DesalData Weekly - November 1st, 2018

Posted 01 November, 2018 by Mandy

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Hyflux, Singapore. Credit: Jeremy Long

ISRAEL – A special report by the Israeli State Comptroller has claimed that better long-term planning and water management could have averted the country’s current water crisis. The report criticizes failure of the Israeli Water Authority to manage water supplies and to meet a government-mandated target to produce 750 million m3/yr of desalinated water by 2020. At present Israel’s five desalination facilities produce 585 million m3/yr, a shortfall that could produce costs of $300 million per year.[1]


U.A.E. – The Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubdala has signed a contract with the Federal Electricity & Water Authority (Fewa) for the joint development of three desalination plants in the UAE’s northern emirates. The facilities will have a combined capacity of 613,722 m3/day and will be developed in two stages in the emirates of Ras al-Khaimah, Umm al-Quwain, and Fujairah. The first stage of the programme is expected to be complete by 2021.[2]


SINGAPORE – The water treatment firm Hyflux has agreed to sell a 60% equity stake to SM Investments, a new joint venture consisting of the two Indonesian firms Salim Group and Medco Group, for $290 million.  The joint venture has agreed to grant Hyflux a loan of $93.89 million, and will also loan $21.67 million to help the company to meet working capital requirements for the period prior to the finalization of the proposed equity investment.[3]  


JORDAN – The Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) is planning to build a desalination plant in Aqaba to supply the city with potable water. The authority is also planning to establish a wastewater treatment plant.[4]


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Ariel view of Aqaba Special Economic Zone, Jordan. Credit:


GHANA – The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) have commenced a renegotiation process with the operators of the Nungua desalination plant.  The Nungua plant, which supplies 59,099 m3/day to residents of Teshie, Nungua and neighboring communities, has been out of commission since January due to disputes over these high costs.[5]  The project was originally delivered under a 25-year BOOT agreement between Befesa Agua and Ghana Water Company. Soon after it was built, the water tariff became a point of conflict. 

Florida-based AquaVenture Holdings, the parent company of Seven Seas Water, is also interested in purchasing the plant from the operator.






[1] Sonia Gorodeisky “Comptroller: Water Authority missed desalination target”,, Oct 22, 2018.  <> accessed Oct 29, 2018.

[2] Andrew Roscoe “Mubadala and Fewa to develop three desalination plants”,, Oct 28, 2018.  <> accessed Oct 29, 2018.

[3] Fathin Ungku “Singapore’s struggling Hyflux to sell majority stake to Indonesian groups”,, Oct 18, 2018.  <> accessed Oct 29, 2018.

[4] “ASEZA: Plans of seawater desalination facility in Aqaba”,, Oct 23, 2018.  <> accessed Oct 29, 2018.

[5] Chris Nunoo “GWCL renegotiates with operators of desalination plant to minimize production cost”,, Oct 25, 2018.  <> accessed Oct 29, 2018.


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