of the kingdom.

The facility is expected to be completed in two years and will have a capacity of 210,000 cu m per day, making it one of the largest in Saudi Arabia, said a statemenr from the Spanish group.

 

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Dubai begins testing turbines at 700MW M-Station in Jebel Ali.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said it has started testing the turbines at the M-Station expansion project in Jebel Ali, which is the newest and largest electricity generation and water desalination plant in the UAE.

Testing includes an initial operation of turbines and power generators and connecting them to the grid, said a statement from the Dubai utility.

These tests are essential to ensure the quality and reliability of the units while connected to the grid. Tests are scheduled to continue until the completion of the Dh1.47-billion ($400 million) expansion project in the fourth quarter of 2018, it stated.

 

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