DesalData Weekly - June 17, 2020

Posted 17 June, 2020 by Mandy


Artist’s rendering of a desalination plant proposed for Doheny Beach, California Credit: South Coast Water District.

SINGAPORE – Singaporean authorities recently announced that Hyflux and its directors are under investigation under suspicion of false and misleading statements, breaches of disclosure requirements and noncompliance with accounting standards. According to a statement by the Singapore Police Force, The Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, the investigation will assess whether lapses occurred in Hyflux’s disclosures concerning its Tuaspring desalination plant project, and whether the company...

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DesalData Weekly - June 10, 2020

Posted 10 June, 2020 by Mandy


The Sydney desalination plant, Australia Credit: Sydney Desalination plant.

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales government has decided to halt plans to expand the Sydney desalination plant. According to Government News the expansion plans have been paused while the government is considering their greater Sydney water policy, which will assess whether expanding the plant is the best option for Sydney. Last December, the government had asked the plant to prepare plans to see its capacity doubled.  The CEO of the Sydney desalination plant stated that detailed planning for the expansion had been put on hold by the...

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DesalData Weekly - June 3, 2020

Posted 03 June, 2020 by Mandy


The Sorek 1 desalination plant, Israel.  Credit: Isaac Harari/Flash90

ISRAEL – Israel’s IDE Technologies has won the PPP tender to build and operate the Sorek 2 desalination plant. A statement from the finance and energy ministries said that IDE technologies will build the Sorek 2 plant south of Tel Aviv, which by 2023 should be able to produce 547,945 m3/d. IDE has now won four of the five tenders to operate desalination plants in Israel. The bid proposed an extraordinary price of $0.413 per m3 water, $0.14 lower than the lowest price per m3 paid currently in Israel. The statement from the ministry of finance...

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DesalData Weekly - May 26, 2020

Posted 26 May, 2020 by Mandy

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The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park in Tamil Nadu, India.  Credit:

INDIA – The 60,000 m3/d SWRO plant at Kuthiraimozhi village in Ramanathapuram has been recommended for coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance. The Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board’s (TWAD) proposal was previously rejected by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry, owing to the location being within the eco-sensitive zone of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park.

The TWAD filed a modified proposal to the EAC for clearance in which the intake and brine disposal point was moved outside the eco-sensitive area. The...

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DesalData Weekly - May 20, 2020

Posted 20 May, 2020 by Mandy

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The Sorek desalination plant located in Tel Aviv was developed by Hutchison Water and IDE technologies.  Credit: Hutchison Water

ISRAEL – Israel will reassess the bid of the Hong Kong-based company CK Hutchison Holdings for the construction of one of the world’s largest desalination plants. Hutchison Water International, owned by CK Hutchison Holdings, and IDE Technologies are the two companies that have reached the final stage of the tender to build the Sorek B plant. US officials questioned the China-tied company’s offer and expressed concerns over Chinese influence in Israel’s infrastructure projects, warning they are a security risk and could jeopardize ties with...

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DesalData Weekly - May 13, 2020

Posted 13 May, 2020 by Mandy

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The Port of Corpus Christi in Texas, U.S.A.  Credit: Caller Times

LIBYA – The Tripolitanian Society announced that it is considering building a desalination plant in Tripoli. The project would be financed by businessmen from the city and private sector investors. The authority revealed on its Facebook page that the plans are the result of city outlaw groups repeatedly committing acts of vandalism on the city’s water system. The Society stated that the executive committee assigned to supervise the project has agreed to setup an advisory committee to embark on the implementation of the project. (The Libya...

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DesalData Weekly - May 6, 2020

Posted 06 May, 2020 by Mandy

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The Kay Bailey Hutchison desalination plant in El Paso, Texas.  Credit:

EGYPT – Construction of Metito and Orascom’s desalination project in El-Arich in North Sinai has started. A ceremony was held in the presence of local authorities including the governor of Sinai-North. The desalination plant will have a capacity of 100,000 m3/d and will be expanded to 300,000 m3/d with the construction of a new unit in a later phase of development. The project is being developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) and the first phase of development will cost $97 million. The water produced by the plant will be sold to...

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DesalData Weekly - April 29, 2020

Posted 29 April, 2020 by Mandy

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The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in California, U.S.A.  Credit: Edward Burtynsky

U.S.A. – A 10-person crew is in the midst of a 21 day shelter-in-place shift at the Claude Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant to ensure the plant continues normal operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

According to Poseidon Water, on March 19 a first crew of 10 “mission-critical employees” was stationed at the plant to self-quarantine on site for 21 days, working 12-hour shifts each day and sleeping in RVs in the plant’s parking lot. Separate trailers were brought in for each one of the workers and groceries were delivered every few...

