DesalData Weekly - January 22nd, 2018

Posted 22 January, 2018 by Mandy

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SOUTH AFRICA – The water supply for the city of Cape Town is expected to reach critical levels by April 2018, when the taps may have to be turned off for an indeterminate period of time.[1] The City of Cape Town has stated that it will bring three desalination plants online in the first quarter of this year.[2] However, only one of these projects—the V&A Waterfront desalination project—is on schedule for completion by February.[3] The two other plants, located at Monwabisi and Strandfontein, are currently behind schedule.[4] 



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DesalData Weekly - January 17th, 2018

Posted 17 January, 2018 by Mandy

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ABU DHABI’s Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) is reportedly planning to build the world’s largest water desalination plant.[1] The facility will produce 757,000 cubic metres of water per day and will be located in the country’s Al Taweelah region, halfway between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. ADWEA will retain a 60 percent stake in the project, which will be developed in partnership with the private sector.


SPANISH officials plan to install new desalination capacity to ameliorate water scarcity for farmers and residents in...

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DesalData Weekly - January 10th, 2018

Posted 10 January, 2018 by Mandy

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The Teshie Desalination plant during its construction stage Credit: 

Last week the China Overseas Port Holding Company inaugurated a new desalination plant at PAKISTAN’s Gwadar port.[1]  The desalination plant produces around 1150 cubic meters of clean drinking water per day.[2]  The Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, expressed the hope that the desalination plant will resolve Gwadar’s ongoing water crisis and stated that there are plans for additional desalination plants.[3]


GHANA – The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has shut down the Teshie-Nungua...

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DesalData Weekly - December 20th, 2017

Posted 20 December, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: The Straits Times

CHINESE officials plan to increase the nation’s seawater desalination capacity more than fivefold within the next three to five years.[1]   This expansion will include the construction of roughly one-hundred plants concentrated in 16 coastal provinces and cities, according to a plan issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the State Oceanic Administration.

By 2020 many of China’s 500 inhabited islands, which are increasingly facing water shortages, are also expected to rely on desalination as their primary source...

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DesalData Weekly - December 11th, 2017

Posted 11 December, 2017 by Mandy

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PERU - A Spanish consortium consisting of Tedagua and Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios has started construction on the Provisur water treatment project in Lima. The plant, which has a capacity of 12,960 cubic metres per day, will be the first in Peru to desalinate seawater for domestic use. In addition to the desalination plant, the $95 million project includes 260km of piping, a sewerage treatment plant and a 780m underwater discharge pipeline. The project will benefit 100,000 residents in four coastal districts on the southern...

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DesalData Weekly - December 7th, 2017

Posted 07 December, 2017 by Mandy

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In April 2017 Suez and Solvay formed an alliance to offer new solutions for water treatment in CHINA. Having developed a newly patented advanced oxidation process, they have won a contract to treat brine from a desalination facility located in Wanhua Chemical Industry Park in Yantai, Shandong Province.[1]  The facility will produce 24,000 cubic metres of water per day. 

The facility’s water quality parameters include total nitrogen levels of less than 15 milligrams per liter; total organic carbon levels of less than 20 milligrams...

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DesalData Weekly - November 28th, 2017

Posted 28 November, 2017 by Mandy

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SOUTH KOREA’s Samsung Engineering has asked the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to begin proceedings against Saudi Arabia over the cancellation of the Yanbu 3 Water and Power project.[1]  The ICSID was founded by the Executive Directors of the World Bank in 1965 and mediates legal disputes between international investors.

Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) cancelled its EPC contract with Samsung in January 2017 due to disagreements over project changes.[2]  SWCC had...

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DesalData Weekly - November 21st, 2017

Posted 21 November, 2017 by Mandy

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EGYPT has started construction on the Ain Sokhna plant, which will have a capacity of 164, 000 cubic metres per day.[1] Kamal El Wazir, head of the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority, confirmed last week that construction had commenced on the plant, which will support three other large desalination projects currently under construction in the Suez Canal Economic Zone.[2]

The country’s contracted desalination capacity has increased tenfold in the past two years to a total of 700,000 cubic metres per day.  Egyptian officials plan...

