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Iran, China sign deal to construct desalination facility – Ilam – Iran

The Industrial Development & Renovation Organization of Iran (IDRO Group) and China’s ZSM signed an agreement whereby the Chinese firm will set up a water treatment facility in Iran’s western province of Ilam.

The deal was signed on Thursday during a ceremony in Tehran attended by Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Business Mohammad Shariatmadari, IRIB news agency reported on October 18.


Six arrested in illegal well drilling case in west Amman – Amman – Jordan

Authorities arrested on Wednesday six people for allegedly drilling an illegal well in Wadi Al Sir district in west Amman, according to an official at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

The ministry received information from an area resident about suspected drilling of a well in Wadi Al Sir, according to the official, who noted that, after verifying the reports, a ministerial team escorted with a security force raided the location.


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.


OOC, Gulf Energy Development Public Company to work on gas and water project in Duqm – Duqm – Oman

Oman Oil Company (OOC) has secured a partnership agreement with Gulf Energy Development Public Company to develop a gas-fired power and water project at the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Duqm.

The proposed Duqm independent water and power project (IWPP) will have a power generation capacity of 326MW and a desalination capacity of 8 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD).

The project will require a total investment of $483mn, reported MEED.


Basra governor wants oil firms to build water plants – Barsa – Iraq

The governor of the Iraq’s Basra province has said major oil companies must set up water desalination plants for residents if they want to continue operating there.

The oil-rich province last week saw a surge in illnesses blamed on a lack of safe drinking water, which residents and local politicians say is part of a breakdown in public services caused by corruption and years of neglect by the government in Baghdad.


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.


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.



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.



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.



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.