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IDE Technologies signs contract with Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire N.V. (WEB) and will provide state-of-the-art PROGREEN desalination plant – Israel

IDE Technologies, a world leader in desalination and water treatment solutions, today announced it has been awarded the contract to design and build an IDE PROGREEN™ Chemical-Free Desalination Plant on the island of Bonaire by Water- en Energiebedrijf Bonaire N.V. (WEB).

The project builds off the success of more than 30 years of business between the two companies, with the latest expansion in the partnership seeing IDE Technologies providing desalinated water via its chemical-free desalination technology.

The construction of the new reverse osmosis (RO) plant in Hato will bring Bonaire one step closer to producing all of its own drinking water. The new facility will produce up to 5,600 m3/d of drinking water with IDE’s proprietary RO process that operates without the use of chemicals.

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EMS Mekorot eyes global market for Israeli water expertise – Israel

Founded in 1937 prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, national water company Mekorot has played a critical role in developing and sustaining the Jewish state.

From transporting fresh water from the Sea of Galilee to isolated communities in the state’s early years, to pioneering desalination efforts and other water technologies, the government-owned company is recognized worldwide for its advanced capabilities.

EMS Mekorot Projects, a subsidiary established in 1961, has long-served as Mekorot’s executional and operational arm for a wide range of infrastructure projects. It has also become a world leader in remote water system control and command systems, as well as rain enhancement operations.

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International Desalination Association Partners with SWCC – Saudi Arabia

The International Desalination Association is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with the Saline Water Conversion Cooperation (SWCC) for the International Workshop on Innovations in Ocean Brine Mining for Rare Metals and Minerals, taking place April 8-9, 2020, in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Organized by the Desalination Technologies Research Institute of SWCC under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment, Water, and Agriculture of KSA, the workshop aims to provide a forum for expert scientists, applied researchers, practitioners, and innovators to share their latest technologies and experience of mineral and metal extraction.

The focus of presentations will be technologies and systems that are advanced to the point of proof-of-concept and beyond, with the potential to yield minerals and rare metals at a lower cost than that of earth mining and conventional methods of production.

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Iran Desalination Capacity to Reach Half Million cm/d

S ixty desalination plants produce 250,000 cubic meters of water per day in the coastal regions, namely Khuzestan, Hormozgan and Bushehr, deputy chief engineer with the National Water and Wastewater Engineering Company said.

“Twenty-five desalination facilities are under construction in Mazandaran, Sistan-Baluchestan, Semnan, Alborz, Isfahan, Kerman and Ilam provinces,” ISNA quoted Shahin Pakrouh as saying on Sunday.

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Funding secured for $800m Umm Al Quwain desalination plant

A consortium has achieved the financial closure for the largest desalination project in Umm Al Quwain.

The group consisting of ACWA Power and MDC Power Holding Company, along with the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) has funds in place for the 150 million imperial gallons per day (MIGD) Umm Al Quwain independent water project.

The $800 million project is mainly funded by a syndicate of seven international and local lenders who will provide $680 million senior debt.

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SWCC awards EPC contract for water network project in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for a water transmission pipeline project to Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanic Works Company.

State-owned SWCC is responsible for developing and operating power and desalination plants and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water, according to its website.

“The EPC contract for Water Transmission System Package B1 from Al Khobar to Dammam/Jamiah was awarded last week to Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanic Works Company,” a source close to the project said.

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Desalination plant achieves financial closure in UAE – UAE

The $800 million project is funded on a debt to equity ratio of up to 85/15. A syndicate of seven international and local lenders will provide the $680 million senior debt.

The Water Purchase Agreement with off-taker, FEWA, is signed for a 35-year term, and the plant is expected to be commercially operational by July 2022.

According to a company statement, the mandated lead entities including Korea Development Bank, MUFG Bank, Siemens Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Samba Financial Group helped structure the first IWP non-recourse project finance debt for FEWA on a 24.5-year door-to-door tenor.

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UAE company offers to establish $800mln desalination plants in Egypt – Egypt

The Egyptian government has received an offer from an UAE company to implement several desalination plants with investments of up to $800m.

The UAE company has submitted a bid to implement desalination plants in Egypt with a total capacity of 500,000 cubic metres per day, over several phases, Osama Hamdy, Deputy Minister of Housing for follow-up, projects, and utilities, told Daily News Egypt.

He added that a committee has been formed to study the offer. After completing the study, a memorandum will be presented to the Minister of Housing, and then to the cabinet for final decision.

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Metito’s policy on water reuse identified as ‘progressive and disruptive’ by global awarding body – United Arab Emirates

The International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress 2019, which recently took place during the celebration of Green Week, has recognised a number of outstanding global experts and companies in the desalination and water reuse industry. 

Metito, the global provider of smart water management solutions, was honoured with ‘Progressive Disruptive Policy in Water Reuse’ for its relentless development and continuous contribution to water policies in the region.

The award was given to the company that has been actively moving the needle in the public sector to support and grow water reuse implementation through ground-breaking projects and partnerships.

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Dewa issues RFP for Hassyan SWRO desalination plant – Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to nine qualified bidders for the development of the Hassyan sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) plant with a 120 million gallons per day (MIGD) capacity. 

This is the first water desalination project that Dewa has undertaken that uses the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model, said a statement from the Dubai utility. The project is expected to start operations in 2023, it added. 

For this SWRO project, Dewa said it had received a total of 34 requests for qualification (RFQs) till date. Subsequently, it evaluated them and shortlisted these nine pre-qualified bidders to submit their proposals. The last date for submitting the bids is January 31, 2020.

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