DesalData Weekly - November 19, 2020

Posted 19 November, 2020 by Mandy


A desalination plant in Saudi Arabia  Credit: Saudi Water Partnership Company

SAUDI ARABIA – Target Engineering Construction has signed a subcontract with the Shandong Tiejun Electric Power Engineering Company for marine construction works at the Jubail-3A water project. Jubail 3A is a $650 million desalination project that will produce 600,000 m3/d of water. Target, a subsidiary of Dubai-based contractor Arabtec, won the 14-month contract worth $39 million despite the collapse of its parent company. Arabtec Holding has requested that banks allow Target a three-month delay for debt repayments, according to Arabian...

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DesalData Weekly - November 13, 2020

Posted 13 November, 2020 by Mandy


A desalination plant in the Hormozgan Province, Iran. Credit: Tehran Times

IRAN – The annual desalination capacity of the south of Hormozgan Province has increased six-fold in the past five years, according to the Hormozgan Water and Wastewater Company. In 2020 the region’s annual capacity reached 46 million m3 compared to 8 million m3 in 2015. By March 2021, with the completion of new desalination facilities in Bandar Abbas and Sirik County, the region’s desalination capacity is expected to reach 243,835 m3/d. (Financial Tribune)

MADAGASCAR – Mascara Renewable Water, in partnership with Mada Green Power, will...

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DesalData Weekly - November 5, 2020

Posted 05 November, 2020 by Mandy


Boreal Light’s water kiosk supplying water to the people in Oog, Somalia. Credit: Afrik21

SOMALIA – Boreal Light completed the installation of a solar-powered desalination system in Oog, in the Sool region of Somalia. The unit installed by Boreal Light is the Winture Planet cube, which is equipped with a borehole that pumps groundwater from Oog. The system is capable of producing 36 m3/d water for municipal use and fish farming. The desalination system was financed by Oxfam as part of its partnership with Boreal Light. Oxfam is planning to install four additional drinking water kiosks in the Sool region. (Afrik21)


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DesalData Weekly - October 30, 2020

Posted 30 October, 2020 by Mandy


The Palmachim Seawater Desalination plant in Israel. Credit: GES

KUWAIT – The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) is finalizing the contract for transaction advisory services for its Az Zour North desalination plant, part of the Az Zour North Independent Water Power Plant Phase 2-and-3 project. The shortlisted bidders for the transaction services contract are Ernst & Young, KPMG International and Rodl Middle East. The project involves the construction of a 750,104 m3/d desalination plant, valued at around $950 million, and is scheduled to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2025. (Zawya...

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DesalData Weekly - October 23, 2020

Posted 23 October, 2020 by Mandy


The inside of a desalination plant in Texas, U.S.A.  Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre

RUSSIA – The Russian government is planning to set up industrial desalination plants in Crimea and Sevastopol. This was revealed in the government’s newly released plan to secure reliable water supply to the two regions. According to the plan, $106 million will be allocated for the construction of the plants in 2021-2022, of which $100 million will come from the federal budget and an additional $5.3 million will come from the regions. The plants will have a production capacity of 40,000 m3/d. The precise location of the plants remains...

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DesalData Weekly - October 15, 2020

Posted 15 October, 2020 by Mandy


The Al-Khobar 1 desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. Credit: Acciona

PHILIPPINES – The Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) is planning to build desalination plants in the cities of Cebu, Mandau, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay and in the Municipality of Consolacion. The MCWD is aiming to have plants operational by December 2021 and supply 70,000 m3/d. The district’s board of directors has already approved bidding for the facilities and is planning to sign contracts and start construction of the plants this year. (Sunstar Cebu)


SAUDI ARABIA – The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has completed the...

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DesalData Weekly - October 9, 2020

Posted 09 October, 2020 by Mandy


The municipality of Vera in Spain. Credit:

SPAIN – Council members of the Vera municipality in the province of Almeria unanimously supported The Hydrological Resources Sustainability Strategic Plan for 2021 to 2027. Among the main projects included in the plan are the construction of a new drinking water treatment plant and a new seawater desalination plant. The sustainable water resources scheme aims to promote lower water consumption, implementing technology to increase saving and efficiency and increasing public awareness about rational water use. (EuroWeekly News)



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DesalData Weekly - September 28, 2020

Posted 28 September, 2020 by Mandy


A desalination plant in India.  Credit: P Jawahar, EPS

INDIA – The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to revisit its plan for the construction of a desalination plant in Mumbai. Preliminary reports suggest that BMC is in talks with an Israeli based company to set up a 200,000 m3/d plant in an area near the sea in Malad. BMC plans to develop the project under the ‘Swiss Challenge Method’, which allows a project to be awarded to a private firm on an unsolicited proposal. According to officials the project is estimated to cost $805 million and if all goes to plan, Mumbai’s first...

