DesalData Weekly - April 23, 2019

Posted 23 April, 2019 by Mandy

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The Tuas Desalination Plant was named Desalination Plant of the Year. Credit: Lianhe Zaobo

SINGAPOREThe Tuas Desalination Plant—the first plant to be owned and operated by Singapore’s national water agency Public Utility Board (PUB)—has won Desalination Plant of the Year in the Global Water Awards. The award was presented last week at the Global Water Summit in London.[1]  


SINGAPOREHyflux has filed a lawsuit against SM Investments in the Singapore High Court, stating that the investor has reneged on the rescue deal. The company announced that it has filed a writ of summons in the Singapore High Court after SM Investment denied it had repudiated the restructuring agreement. Hyflux states that the purpose of the lawsuit is “to claim the $28.7 million deposit placed into escrow shortly after the execution of the restructuring agreement.”[2]


DUBAIDubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is working on building solar powered desalination plants to generate 1.39 million m3/d by 2030. Turning to renewable energy to power desalination plants will help save Dubai’s main utility $13 billion between now and 2030.


Earlier this year, DEWA revealed it had received 5 bids for an advisory service tender for a new 545,531 m3/d desalination facility in Hassyan. The plant is expected to start operations in 2023 and will be the first project to use the Independent Water Producer (IWP) model in Dubai.


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The desalination plant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Henk Kruger African News Agency (ANA)


DEWA’s studies proved it is technically and economically feasible to replace Multi-Stage Flash (MSF) desalination with solar powered reverse osmosis. DEWA is aiming to power all of its desalination facilities with a mix of clean energy that uses environmentally sustainable technologies by 2030.[3] 


SOUTH AFRICA – For several months now, the V&A Waterfront desalination plant has been rendered dormant due to a contractual disagreement between the City of Cape Town and Quality Filtration Systems (QFS). According to QFS’ managing director, Herman Smit, the company was awarded a $3.77 million contract to build the plant with the agreement that QFS would cover the cost of the build and the city would purchase the water.

While the plant’s construction was complete in March 2018, the city only began purchasing a portion of the water in May, and the full supply in September. According to Smit, there have been multiple breaches of contract, and non-payment is only one of them.[4]


OMAN – The repair works on gas turbine three (GT-3) of Oman’s Barka Two Power and Water Desalination Plant have finished six days ahead of schedule. The repairs come nearly three weeks after an inspection initially revealed damage. The financial impact due to the outage and repair work amounted to $1.8 million according to plant operator SMN Power Holding.

The Barka 2 desalination plant supplies 120,000 m3/d to Oman Water Transmission System, while its three gas- and two steam-powered turbines provide 679 megawatts of electricity to Oman.[5]









[1] Goh Yan Han “PUB-owned Tuas Desalination Plant wins global award, beating others in Oman, Tunisia and Egypt”,, April 10, 2019.  <> accessed April 19, 2019.

[2] Angela Teng “Hyflux sues SM Investments over aborted bailout”,, April 16, 2019.  <  > accessed April 19, 2019.

[3] Baset Asaba “Dubai turns to renewable energy for water production”,, April 15, 2019.  <> accessed April 19, 2019.

[4] “City of Cape Town in dispute with V&A desalination plant contractor”,, April 16, 2019.  <> accessed April 19, 2019.

[5] Baset Asaba “Repair work on Barka 2 power and water desalination plant reaches completion”,, April 16, 2019.  <> accessed April 19, 2019.

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