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DesalData Weekly - November 7th, 2017

Posted 07 November, 2017 by Mandy

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SOUTH AFRICA –  A subsidiary of the PSG Group, Energy Partners, is investing in the desalination company GrahamTek with aspirations to turn the company into a multibillion-rand business.[1]  Although PSG typically makes smaller initial investments in new businesses—it has already secured a 50 percent share in GrahamTek.[2]

GrahamTek produces mobile plants that generate 3,000 cubic metres of fresh water per day. Each plant costs $3 million rand (roughly USD$210,900 dollars) and has a life-expectancy of about 25 years.[3]

The company...

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DesalData Weekly - October 31st, 2017

Posted 31 October, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: Tomer Neuberg via Haaretz

Despite ISRAEL’s strong desalination base, the nation still relies on rainfall to supplement its water supply.  Last winter, however, the country experienced a drought that diminished the multi-year average of rainfall by 71 percent, with weather forecasters now predicting a similarly arid season this year.  The Finance Ministry has accordingly asked the nation’s desalination facilities to increase their water output for the final months of 2017 until the end of 2018, with the state covering the cost of all additional water...

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DesalData Weekly - October 23rd, 2017

Posted 23 October, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: NBC Los Angeles

Last week at the IDA World Congress UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission introduced the world’s first guide to harmful algal blooms.[1]

The guide was produced by the commission and the Middle East Desalination Research Centre and it was written with help from 63 world specialists.  Consisting of nearly a dozen chapters, key topics include the fundamental features of algal blooms; case studies with practical information for plant designers and operators; monitoring approaches such as remote sensing imagery that reveals...

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DesalData Weekly - October 17th, 2017

Posted 17 October, 2017 by Mandy

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PAKISTAN –  The China Pak Investment Corporation is set to build a new seawater desalination project in Pakistan.[1]  The project will be located in Gwadar and produce 23,000 cubic metres of water per day for a community of 500,000 Chinese professionals who will move to the city by 2020.   

The facility is part of a much larger development project that comprises homes, parks, shopping and sports facilities, and an international school for children. It advances China’s plan of foreign direct investment known as the...

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DesalData Weekly - October 9th, 2017

Posted 09 October, 2017 by Mandy

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SPAIN has granted Morocco $14.3 million dollars to finance a seawater desalination plant that will supply water to the country's northeastern provinces of Al Hoceima and Nador.[1]  The Spanish company of Tedagua has been contracted to build the facility. 

The plant supports the Moroccan government’s National Water Plan, “a benchmark strategy” for water policy formulated in 2015. [2]  The plan carries three key objectives: to provide universal access to drinking water and to improve the efficiency of the water supply network; to...

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DesalData Weekly - October 5th, 2017

Posted 05 October, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: ONNSFA, Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship & Financial Assistance

U.S.A. –  In northeastern Arizona, on the lands of the Great Basin Desert, nearly 40 percent of Navajo families lack access to running water.  The rainfall is minimal and the groundwater is contaminated with metals.  The recent donation of a mobile water treatment system to the STAR School, a public school located on tribal lands, will help to alleviate this crushing water-scarcity. [1]  

The mobile system is solar-powered and located on a school bus, where it draws water upwards from a well into a feed tank and then...

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DesalData Weekly - September 18th, 2017

Posted 18 September, 2017 by Mandy

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U.S.A. –  Later this month, the U.S. Department of Energy will publicize a new funding opportunity through its SunShot Initiative.  The funding will support the research, development, and demonstration of early-stage solar desalination technologies with the primary objective of promoting cost-efficient schemes.[1]  

Established in 2011, the Sunshot Initiative aims to make possible low-cost solar energy for all Americans by 2020 through collaborative research and development efforts in the public and private sectors....

