DesalData Weekly - September 4th, 2017

Posted 04 September, 2017 by Mandy

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DJIBOUTI’s Economy and Finance Ministry has commissioned a new 83-million Euro desalination facility.[1]  The National Water and Wastewater Treatment Office will serve as project manager while the French engineering company Eiffage Génie Civil will develop the facility in a consortium with the Spanish water company Tedagua. 

Located in Doraleh, the facility will initially produce 22,500 cubic metres of water per day with plans to expand to 45,000 cubic metres of water per day.[2] It is expected that the plant will be online within three years.


EGYPTIAN officials plan to build or upgrade 16 desalination plants across five governorates.[3]  If these are completed the country’s existing desalination capacity is expected to increase to a total of 473,000 cubic metres per day (from an existing capacity of 235,600 cubic metres per day)—with facilities spanning the country, from its Mediterranean coastline to its most southern extremities. [4]


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CHINA –  The state-owned China National Nuclear Power has formed a collaborative venture to build floating nuclear power and seawater desalination plants.[5]  More generally, the company will focus on research and development, construction, operations and management; as well as selling desalinated water.

The venture involves Zhejiang Zheneng Electric Power, Shanghai Guosheng Group, Jiangnan Shipyard, and Shanghai Electric.[6] The new Shanghai-based company will initially develop 20 plants.






[1] “French/Spanish Partnership to Deliver Djibouti Renewable Desalination Development,”, August 31, 2017, <> accessed August 31, 2017.

[2] Ibid.

[3] “Egypt to invest in 16 desalination plants,”, August 23, 2017, <> accessed August 30, 2017.

[4] Ibid.

[5] “China to sell off-the-shelf floating nuclear desalination units,”, August 16, 2017, <> accessed August 30, 2017.

[6] Ibid.

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