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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DesalData Weekly - October 14th, 2019

Posted 14 October, 2019 by Mandy

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

ISRAEL – 4A Desalination Group has petitioned the Jerusalem District Court to disqualify IDE Technologies and Hutchison Water from the tender for construction of the Sorek B desalination plant. The petition alleges that disqualification is necessary after the investigative committee of the Ministry of Energy found that Sorek A desalination plant operation was tainted with planned and systematic fraud. IDE and Hutchison are part owners of the Sorek A plant and the aforementioned bidders cited their experience in operating the Sorek A plant as...

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DesalData Weekly - October 4, 2019

Posted 04 October, 2019 by Mandy

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The Sydney Desalination plant located in Southern Sydney, Australia Credit:

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales (NSW) government has decided to double the capacity of the Sydney Desalination Plant as the city’s reservoir levels approach its lower limit. A NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment official revealed that the government has decided to begin planning for the plant’s expansion.

There will also be other schemes in Sydney, as well as Hunter and other parts of NSW, according to the official. Sydney’s desalination plant is currently producing 250,000 m3/d—15% of Sydney’s water supply. The plan is to...

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DesalData Weekly - September 20th, 2019

Posted 20 September, 2019 by Mandy

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The Taweelah A2 desalination plant, located at the Taweelah site where Abu Dhabi’s record breaking Taweelah IWP will be constructed. Credit:

U.A.E. – Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) signed an $890 million deal with ACWA Power to build a reverse osmosis desalination plant at Taweelah with a capacity of 900,000 m3/d. According to Ewec the plant will be one of the largest energy efficient plants in the world. It will be developed on a build, own and operate basis and constructed by a joint venture of ABENGOA and PowerChina.

ACWA Power has a 40 percent stake in the company that will run the facility, Independent Water Producers. The remaining stakes are owned by Mubadala...

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DesalData Weekly - September 17th, 2019

Posted 17 September, 2019 by Mandy

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 Skyline of the city of Corpus Christi in Texas, U.S.A. Credit:

U.S.A. – The Corpus Christi City Council has approved a plan to assess the city’s need for an alternative water supply. The plan includes a proposal for the construction of a desalination plant. If everything goes according to schedule, the plant could be operational by the end of 2022, and located along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel or in San Patricio County’s La Quinta corridor.

Before construction can be initiated, the city first needs to receive permits for water rights and discharge from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality....

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Desaldata Weekly - September 13, 2019

Posted 13 September, 2019 by Mandy

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The Sorek desalination plant, 15 km south of Tel Aviv, Israel Credit:

ISRAEL – Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has revealed that findings of irregularities at the Sorek desalination plant (one of the largest in world) will be investigated by the police. A committee tasked with investigating water quality irregularities at the plant found systematic and continuous violations of chloride concentration limits in the water over a period of more than two years.

The investigation revealed that chloride concentration exceeded limits by 20% and on certain occasions the concentration was four times higher than maximum...

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DesalData Weekly - September 1, 2019

Posted 01 September, 2019 by Mandy

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The Sydney Desalination plant at Kurnell in Sydney, Australia Credit:

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales government has initiated preliminary planning to increase the output of the Sydney Desalination Plant to safeguard the city’s water supplies as reservoir levels continue to fall. The desalination plant, located at Kurnell, has been operational since January this year, and reached full production two months ahead of schedule at the end of July.

The plant is now producing 250,000 m3/d, roughly 15 percent of Sydney’s water supply. Undertaking the planning work allows the city to act immediately to increase water...

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DesalData Weekly - August 22nd, 2019

Posted 22 August, 2019 by Mandy

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The existing reverse osmosis desalination plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. Credit:


SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) has released a request to qualified bidders for proposals (RFPs) for the development of a desalination plant in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The plant will be located on the Arabian Gulf coast, 18 kilometers south of Jubail Industrial City and next to the existing desaliantion units at the site (Jubail Phase 1&2 and RO plants).

SWPC initially invited expressions of interest for an integrated power and water desalination plant with a capacity of 1.17 million m3/d....

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DesalData Weekly - August 21st, 2019

Posted 21 August, 2019 by Mandy

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Al-Arish, a city in northeastern Egypt with 140,000 inhabitants. Egypt Credit:

EGYPT –  Metito recently commenced the construction of a desalination plant in Al-Arish, a city in the North Sinai Governorate. The project is being developed as part of public-private partnership (PPP). According to Metito the plant will have a capacity of 100,000 m3/d and will be able to supply 750,000 people in Upper Egypt. The plant is being built in partnership with Orascom Construction. The cost of the project is estimated at $96 million, and the plant is expected to be operational by 2021.[1]  


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DesalData Weekly - August 2, 2019

Posted 02 August, 2019 by Mandy

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Example of an Atlantis Technologies’ RDI Desalination System. Credit:

INDIA –  Last week Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced that a joint venture led by its water and effluent treatment business, L&T Construction, has won the contract for the 100,000 m3/d Dahej desalination plant in the state of Gujarat from Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation. The joint venture consisting of L&T Construction and Tecton Engineering and Construction LLC will operate and maintain the plant for 10 years once it is completed. The exact cost of the project is not known, but L&T classified the...

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DesalData Weekly - August 1, 2019

Posted 01 August, 2019 by Mandy

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A cargo ship in Paradip Port in the Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha, India. Credit:

INDIA –  The state of Odisha is developing its first desalination plant in Paradip. Last week, the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Chennai. The plant will have a capacity of 10,000 m3/d and be built at an estimated cost of $16.4 million. It is expected be operational by 2021.[1] 


EGYPT – The government of Egypt is contemplating the construction of desalination projects with private sector participation. Each facility would have a capacity of...

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DesalData Weekly - July 24th, 2019

Posted 24 July, 2019 by Mandy

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The town beach of Al-Arish, Egypt. Credit:

INDIA –  NITI Aayog, The National Institution for Transforming India, is planning to build desalination facilities along India’s 7,800 km coastline. The company is considering two options: setting up either floating desalination plants, or facilities located along the coast.  In both cases, the plants would run on solar energy or ocean-drawn power in order to reduce energy expenses and the plant’s carbon footprint. A network of pipes would transmit the desalinated seawater to population centers. NITI Aayog is expected to...

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DesalData Weekly - July 19, 2019

Posted 19 July, 2019 by Mandy

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The city of Agadir is located along Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast. Credit: Marseille-airport

MOROCCO –   Abengoa is building the largest desalination plant in Africa in the southern city of  Agadir.  Company officials plan to have the plant running by 2021. The plant will initially have a capacity of 275,000 m3/d. Civil works at the site will be designed to accommodate an eventual maximal capacity of 450,000 m3/d. The project will supply drinking water to 2.3 million people in the Souss-Massa region, as well as a 15,000 hectare farming-area in the Chtouka Ait Baha region. 

The project will cost $417.7 million...

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DesalData Weekly - July 9, 2019

Posted 09 July, 2019 by Mandy

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The Sea of Galilee is a freshwater lake in Israel. Credit: Shai Mizrahi

INDIA –   Last week the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu laid the foundation stone for Chennai’s third desalination plant. The project will produce 150,000 m3 of water per day.

Towards the total cost of $183.926 million, the German agency KFW will provide a loan of $102.2 million via the Atal Mission for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT). The new plant will be located near the existing Nemmeli facility on East Coast Road. It is expected to serve 900,000 residents once it begins operations in 2021.[1]


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