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DesalData Weekly - September 13th, 2017

Posted 13 September, 2017 by Mandy



USA –  Since its opening in December 2015, California’s billion-dollar Carlsbad desalination plant has faced considerable difficulties.[1]  Mechanical failures and regulatory hurdles have prevented the plant from fully completing the water orders it has received.[2]  In 2016, for instance, the facility provided the San Diego Water Authority with 90 percent of its water order, compared with only 70 percent in 2017.  The plant has also acquired more than a dozen water pollution violations.[3]

Poseidon Water and its parent...

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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...

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DesalData Weekly - August 26th, 2017

Posted 26 August, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: Morocco Excursions

MOROCCO –  Morocco’s secretary of state for water, Charafate Afailal, has said that seawater desalination is the “only recourse” to reduce the national water deficit for domestic, industrial, and agricultural purposes.[1]  In Casablanca, officials are finalizing their plans for a desalination facility that will serve the city and the greater Casablanca-Settat region. 

By 2030, according to one estimate, Morocco will need to desalinate 425 million cubic metres of water per day to ensure supply.[2]  The country is currently...

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DesalData Weekly - August 17th, 2017

Posted 17 August, 2017 by Mandy

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U.S. –  A water utilities project developed by Stanford University environmental engineers has been honored at the American Society of Civil Engineers Innovation Contest. Known as AquaCharge, the software program functions as an “optimization tool for enhancing water resiliency and sustainability”—by helping water management planners to make informed decisions about the operations and development of water reuse and stormwater systems.[1] 

The program’s evaluation process includes analysis of several factors including the...

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DesalData Weekly - August 3rd, 2017

Posted 03 August, 2017 by Mandy

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TUNISIA’s national water utility, SONEDE, will build a new seawater desalination plant along the country’s Mediterranean coast. SONEDE has acquired a loan of $328 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to build the plant.  The facility will produce 100,000 cubic metres of water per day for the country’s second largest city, Sfax.[1]

Home to 600,000 people, Sfax experienced a water shortage in 2017—and is expected to fall short of its daily demand for water in the amount of 150,000 cubic metres by 2030.  The project...

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Desal Data Weekly - July 30th, 2017

Posted 30 July, 2017 by Mandy

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OMAN –  The Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) will soon develop a seawater desalination plant in the southern province of Dhofar.[1]  The facility will be located in the city of Salalah and produce 100,000 cubic metres of water per day.[2]  It is set to go online in 2022 as part of an ongoing initiative to nearly double the nation’s water supply between 2016 and 2023 (at a rate of 9 percent per year).


U.S.A. –  Atmocean, Inc., a renewable energy company, utilizes hydro-power to provide reverse osmosis...

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Desal Data Weekly - July 18th, 2017

Posted 18 July, 2017 by Mandy

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MYANMAR – The Wellthy Corp, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, has formed a joint venture with Myanmar Water Engineering & Products to provide a variety of water services in the southeastern Asian country.[1] The company’s new business follows the completion of demonstration projects on the waters of the Yangon River—which have provided information pertinent to the equipment, maintenance, and technical expertise that is necessary for large-scale commercial operations.

Wellthy’s expansion into Myanmar follows its...

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Desal Data Weekly - July 10th, 2017

Posted 10 July, 2017 by Mandy


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu at a demonstration for the Gal-Mobile  Credit: Hindustan Times

ISRAEL – India’s national government is looking to Israel for its expertise in water management and recycling.[1] Last week, officials from India took steps toward developing a wide-ranging partnership with their Israeli counterparts. India’s Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy, and Water Resources. And the state utility, Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, also signed an MoU with the Israeli ministry.[2]

To mark the occasion, Narendra Modi has travelled...

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Desal Data Weekly - July 5th, 2017

Posted 05 July, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: Keppel Corp via Straits Times

SINGAPORE – The country’s new Keppel Marina East desalination plant will push the typical perimeters of industrial design.[1]  PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, and Keppel Infrastructure will design a 20,000 square metre green space on the roof of the treatment plant, which will be located underground.  This green space will serve as a recreational area.

