DesalData Weekly - January 20th, 2017

Posted 20 January, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: Markus Reugels

In November 2016, India and Israel signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on water management and development. The countries identified desalination as a key point of focus for their collaboration.  India’s Minister of State for Water Resources, Sanjeev Balyan, pointed to the country’s interest in developing desalination technology via the Department of Science & Technology.  The department has supported reverse osmosis technology for brackish- and seawater-desalination plants, as well as hybrid solar technologies for a thermal desalination system located in Tamil Nadu.[1]


Meanwhile, in the city of Mangaluru, India’s department of urban development is planning to implement a pilot desalination plant with help from private investors. The department’s objective is to meet the demands of the private and commercial sectors by using desalinated water.[2] A foreign company with interest in the pilot project has already planned a visit to Mangaluru.


This month in Singapore, the national water agency, PUB, will sign a water purchase agreement with Keppel Infrastructure Holdings for its latest desalination project.[3]  Keppel, a Singapore-based company, will transport 137,000 cubic metres of water per day from the Marina East Desalination plant, according to the terms stipulated by a Design, Build, Own, and Operate (DBOO) contract.  Black & Veatch will provide consultancy services for the facility.  This project is the sixth DBOO arrangement between PUB and the private sector.

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Muscat Water has completed the construction of its new desalination plant in Quyarat, Oman.  The plant will produce 8,000 cubic metres of desalinated water per day for neighboring villages.[4]

And in the drought-plagued city of Durban, South Africa, officials have planned the construction of a (ZAR) 600 million desalination plant (USD 43,987,356).[5]  The eThekwini Municipality and a Japanese company—New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization—will finance the construction of the facility. An environmental impact assessment is already underway, and building is expected to last for three years.[6]






[1] “India, Israel Sign MoU on Water Management, Desalination,” CNBC – Money Control, November 25, 2016, <<> accessed January 17, 2016.

[2] “Desalination Plant in City Will Help Meet Increasing Water Demand,” Times of India, January 8, 2017 <> accessed January 18, 2017.

[3] Tom Freyberg, “Singapore’s First Variable Salinity Desalination Plant to be Delivered by Keppel,” Water World, January 3, 2017 <> accessed January 16, 2016.

[4] “Muscat Water Completes Desalination Plant in Qurayat,” Times of Oman, January 7, 2016, <> accessed January 18, 2017.

[5] Erin Hanekom, “Bluff Desalination Plant Raises Concerns,” The Citizen, February 12, 2016, <> accessed January 17, 2016.

[6] Ibid.

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