IN SOUTH AFRICA, a new public-private initiative may yield a large-scale desalination plant for Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province. The initiative involves officials from the beer maker SABMiller, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, and the salt producer Marina Sea Salt. The impetus for the project is the national government’s Business-Adopt-a-Municipality scheme—which seeks to strengthen municipal infrastructure by fostering closer ties between government, business, and state-owned entities.
POSEIDON has spent more than $1.6 million on lobbying and campaign contributions to promote its desalination projects in California. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the company is now paying Senator Barbara Boxer of California to endorse its proposed plant in Orange County. Boxer will lobby the California Coastal Commission on behalf of the business. The Coastal Commission and Poseidon have not yet established an agreement on the type of seawater intake methods that the $1 billion-dollar facility will use.
The California Coastal Protection Network, a nonprofit environmental group, has expressed disappointment in Boxer’s endorsement of the project. Boxer, however, has said that the underdevelopment of desalination infrastructure in the state would create an overreliance on “big dams that destroy our rivers and our fisheries” as well as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
MUMBAI’s ambitious plans for a desalination plant have collapsed. As early as last year, the project failed to garner the support it needed. A 2016 report issued by the standing committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated that the projected energy costs required an unfeasible level of financial investment. The report further stated that investment in dam infrastructure would yield a more robust water supply while incurring fewer costs.
Abengoa and Fisia Italimpianti (of Salini Impregilo) will design and build a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, for the state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation. The plant will be located along Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast, where it will deliver up to 250,000 cubic metres of water per day to more than a million residents in the cities of Mecca, Jeddah, and Taif. Construction is due to be finished by May 2019.
PALL WATER, the water filtration specialist that operates under the Danaher Corporation, will now operate in cooperation with the companies of Danaher’s Water Quality Platform. These companies include brands such as Hach, Trojan Technologies, and ChemTreat. Pall Water focuses its efforts on three key areas: its mobile water treatment portfolio; cartridge filtration; and advanced wastewater techniques, such as direct potable reuse.
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