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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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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Desal Data Weekly - May 16, 2017

Posted 16 May, 2017 by Mandy

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Mekerot employees at the company’s Ashdod Desalination facility   Credit: Tomer Appelbaum  Haaretz

MEKOROT, the state-owned Israeli water company, has retreated from its ambition to enter the desalination business.[1]  Last week, an expose on the company’s finances revealed its $330 million debt accrued over the course of the past decade.  Delays with the company’s construction and reports of poor operation of a desalination plant in Ashdod form a significant part of its financial burden. The facility, worth roughly $444,800,000, went into operation last year—four years behind schedule—and has yet to work at full capacity due to...

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Desal Data Weekly - May 4th 2017

Posted 04 May, 2017 by Mandy

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In MOMBASA COUNTY, KENYA, the World Bank is supporting the development of three desalination facilities.[1] County officials are currently tendering two of the desalination plants on a build, operate, transfer basis.  They will soon request proposals from five shortlisted companies for the third facility.  It is expected that the plants will be located in the West Mainland, the North Mainland, and Likoni, where the World Bank is financing the construction of a new water network. The projects will be financed through public-private...

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Desal Data Weekly - April 24th, 2017

Posted 24 April, 2017 by Mandy

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IN SOUTH AFRICA, a new public-private initiative may yield a large-scale desalination plant for Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape Province.[1]  The initiative involves officials from the beer maker SABMiller, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, and the salt producer Marina Sea Salt. The impetus for the project is the national government’s Business-Adopt-a-Municipality scheme—which seeks to strengthen municipal infrastructure by fostering closer ties between government, business, and state-owned entities.[2]



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DesalData Weekly - April 18th, 2017

Posted 18 April, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: EWA

DUTCH company Hatenboer-Water has supplied three reverse osmosis units for an oil ship.[1]  The vessel, Pioneiro de Libra, is a Floating Production Storage and Offloading unit, which produces, processes, and stores oil.[2]  Two of the reverse osmosis units each produce 480 cubic metres of water for the oil separation process.  The third unit provides potable water.


SUEZ has taken the next step in refinancing its acquisition of GE Water, offering 600 million worth of undated, deeply subordinated hybrid bonds.[3]  In...

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DesalData Weekly - April 11th, 2017

Posted 11 April, 2017 by Mandy

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Credit: Gregory Bull/AP via the Christian Science Monitor

RESEARCHERS in England have created a graphene-based sieve for desalination, which may eventually be manufactured on an industrial scale.[1]    In 2004, scientists isolated graphene as a material with tremendous tensile strength and electrical conductivity—capable of filtering salts.  It is both two-hundred times stronger than steel and the thinnest material on earth: one million times thinner than a human hair.[2]

Until now, it has been difficult to produce large quantities of single-layer graphene membranes.  But...

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DesalData Weekly - April 3rd, 2017

Posted 03 April, 2017 by Mandy

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THE SOUTH KOREAN company, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, has acquired a (USD) $421 million contract to build a seawater reverse osmosis desalination facility in Saudi Arabia.[1]  The facility will provide water for 130,000 people in the vicinity of Shuaibah, approximately 110 kilometres south of Jeddah. 


LAST WEEK, Saudi Arabia and Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study for two nuclear reactors that will power seawater desalination in Jordan. Officials from the two countries...

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DesalData Weekly - March 29th, 2017

Posted 29 March, 2017 by Mandy

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Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico  Credit:

AFTER THE UNITED STATES’ presidential election, Consolidated Water’s proposed mega-project in Baja California faces an uncertain future.[1]  Last week, the company issued its annual performance report, which cited the decline of the exchange rate for the Mexican peso relative to the dollar, and the deterioration of “general macroeconomic conditions in Mexico.”[2]  Aguas de Rosarito, the company which was set up to deliver this project, has proposed to the Baja California State Water Commission (CEA) to increase the water tariff...

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DesalData Weekly - March 17th, 2017

Posted 17 March, 2017 by Mandy

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SEVERAL JAPANESE COMPANIES will provide Saudi Arabia to develop the country’s desalination market.  Earlier this month, when King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited the East Asian island-nation, twenty companies signed 20 memorandums of understanding. The JFE Engineering Corporation will provide the desalination systems, while the materials manufacturer, Toyobo, will develop water treatment membranes.[1]  Sasakura Engineering as well as several other companies will commercialize the facilities.[2]


SAUDI ARABIA has pledged to...

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DesalData Weekly - March 10th, 2017

Posted 10 March, 2017 by Mandy

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A home destroyed by fire near Haxtun, Colo.  Credit: Joe Amon/ The Denver Post, via Associated Press and the New York Times


SUEZ AND CANADA’S CDPQ will buy GE Water & Process Technologies for $3.37 billion (USD) in cash.[1]  Suez will purchase 70 percent of the business, and the Canadian company, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, will purchase the remaining 30 percent. Suez chief executive, Jean-Louis Chaussade, has stated that the acquisition of GE Water abides by the company’s strategy to strengthen its position in the industrial water market.[2]


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The recently collapsed Azure Window of Gozo, Malta  Credit: Darrin Zammit Lupi via...

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DesalData Weekly - March 3rd, 2017

Posted 03 March, 2017 by Mandy

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INDIA’S SUPREME COURT has issued a landmark ruling to stop industrial operators from polluting the nation’s waterways.  The ruling requires operators to install primary effluent treatment plants (PETPs).[1] Chief Justice J.S. Khehar directed all state pollution control boards to officially inform all operators producing wastewater that they must install PETPs within three months. If they do not comply to these requirements, the government will disconnect their power supplies.


MEANWHILE, IN CHENNAI, the Expert Appraisal Committee of...

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