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DesalData Weekly - April 22, 2020

Posted 22 April, 2020 by Mandy


Burani village residents in Kenya are using a solar-powered desalination WaterKiosk.  Credit: Boreal Light GmbH

PHILIPPINES – Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) expects several new desalination plants to be operational in 2021. MCWD’s chairperson stated that the plants are expected to be functional six months after starting construction and will be completed in two years. The plants will add a total of 150,000 m3/d to the districts water supply. One of the desalination plants would be located in Lapu-Lapu City and two plants will be built in Barangay Marigondon and Barangay Punta Engaño. A private firm, CitiCore Summa Water, will be responsible...

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DesalData Weekly - April 15, 2020

Posted 15 April, 2020 by Mandy


The Sydney Desalination Plant, Australia.  Credit: Sydney Water

AUSTRALIA – The Utilities Trust of Australia (UTA) and Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan Board raised their holdings in the Sydney Desalination Plant (SDP) to 40% and 60% respectively. The two organizations increased their ownership with their acquisition of The Infrastructure Fund’s (TIF) ownership stake in the plant. Financial details were not disclosed. (IPE Real Assets)


KENYA – Boreal Light, Atmosfair, WaterKiosk and Bilal Sustainable Development Programme are collaborating to build 40 solar powered 1,000 m3/d  desalination...

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DesalData Weekly - April 8, 2020

Posted 08 April, 2020 by Mandy

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Pumping plant of the Rio Colorado Tijuana Aqueduct, Mexico.  Credit:

MEXICO – Conagua, the Mexican water authority, will prioritize two of the 10 water infrastructure projects it announced in 2019 to improve supply regions with a history of water shortage.

Construction of a new desalination plant in Baja California State’s Playas de Rosarito municipality is expected to commence on March 23 and will be constructed in two stages. In 2016 the state government awarded the project in to the Aguas de Rosarito consortium, comprising Degrémont, NSC Agua and Nu Water. The first stage will consist of desalination...

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DesalData Weekly - April 1, 2020

Posted 01 April, 2020 by Mandy


The Escondida mine in Northern Chile is the world’s largest copper producer.  Credit:

INDIA – Water from the future 30,000 m3/d desalination plant in the Gir Somnath district of Gujarat will sell at the rate of $0.59 for the first two years. After the first two years, there will be an annual rise of 3% in the cost of water. A joint venture consisting of Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Private Limited and Aquatech System Asia Pvt. Ltd. will be constructing the plant in Vadodara Zala village of Surtrapada county of Gir Somnath district. (The Indian Express)


U.A.E.Veolia Water Technologies recently secured a contract...

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DesalData Weekly - March 25, 2020

Posted 25 March, 2020 by Mandy


The current Taweelah complex in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  Credit:

U.A.E. – The Taweelah Independent Water Project (IWP) secured the first-ever “sustainable loan” qualification for a water desalination project globally. The $758 million loan was closed in September 2019 with a contractual tenor of 32.4 years. According to a joint statement released by ACWA Power and Natixis,  – French rating firm Vigeo Eiris provided an independent second party opinion on the sustainability credentials of the project finance loan. Vigeo Eiris confirmed that the project is aligned with the Green Loan Principles and the...

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DesalData Weekly - March 18, 2020

Posted 18 March, 2020 by Mandy


The Illawara region in New South Wales, Australia.  Credit:

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales government is still considering the possibility of a desalination plant in the Illawara, despite heavy rainfall last month. In January a plan was suggested for the construction of a desalination plant in the Illawara, contingent on the drought continuing and if dam levels kept falling. The heavy rains in February and dam water levels rising left the future of the plant in limbo. However Water Minister Melinda Pavey revealed that the possibility of an Illawara plant is still on the agenda. WaterNSW is currently...

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DesalData Weekly - March 11, 2020

Posted 11 March, 2020 by Mandy


Part of a Gradient’s desalination system.  Credit: Gradient

SAUDI ARABIA – Gradient, in partnership with SAWACO, has successfully demonstrated its Counter Flow Reverse Osmosis (CFRO) technology, extracting 50% more fresh water from an existing seawater RO plant’s reject brine. The project has been in operation since November 2019 and has succeeded in meeting goals of water quality, cost and energy consumption.

The two companies are now scaling up the project to 5000 m3/d at the same site in Jeddah. The eventual CFRO capacity could potentially be expanded to a total of 15,000 m3/d. The CFRO process...

