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Israel launches tenders for desalination, solar power plants – Israel

The inter-ministerial tenders committees for seawater desalination and solar power plants invited companies to declare their interest in establishing a new desalination facility in the Western Galilee and a large power plant near Dimona on Wednesday.

The publication of pre-qualification tender forms for the construction and operation of the desalination plant, located north of Acre, follows the government’s approval of a strategic plan in June 2018 to cope with the impact of long-term drought.

The plant will be capable of producing at least 100 million cubic meters per year (mcmy) of drinking water.Once construction of the new facility is complete, seven desalination plants across Israel are expected to provide approximately 85% to 90% of national household and municipal potable water needs.

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Iranian Company Unveils Home-Grown Water Desalination System – Iran

A knowledge-based company in Iran has acquired the knowledge of producing new generation solar desalination systems.

Desalination is a process that removes minerals from saline water and results in freshwater that can be used for human drinking water, irrigation of farms and agricultural and industrial gardens.

Mohsen Nazari, Managing Director of “Arta Javid Asia” knowledge-based company, said that the company is active in the design and construction of advanced desalination systems as well as vacuum engineering that operates in the field of water and new technologies of thermal desalination.

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Dubai adds innovation to destination status – UAE

Over the years, Dubai’s rapid transformation has put it at the forefront of key sectors of the global economy. A strong focus on innovation is now further boosting the city’s economic diversification and in turn enhancing Dubai’s status as an international meetings hub.

Taking its lead from the UAE National Strategy for Advanced Innovation, Dubai is today building a reputation for its knowledge base and the visionary strategies of its leaders, put in place to accelerate innovation across key sectors, including renewable energy, transport, education, health, technology, water and space.

Dubai has been consistently ranked the “Most Innovative City” in the region and the highest-ranking city for deployment of smart city apps — with the highest awareness, usage and satisfaction among its residents. This rapid evolution of innovation and digital transformation has made its way into the city’s infrastructure, bolstering not only the aforementioned verticals, but playing a major role in the business events sector, enhancing the delegate experience and creating lasting legacies.

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Creating a Sustainable Future for Desalination – Persian Gulf

It is no secret that we live in a water scarce region. Confronted by limited freshwater resources and growing demand – increasing more than 60 percent by 2025, desalination ensures access to clean water across the Gulf.

Governments and companies are prioritizing water sustainability and overall efficiency to meet this rapidly increasing demand. As a result, seawater desalination capacity of GCC countries is expected to grow by at least 37% in the next five years with investments of up to as much as $100 billion by 2020, according to MENA Desalination Market.

Thermal techniques such as multi-stage flash (MSF) and multiple effect distillation (MED), both of which distill seawater using heat, have been the primary method for producing desalinated water in the region since the 1960s and have maintained their competitive edge for decades. However, reverse osmosis (RO) – a process that forces seawater through semi-permeable membranes to remove salt – has overtaken these methods to become the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for producing water in the Gulf.

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Acwa Power, Sabic partner to boost local energy content – Saudi Arabia

Acwa Power, a leader in power generation and water desalination projects, has signed with an agreement with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) for pursuing opportunities to enhance local content in Saudi Arabia.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Thamer Al Sharhan, managing director at Acwa Power and Fuad Mosa, VP of Local Content & Business Development at Sabic.

The partnership is in alignment with Acwa Power’s commitment to play a leading role in developing and promoting local content and establishing end-to-end Saudi value chain for all its activities and projects in the Kingdom.

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Bahri signs SR760m deal for transport of desalinated water – Saudi Arabia

Bahri, a Saudi provider of logistics and transportation, signed a 20-year agreement, valued at SR760 million ($202.6 million), with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), a Saudi government corporation responsible for the desalination of seawater, producing electric power, and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water, to transport desalinated water from floating stations to desalination tanks.

The agreement includes establishing three floating stations to desalinate water and for the transfer of desalinated water from the stations to desalination tanks. Each station will have a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters per day with a total capacity of 150,000 cubic meters a day. The project will be operational for 20 years, starting from the date of commercial operation, which is expected to be in the fourth quarter of 2020.

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Saudi Arabia Inks Deal to Set Up Floating Desalination Plants – Saudi Arabia

A 20-year strategic agreement, valued at SAR760 million ($202 million) was signed on Sunday between the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation.

The SWCC is a Saudi Government Corporation responsible for the desalinating seawater, producing electric power and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water to transport desalinated water from the floating stations to desalination tanks.

The agreement includes establishing three floating stations to desalinate water and transfer the desalinated water from the stations to desalination tanks.

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Saudi Arabia Signs Deal to Establish Floating Desalination Plants – Saudi Arabia

A 20-year strategic agreement, valued at SAR760 million ($202 million) was signed on Sunday between the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation.

The SWCC is a Saudi Government Corporation responsible for the desalinating seawater, producing electric power and supplying various regions in the Kingdom with desalinated water to transport desalinated water from the floating stations to desalination tanks.

The agreement includes establishing three floating stations to desalinate water and transfer the desalinated water from the stations to desalination tanks.

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GE secures grid substation deal for Saudi desalination plant – Saudi Arabia

GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business secured a contract by ACCIONA to supply designing, manufacturing, construction and commissioning solutions in Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia, it said in a statement.

The desalination plant, which will provide fresh water for over 1.8 million people, is expected to be completed in 2021.

Through this deal, GE will provide a 380/132 kilovolt (kV) GIS substation, including power transformers, grid automation and telecommunication systems that will complete the electricity connection in the Shuqaiq area, providing power to the new desalination plant loads.

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Israel is hoarding the Jordan River – The Palestinians and Jordan Need their Share – Israel

Two areas farmed by Israelis for more than 50 years have recently been returned to neighbouring Jordan. The first, al Ghamr (known in Israel as Zofar), is located south of the Dead Sea in the Naqab/Negev desert.

The second, al Baqura (Naharayim) is found at the fertile point where a major tributary joins the Jordan River.

The association with water bodies is no coincidence: neither land would have been occupied in the first place were it not for the water that the Israeli army and kibbutzim required to sustain the farms.

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