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EWEC, ACWA Power Sign Deal for Abu Dhabi Desalination Facility – UAE

The Emirates Water and Electricity Company and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power have signed the water purchase agreement for the world’s largest sea water reverse osmosis desalination plant to be constructed at Taweelah Power and Water Complex, 50 km north of Abu Dhabi, at a cost of up to $900 million.

The Taweelah IWP will be the first stand-alone independent water project in Abu Dhabi.

Emirates Water and Electricity Company had awarded the project to ACWA Power in January 2019.

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Acwa Power ‘key player in sustainable development of utilities’ – United Arab Emirates

Acwa Power, a global leader in water desalination and power generation, joined over 15,000 attendees and 66 ministers at this year’s World Energy Congress (WEC) in Abu Dhabi to highlight its position as a global total solution provider across the power and water sectors.

To share Acwa Power’s expertise with fellow industry leaders, Acwa Power Chairman Mohammad Abunayyan took part in a panel session titled “Financing Energy: Closing the clean energy investment gap”.

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Deal signed to build giant desalination plant in the UAE – United Arab Emirates

Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), on Wednesday said it has signed a water purchase agreement with Saudi-based ACWA Power.

The deal will enable the development of over 900,000 cubic metres per day desalination facility in Taweelah, sufficient to meet the demand of water for over 350,000 households.

Approximately 45km north of Abu Dhabi city, the project will use reverse osmosis technology to desalinate seawater and will be one of the largest plants in the world.

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Kuwait scientists receive desalination patent in the US – Kuwait

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) has received a patent for the construction of a desalination plant in the US, according to the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

In a statement, KISR said that affiliated scientists were able to reduce the hydraulic pressure needed for the desalination of seawater.

Using a trial and error process, scientists designed a desalination unit with a 30,000 litres-per-day capacity, producing 35 percent of fresh water output with 15 percent of atmospheric pressure.

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Sea Becomes More Appealing for Sustainable Water Supply in Iran – Iran

Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian says tapping into the sea to produce potable water is on the agenda because it is more feasible for sustainable supplies rather than depleting drying underground resources.

“Feasibility studies to build new desalination plants to provide drinking water in the southern regions is over and work will commence soon,” the minister was quoted as saying by the Energy Ministry news portal.

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Saudi Arabia launches $826m water projects – Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has launched water developments in Makkah and across other holy sites worth over $826.6 million.

Projects include setting up a pipeline for carrying desalinated water from the desalination plant in Al-Shuaibah to Makkah and the holy sites at a total cost exceeding $233m (SAR875m), and the second phase of Al-Shuaibah Desalination Plant with a capacity of 250,000 cubic meters per day at a cost of over $313m (SAR1.175bn).

Other water services projects include water networks, connections to homes, strategic reservoirs and sanitary drainage networks and connections at a cost of over $160m (SAR600m) in several districts of Makkah and the holy sites.

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Saudi Arabia issues request for proposals for Jubail Phase 3 IWPs – Saudi Arabia

Owned by the kingdom’s Ministry of Finance, Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has issued request for proposals (RFPs) for the development of the Jubail Phase 3 Independent Water Projects (IWP), including Jubail-3A and BB with 600,000m3 and 570,000m3 potable water capacity per day.

SWPC has called for RFPs from 10 pre-qualified bidders including individual companies and consortia.

The qualified bidders for the reverse osmosis desalination plant project include: International Company for Water and Power Projects (Acwa Power); a consortium of FCC Aqualia, Haji Abdullah Alireza & Co and Alfanar Co.; Cobra; Engine Middle East; Malakoff International; a consortium of Marubeni Corporation and Power and Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq); Mitsubishi Corporation; Suez Groupe; Veolia Middle East; and Utico.

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Oil built Saudi Arabia – will a lack of water destroy it? – Saudi

Bottles of water twirl on the conveyor belts of the Berain water factory in Riyadh, as a puddle of water collects on the concrete floor.

In a second warehouse, tanks emit a low hum as water brought in from precious underground aquifers passes through a six-stage purification process before bottling.

“In Saudi Arabia there are only two sources of water: the sea and deep wells,” says Ahmed Safar Al Asmari, who manages one of Berain’s two factories in Riyadh. “We’re in the central region, so there are only deep wells here.”

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Pics: Jagan visited H2ID Desalination facility in Israel – Israel

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy visited today the H2ID Desalination facility in Hadera, Israel.

The Deputy Chief of Indian Mission in Tel Aviv Sri Tshering accompanied him.

The plant authorities who called on the Chief Minister earlier gave him a brief presentation on the desalination mechanism and the economy/ costs associated with the project.

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1,000 protest a planned desalination plant in northern Israel – Israel

1,000 residents of Acre and the Mateh Asher regional council protested on Thursday against the decision to build a desalination plant in the area, according to Channel 13.

Heavy traffic was reported as protestors blocked the Lohamei HaGeta’ot junction.The protestors are fighting against the decision to build the desalination plant in the middle of agricultural land and near residential areas and housing for soldiers.

According to design principles, these types of plants are supposed to be built in industrial areas or in their own area.

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