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DesalData Weekly - March 4, 2020

Posted 04 March, 2020 by Mandy


Hyflux HQ, Singapore.  Credit: Nuria Ling/TODAY

SINGAPOREHyflux received another two-month extension for its debt moratorium. The extension was granted by the Singapore High Court last week and means that the court-sanctioned moratorium will now end on April 30. This is the company’s ninth extension of its debt moratorium since applying for court protection in May 2018 to reorganize its business and liabilities.


Hyflux is in the process of concluding a $400 million restructuring deal with UAE utility firm Utico. The rescue plan needs to get the approval from a majority of the...

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DesalData Weekly - February 26, 2020

Posted 26 February, 2020 by Mandy


Computer generated model of the Agadir Desalination plant in Morocco.  Credit: LinkedIn/Salsal Mounir

MOROCCO – Work on the Agadir desalination project is 65% complete. This milestone was reached when King Mohammed VI of Morocco launched the construction of an irrigation system that will operate with water from the desalination plant. The facility is located in the locality of Douira, 40 km from the city of Agadir, and will have a capacity of 275,000 m3/d, which can be expanded to 450,000 m3/d. The project is being developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) by Abengoa. The total cost of the project is $461.84 million, financed by...

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DesalData Weekly - February 19, 2020

Posted 19 February, 2020 by Mandy


GivePower’s solar water farm in Kiunga, Kenya.  Credit: GivePower

U.S.A. – This quarter, GivePower is launching containerized, solar-powered desalination plants in Mombasa, Kenya and La Gonava, Haiti. GivePower, a non-profit organization founded by Tesla subsidiary SolarCity, previously built a solar-powered microgrid desalination plant in Kiunga, Kenya in 2018. Like the Kiunga plant, the new projects will utilize Tesla’s powerwall battery storage technology.

The new plants each will have a maximum production capacity of 75 m3/d and operate with a 50-kW solar system with 120 kW-hrs of Tesla batteries. The...

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DesalData Weekly - February 12, 2020

Posted 12 February, 2020 by Mandy

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The drought-affected Darling River, Near Bourke, in north-western New South Wales, Australia.  Credit:

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia has revealed that it will be using a new solar desalination technology at Neom, the mega-city under development on the country’s northern Red Sea coast. Neom will be home to the world’s first “solar dome” desalination plant, which is designed to be carbon neutral and to produce less brine than conventional reverse osmosis technologies.  Neom signed an agreement with U.K.-based Solar Water Plc to build the plants.

Construction will begin in February, and the facility is expected to be completed this year....

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DesalData Weekly - February 5, 2020

Posted 05 February, 2020 by Mandy

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The Kouris River Dam, Cyprus.  Credit:

ISRAEL – Last week, Israel’s tender committees for desalination and power plants released the pre-qualification forms for the construction and operation of a desalination plant in the Western Galilee and a large power plant near Dimona. The desalination facility will have a capacity of at least 273,972 m3/d. The solar power plant will be the country’s largest to date and construction of the 300 mega-watt solar farm is expected to begin next year and finish in 2023. The tender is expected to demand the use of battery-based energy storage...

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DesalData Weekly - January 19, 2020

Posted 19 January, 2020 by Mandy

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Construction of the desalination plant for the Spence mine in Antofagasta region, Chile.  Credit:

TUNISIAGroupe Chimique Tunisen (GCT) has selected eight companies from the first round of tenders for a desalination project in the Gabès area in the south-east of Tunisia. The names of the eight companies have not been disclosed but GCT has indicated that the selected companies are based in China, France, Spain and Switzerland. The final selection will be disclosed within a few weeks.


The winning company will be working within a public-private partnership (PPP) framework and will be in charge of designing, financing, building and...

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DesalData Weekly - January 2, 2020

Posted 02 January, 2020 by Mandy


Fresh water from the desalination plant is being distributed with a solar-powered motorbike.  Credit: Brian Otieno

KENYA – The nonprofit organization Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya has launched a solar powered desalination plant in the outskirts of Mombasa in Mtongwe area. The plant cost $88,609 and was realized with the support of Borea Light GmbH and the Irene and Friedrich Vorwerk Foundation. The facility will produce 20 m3/d and will supply potable water and drip irrigation to the communities around Mtongwe.

There are plans underway to connect some households to the fresh water so they can access the water from their homes through taps. In the meantime...