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DesalData Weekly - September 20, 2020

Posted 20 September, 2020 by Mandy


The Pure Water Monterey groundwater replenishment project in California.  Credit: Kennedy Jenks

U.A.E. – U.A.E.’s energy minister Suhail Al Mazroui announced that the country, which signed a peace agreement with Israel on Sep 15, may collaborate with Israel in the fields of water desalination and solar power. The UAE was the first member of the Gulf Cooperation Council to seek a peace deal with Israel. (S&P Global)


U.S.A. – California American Water (Cal Am) has withdrawn its application for a desalination project in the Monterey Bay town of Marina. The proposal was set to vote last week and had become one of the most fraught...

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DesalData Weekly - September 15, 2020

Posted 15 September, 2020 by Mandy


Desalination plant starts operation in Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan, Iran. Credit: Financial Tribune

IRAN – The managing director of the Hormozgan provincial Water and Wastewater Company stated that Hormozgan’s desalination capacity will increase by almost 30%, or 40,000 m3/d, to reach 170,000 m3/d in October. Work on the Bandar Abbas desalination plant is finished and the plant will start operations by the end of the month, according to the director. (Financial Tribune)

The first phase of the water transfer project from the Persian Gulf to the provinces of Kerman, Yazd and Hormozgan will be completed by mid-October. Aliyar Yari, the...

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DesalData Weekly - September 7, 2020

Posted 07 September, 2020 by Mandy


A power station in Jebel Ali, Dubai Credit: Tekla

U.A.E. – Construction of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Complex is 79% complete. The project main buildings are at the finishing stage, most of the marine works are complete, and the commissioning work has started. The plant is expected to become operational in 2021 and will have a production capacity of 151,416 m3/d. DEWA awarded the $237.1 million contract for the construction of the plant to a joint venture comprising Acciona Agua SA and Belhasa Six Construct (Besix). (Utilities Middle East...

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DesalData Weekly - September 1, 2020

Posted 01 September, 2020 by Mandy


A new green roof at the Keppel Marina East Desalination plant has opened to the public . Credit: Mothership

SINGAPORE – National water agency PUB is planning to build a $170.59 million NEWater factory in Changi and issued a tender to procure professional engineering services for the project in July. Construction of the treatment plant is projected to start in 2022 and will take two years to be completed. The new plant is destined to replace an existing facility in Bedok, one of Singapore’s oldest NEWater factories. The new plant will have a capacity to treat 227,304 m3/d water a day, three times as much as current Bedok as much as the...

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DesalData Weekly - August 27, 2020

Posted 27 August, 2020 by Mandy


The construction team of the Shuqaiq 3 IWP desalination plant. Credit: Acciona

SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) and the Shuqaiq Three Company for Water (S3CW) have marked a milestone at Shuqaiq 3 IWP desalination plant in Shuqaiq in the Jizan region, clocking two million man-hours without Lost Time Injuries and 50% completion on the construction of the project. According to EPC contractor Acciona, the safety milestone was achieved due to risk prevention and correct implementation of health and safety measure for all workers. The Shuqaiq 3 IWP plant will produce 450,000 m3/d of water and will...

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DesalData Weekly - August 25, 2020

Posted 25 August, 2020 by Mandy


Antofagasta’s Los Pelambres mine in Chile.  Credit: Antofagasta

CHILEAntofagasta Minerals’ Los Pelambres copper mine expansion project will be delayed six months due to the suspension of works caused by the pandemic. Originally, the $1.3 billion expansion project was scheduled for completion in 2021. Antofagasta Minerals CEO Ivan Arriagada announced that the company expects construction work to resume progressively under new health protocols to reduce contagion risks. The company is also constructing a seawater desalination project and in order to reduce the risk of future water shortages, the company...

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DesalData Weekly - August 14, 2020

Posted 14 August, 2020 by Mandy


A desalination plant in Kuredu, an island in the Maldives. Credit:

MALDIVES –The Chinese government signed an $11.8 million agreement, the Implementation Contract for China-Aided Project on Micro-grid Seawater Desalination in Maldives, to build desalination plants in five islands across the Maldives. Under the agreement with the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, micro-grid seawater desalination facilities will be established on: Kaashidhoo in Kaafu Atoll, Olhuvelifushi in Lhaviyani Atoll, Kelaa in Haa Alif Atoll, Alifushi in Raa Atoll and Dhaandhoo in Gaafu Alif Atoll. (The Edition)...