The plant will be a large-scale dual-mode facility that will desalinate both seawater and freshwater from the Marina Reservoir.  This structure allows the plant to save...

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Desal Data Weekly - June 26th, 2017

Posted 26 June, 2017 by Mandy

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EGYPT – The Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces is planning to build four seawater desalination plants.  Major General Kamel al-Wazir, head of the EAAF, announced that three of the facilities would each have a capacity of 150,000 cubic metres of water per day.[1] They will be located in Al Alamain, Al-Jamila, and East Port Said, and reportedly financed in cooperation with French and German companies. A fourth facility will be located in Najila, with an initial capacity of 5,000 cubic metres per day.

In 2018, the Ain Sokhna water...

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Desal Data Weekly - June 21st, 2017

Posted 21 June, 2017 by Mandy

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Cebu City, Phillippines, where Mactan Rock operates some of its desalination facilities  Credit:

MUMBAI – To alleviate water scarcity in Thane the Mumbai Metropolitan Region will soon launch a desalination pilot project.[1]  The facility will desalinate 20,000 cubic metres of brackish water from Vasai Creek, and discharge brine into the stream after diluting it with water from the Kopri sewage treatment plant.  The Thane Municipal Corporation has organized the project as a public-private partnership, and allocated a site for the plant in Kalwa, in the outskirts of Mumbai.[2]

The company is also in the process of establishing a...

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Desal Data Weekly - June 14th, 2017

Posted 14 June, 2017 by Mandy

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Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil, is one of the two major port cities of Caerá state  Credit:

BAHAMAS – GE Water and Process Technologies is building a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Caribbean Island of Eleuthera.[1] The company has entered into a 15-year build, own, operate agreement with Water and Sewerage Corporation Bahamas. The plant, which is GE’s fourth facility in the Bahamas, will produce 2,728 cubic metres of water per day.  It is expected to go online in the first quarter of 2018.[2]


BRAZIL – Suez has signed a memorandum of understanding with Compendia de Agua e Esgoto do Caerá, the water...

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Desal Data Weekly - June 2nd, 2017

Posted 02 June, 2017 by Mandy

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Cape Town’s Keoberg Nuclear Power Plant  Credit:

CAPE TOWN – As drought in the water-scarce region deepens, the city’s nuclear power plant, Koeberg, is looking to desalination.[1]  Koeberg is dependent on Cape Town’s water supply and uses roughly 1,300 cubic metres of freshwater per day in order to function. The facility’s station manager, Velaphi Ntuli, has said that the safeguarding of Cape Town’s power supply necessitates an alternative water source.  This water, Ntuli has said, would come from the groundwater located near the power station.  Ntuli is hopeful that,...

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Desal Data Weekly - May 26th, 2017

Posted 26 May, 2017 by Mandy

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CAPE TOWN – In the midst of South Africa’s years-long drought, the Richard’s Bay desalination wastewater plant opened last week.[1]  The $23.19 million-dollar hybrid facility (R300 million) significantly reduces water costs, by producing 50 percent of its water from the ocean, and the other 50 percent from waste water.[2]  The facility will help 150,000 households in the area and improve water security within the King Cetshwayo District Municipality.  The plant’s initial operations have already improved water levels in the...

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Desal Data Weekly - May 19th, 2017

Posted 19 May, 2017 by Mandy

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La Jolla Beach, California, at dawn.  Credit: Allen J. Schaben/ Los Angeles Times

CALFORNIA’S Coastal Commission faces steep budget cuts under the Trump administration.  As reported in the Chicago Tribune, the “regulation-averse” government may cut $2 million in federal assistance to the agency—slashing 9 percent of its $22.4 million annual budget.[1]  Established by the California Legislature in the 1970s, the land use agency has the mandate to regulate development, increase public access to the shoreline, and protect delicate coastal ecosystems—from the Redwoods in the north to Los Angeles in the south. ...

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