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Saudi Arabia, US sign landmark MoU in desalination research and technology – Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture signed a deal on Monday to cooperate with the US Department of Energy in the field of desalination science and technology.

The departments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for longterm cooperation in the development of desalination industry and the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the field.

The five-year agreement was signed virtually by Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Abdulkareem, Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, and Daniel R. Simmons, Assistant Secretary of Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy.

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SWPC invites EoIs for new SWRO desalination plant in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) plans to develop a new independent desalination plant based on seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology.

It has now invited expressions of interest (EoIs) for the project, associated infrastructure and facilities.

The project’s commercial operation date has been set as 2022, while the utility firm has set a deadline of November 5 for the EoIs.

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Inside the world’s biggest water desalination plants in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

The world’ s largest producer of desalinated water, Saudi Arabia also makes the most amount of waste from this energy intensive industry; but local researchers are trying to change that.

Ahmed al-Amoudi, head of a government-run desalination research institute, sees a future where industrially useful minerals such as sodium chloride salt, magnesium and calcium are extracted from the seawater alongside clean water, and no highly-salty wastewater – known as brine – flows back into the sea.

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SWCC completes seven small-to-medium-sized desalination plants in KSA – Saudi Arabia

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has completed work on seven small, and medium-sized desalination plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, that have a total production and supply capacity of 304,350cu m per day.

According to a report by Arab News, which citied a senior official as saying that the SWCC achieved the construction target despite the ongoing pandemic.

This was due to the use of innovative solutions and new technologies developed in line with international standards, the report added.

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SWCC completes work on 7 desal plants in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has completed the work on seven small and medium-sized desalination plants that have a total production and supply capacity of 304,350 cu m per day, said a report. 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the SWCC achieved the construction target with its innovative solutions and new technologies developed in line with international standards, reported Arab News, citing a senior official. 

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Saudi Arabia’s SWCC completes construction of 7 desalination plants – Saudi Arabia

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the SWCC successfully managed to complete the projects with production and supply capacity of 304,350 cubic meters per daily.

SWCC Gov. Abdullah Al-Abdul Kareem said the corporation has successfully completed work on small and medium-sized plants that consume less energy and are more reliable.

The Shuqaiq Desalination Plant has begun operations with a production capacity of 42,500 cubic meters, he said.x

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Kurita and AquaChemie DMCC set up joint venture for GCC water and process treatment sector – UAE

Japanese multinational, Kurita Water Industries, and UAE-based AquaChemie DMCC have signed an agreement to set up a joint venture for water and process treatment chemicals solutions for the refinery, petrochemicals, fertiliser, power and desalination, paper and metal industries in the GCC.

The joint venture company, set up through Kurita’s subsidiary, Kurita Europe GmbH, will leverage both companies’ complementary strengths to be “the single face for customers in the wider GCC region and offer solutions based on technologically innovative Japanese programmes, fully backed by local production, resources, and prompt customer service”, said a statement from Kurita.

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Iran, Qatar discuss joining power grids through sea – Qatar

During the online meeting, the two sides also discussed a regional initiative for developing cooperation in the field of unconventional water resources, including seawater desalination and the use of treated wastewater.

As reported, the mentioned issue had been discussed and approved at a recent meeting of the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management (RCUWM) hosted by Tehran.

In this regard, Al-Kaabi announced his country’s readiness for participating in this initiative and suggested that regular meetings would be held in the region’s countries so that experts could exchange information on the related projects.

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KSrelief Inaugurates Two Desalination Plants in Yemen’s Hajjah – Yemen

King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) inaugurated in Yemen’s Hajjah two desalination plants within the activities of the water supply and environmental sanitation project.

The a project was implemented in cooperation with Taiba Foundation for Development.

The governor of Hajjah, Major General Abdul Karim Al-Senani, said this inauguration will alleviate the suffering of the beneficiaries and protect them from diseases and epidemics resulting from contaminated water.

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Israel expects $500m in deals with Bahrain and UAE – Israel

Israel expects to seal deals worth about $500m after Tuesday’s historic agreements to normalise ties with the UAE and Bahrain come into force.

Ofir Akunis, Israel’s minister of regional co-operation, said the accords would expand into bilateral trade and investments reaching “billions of dollars for each side”.

The Jewish state will offer its expertise in water desalination and agricultural technology as the most promising sectors for co-operation with its new business partners in the Gulf.

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