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DesalData Weekly - December 29, 2019

Posted 29 December, 2019 by Mandy


inge GmbH racks equipped with ultrafiltration modules.  Credit: ingewatertechnologie

SINGAPOREinge GmbH recently revealed the biggest contract signing in the firm’s history. The company signed a deal to deliver their ultrafiltration technology for the pretreatment stage of the Tuas South desalination plant in Singapore. inge will provide 68 trains of their proprietary T-Rack 3.0 UFunits equipped with over 7,000 dizzer XL type modules, that will replace old ultrafiltration membranes from a different manufacturer at the Tuas South plant.

The Tuas 3 desalination plant was already using inge’s products, with excellent membrane...

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DesalData Weekly - December 19, 2019

Posted 19 December, 2019 by Mandy

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Inside the Sorek A desalination plant, Israel.  Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90

ISRAEL – The Sorek A desalination plant has escaped criminal investigation, despite tricking the government over a period of 18 months that the water it produced met permitted levels of chloride.  As punishment, plant’s owners will have to supply the state with 30 million m3 of desalinated water without charge (equivalent in value to $17 million). A former chief scientist at the Environmental Protection Ministry suggested that the fine could have been nearly eight times higher, based on the plant’s contractual obligations to pay for...

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DesalData Weekly - December 15, 2019

Posted 15 December, 2019 by Mandy


Image of a Low-Temperature Thermal Desalination plant at Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, India.  Credit:

INDIA – The minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, informed parliament last month that the Ministry of Earth Sciences possesses three functional Low-Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) plants with a capacity of 100 m3/d. They are operating in Minicoy, Agatti and in the Union territory of Lakshadweep islands at Kavaratti.

An additional six LTTD plants based on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversation at Kavaratti have also been approved. The government has also green lighted a scaled-up experimental plant which...

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DesalData Weekly - December 12, 2019

Posted 12 December, 2019 by Mandy


The Milagro desalination plant in Mazarrón in the province of Murcia, Spain. Credit:

CHILECodelco has awarded the contract for the development, construction and operation of a desalination plant and its complementary infrastructure to a consortium led by Marubeni Corporation. The plant will supply water to the Chuquicamata with an initial capacity of 72,576 m3/d and can be expanded to 168,998 m3/d. The project also includes maritime works and a water supply system that will run over 160 km with pipes and electrical infrastructure to pump the water to above 3,000 meters high.

The Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOO) contract...

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DesalData Weekly - December 8, 2019

Posted 08 December, 2019 by Mandy

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The Soreq A desalination plant located 15 km south of Tel Aviv, Israel Credit: Hutchison Water

ISRAEL – In the near future, all of Israel’s tap water could come from desalination and nearly 100 percent of the country’s sewage could be recycled and reused. Israel’s Energy Minister Yuvail Steinitz revealed during a water technology conference last month that Israel is preparing for a future where the country can provide water for itself. 80 percent of Israel’s drinking water already comes from desalination, and 90 percent of its sewage is being treated, recycled and reused for farming or gardening.[1]


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DesalData Weekly - November 15, 2019

Posted 15 November, 2019 by Mandy


The WOG ITR Waste water reuse plant in Phuket, Thailand. Credit:

BRAZIL – A new resolution from the Collegiate Board at the Brazilian Public Health Agency (Anvisa), for the first time details the criteria for the bottling of desalinated water in the country. Resolution 316/2019 was published in the Official Gazette last month and divides bottled water in Brazil into four different types: natural mineral water, natural water, salt-added water and desalinated drinking water. In the past only freshwater sources were cleared for bottling.

The seawater for bottling must be registered with Anvisa and will be...

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DesalData Weekly - November 8, 2019

Posted 08 November, 2019 by Mandy


An artist’s impression of the West Basin Municipal Water District ocean water desalination plant proposed for El Segundo in California, U.S.A. Credit:

U.A.E. – Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) and Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power confirmed the successful financial closing of the Taweelah IWP, the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant. The new project will be located at the Taweelah power and water desalination complex in Abu Dhabi and is expected to be completed in 2022. It will produce 909,200 m3/d, meeting the water demands of 350,000 households and will cost $869 million. The plant’s production capacity will be 44 percent higher than the world’s current largest...

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DesalData Weekly - November 1, 2019

Posted 01 November, 2019 by Mandy


An artist’s rendering of a desalination plant proposed for Doheny beach in California, U.S.A. Credit: South Coast Water District

U.S.A. – The South Coast Water District is still pursuing the proposed Doheny desalination plant despite the project’s increased projected cost. The expected monthly bill increase for the average residential customer is now $10 rather than the $5-7 estimated in a 2017 report. The Doheny plant will have a production capacity of 18,927 m3/d. It will initially serve the 35,000 customers of the South Coast district but can be expanded if neighboring water districts decide to buy in. 

The project cost was originally estimated at $110 million,...

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