DesalData Weekly - March 21st, 2018

Posted 21 March, 2018 by Mandy

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Antioch Bridge in Antioch, CA. Credit:

CALIFORNIA – The city of Antioch has been selected to receive a $10 million grant from the state of California to invest into the construction of a $62 million desalination plant. [1] The grant will be funded by a water bond under California’s Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1), which so far has authorized over $7 billion in general bonds for state and municipal water projects. Antioch is among eight communities selected to receive a share of  $34 million in state money for desalination...

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DesalData Weekly - March 19th, 2018

Posted 19 March, 2018 by Mandy

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Codelco underground mine tunnel. Credit: Flickr.

CHILE – State-owned mining company Codelco has received approval from environmental authorities to build a $1 billion desalination plant in the Antofagasta region. This will enable Codelco, the largest copper producer in the world, to expand its Radomiro Tomic mine and increase investment in its water-intensive mining operations in one of the driest regions in the world. With a capacity of 54,000m3/d, the desalination plant will be the second-largest in Chile.[1] 


INDIA – The Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) is...

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DesalData Weekly - March 8th, 2018

Posted 08 March, 2018 by Mandy

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Seawater Reverse Osmosis desalination plant. Credit: IDE-tech

TAIWAN – Approval of Formosa Petrochemical Corporation’s desalination project at its naphta cracker facility in Yunlin County has received initial approval following environmental impact assessment (EIA), but is still awaiting a further review to “request the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to relax certain regulations.”

The project involves a seawater desalination plant with a total capacity of 105,000 cubic metres per day, which will treat water discharged from the Mailiao power plant, which is also operated by Formosa. The...

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DesalData Weekly - February 28th, 2018

Posted 28 February, 2018 by Mandy

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SAUDI ARABIA – Energy Recovery, Inc has announced total awards of $6.2 to supply its PX-Q300 pressure exchangers technology for desalination projects in Saudi Arabia.[1]  The components will be used in multiple facilities with a combined output capacity of 305,000 cubic metres of water per day.  According to Energy Recovery’s estimates, these PX devices will save 291 Gigawatts of energy per year and will reduce the desalination plant’s carbon emissions by 174,000 tons annually.  The PX pressure exchanger devices are expected...

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DesalData Weekly - February 20th, 2018

Posted 20 February, 2018 by Mandy

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Koeberg Power Station near Melkbos. Credit: Sam Clark

SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town’s Koeberg nuclear power station has launched a fully operational groundwater desalination plant.[1] The plant will take care of the power station’s water demands and allow the station to be independent of the city’s water supply.  Koeberg is Africa’s only nuclear power station, and provides 50 percent of the Western Cape’s energy demands.

According to Velaphi Ntuli, the Koeberg Power Station Manager, the launch of the desalination plant forms part of a three-pronged water management strategy to address the acute...

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DesalData Weekly - February 13th, 2018

Posted 13 February, 2018 by Mandy

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A scanning electron microscope image of metal-organic frameworks, crystals that separate lithium from sea water. Credit:

SCIENCE – A team of researchers from Monash University in Australia and the University of Texas at Austin have found a breakthrough solution to filter salt and metal ions from water. The researchers found that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be designed to selectively filter both salt and ions. MOFs are remarkable next-generation materials that have the largest internal surface area of any know substance. Unfolded, a single gram of the material could theoretically cover a football field.  It is this intricate internal structure that...

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DesalData Weekly - February 7th, 2018

Posted 07 February, 2018 by Mandy

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Workers walk outside a desalination plant in the King Abdullah Economic City  Credit:

PALESTINE – The Palestinian Water Authority has received tender and design documents for a new $600 million desalination plant located at Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip.  The project includes the construction of the plant and associated infrastructure, including a distribution network and pumping stations.

The project has thus far faced significant political and financial obstacles. The head of the Palestinian Water Authority, Mazen Ghuneim, reported that the utility has been working with donors and others to facilitate the entry of...

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DesalData Weekly - January 31st, 2018

Posted 31 January, 2018 by Mandy

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An architect’s rendering of M&G Polymer’s chemical plant at the Port of Corpus Christi. Credit:

USA – Local leaders and port officials in Corpus Christi, Texas are looking to expand their water supply through desalination to support the city’s growing industrial sector. For some time now, officials have endeavored to utilize the plentiful saltwater on their shores for both industrial and residential use.[1] The Texas Water Development board has already granted the city $2.75 million in credit to put towards desalination projects, and officials are now considering their options.[2]

One option under consideration is for the Port of...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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