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DesalData Weekly - August 7, 2020

Posted 07 August, 2020 by Mandy


The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant in Santa Barbara, California Credit: Joshua Molina / Noozhawk photo

U.S.A. – The Santa Barbara City Council has accepted a $10 million grant in exchange for agreeing to run the Charles E. Meyer desalination plant at full capacity for at least 36 out of the next 40 years. The city was awarded the grant in 2018 from the California Department of Water Resources for the reactivation of the plant. If the city does not comply with the terms of the funding agreement, it may be obligated to repay the grant funding – with interest – to the state. The city plans to create a reserve fund to pay back the grant in case...

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DesalData Weekly - July 29, 2020

Posted 29 July, 2020 by Mandy


Reverse osmosis pressure vessel tubes in a desalination facility.  Credit: Michael Short, San Francisco Chronicle

IRAN – The Department of Environment (DOE) announced it is preparing a plan to install desalination plants on the shores of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. The deputy chief of the marine environment of the DOE, Ahmad Reza Lahijanzadeh, revealed that suitable areas that cause the least damage to the environment have been identified in Hormozgan province. He stated that the project, a collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, will supply water to 17 drought-ridden provinces. (Tehran Times)


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DesalData Weekly - July 22, 2020

Posted 22 July, 2020 by Mandy


A local resident watching and photographing the whales at Sleaford Bay, Australia. Credit: ABC Eyre Peninsula: Jodie Hamilton

U.S.A. – The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board staff has recommended approval of the operating permit for the proposed Huntington Beach desalination project.  The Regional Board issued a staff report recommending approval of a tentative order making amendments to and renewing its operating permit first issued in 2006 for the proposed desalination project. The proposed permit finds that there is an identified need for the 189,270 m3/d desalinated water the Huntington Beach project will provide. The draft permit also...

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DesalData Weekly - July 15, 2020

Posted 15 July, 2020 by Mandy


The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant in Singapore. Credit: PUB

SENEGAL – A groundwater desalination plant will soon commence operations in the town of Foundiougne in southwest Senegal. The project manager recently revealed that the project, commissioned by the national water company of Senegal (SONES), should be completed within a few months. The plant will have a capacity of 1,700 m3/d and cost 20 million euros ($22.83 million) to construct. Operation of the facility will be entrusted to Sen’eau, a new company operating and distributing drinking water in Senegal’s urban and peri-urban areas. (Afrik 21)...

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DesalData Weekly - July 8, 2020

Posted 08 July, 2020 by Mandy


A reverse osmosis desalination filter. Credit: Reuters

SAUDI ARABIA – The Al-Shaqueeq desalination plant has launched operations and is supplying water to the regions of Asir and Jazan at a rate of 42,500 m3/d. The project developed by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) started construction in December last year and reached completion in six months, at one-third of the specified time line. The plant has an energy consumption of 3 KW/m3. (Saudi Gazette)


IRAN – A new reverse osmosis desalination facility is under construction in the village of Ziarat in Hormozgan Province. The...

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DesalData Weekly - June 30, 2020

Posted 30 June, 2020 by Mandy


The Zawiya desalination plant, Libya Credit: Enka Teknik

ISRAEL – The European Investment Bank (EIB), last month announced that it had signed a $169 million finance contract with SMS IDE Ltd, in a bid to design, finance, construct and operate the Sorek 2 desalination plant. In a press release the EIB stated the decision to invest in the new desalination plant was based on the goal of improving water supply infrastructure in the region. The development of Sorek 2 is part of the Neighbouring Financing Facility (NFF) 2014-2020 project and EU/Israel Action Plan, which aims to raise greater...

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DesalData Weekly - June 23, 2020

Posted 23 June, 2020 by Mandy

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The Ras Al-Khair water and power plant, Saudi Arabia.  Credit: Arab News

SAUDI ARABIA – The Saline Water Desalination Corporation (SWCC) has fast-tracked plans to privatize the Ras Al-Khair water and power plant. The decision is part of a SWCC initiative to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The plan also coincides with the Kingdom’s aspiration to attract domestic and foreign investment form the private sector. The Ras Al-Khair plant started operation in 2015, has a desalination capacity of 1.05 million m3/d and generates electricity with a capacity of 2,650 MW. The plant will be the first brownfield...

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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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