Agriculture, United Nations
Minister visits commissioned Spanish desalination plant
Spain's minister for environment and rural and marine affairs, Rosa Aguilar, visited the 20,000 m³/d Bajo Almanzora seawater desalination plant in Almería province on 20 September 2011 on the occasion of its commissioning.
Opportunities await at IDA World Congress 2017 in Brazil
Latin America, and particularly Brazil, is a big user of desalination and water reuse technology, and there is huge potential for the growth of these technologies in the region, writes Emilio Gabbrielli, president of the International Desalination Association (IDA).
Israel/Canada pact to promote wastewater reuse
Israel and Canada are to work together on wastewater reuse following a ministerial meeting on 9 December 2012 in Jerusalem.
IDA joins with UN's FAO to address water scarcity in agriculture
The International Desalination Association (IDA) is to partner with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), and its Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) initiative.
IDE to hold workshop at key UNEP meeting in Kenya
Leading desalination company IDE Technologies will be presenting its Progreen reverse-osmosis desalination technology at the 12th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya on 20-22 February 2012.
UN gives EIA guidance for desalination
In September 2008, the United Nations Environment Programme released a new guidance document entitled Desalination - Resource and Guidance Manual for Environmental Impact Assessments.
IDA unveils lineup of speakers for water reuse conference
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has secured a stellar lineup of keynote speakers for its International Conference on Water Reuse and Recycling 2018, led by Spain's secretary of state for the environment, Maria Garcia Rodriguez.
Egypt pledges $51 billion for water projects over 20 years
Egypt is stepping up efforts to address water scarcity, pledging EGP 900 billion ($51 billion) for a national water management plan over 20 years.
SWCC poised to invite bids for mobile desal capacity
Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is poised to invite bids from mobile desalination providers to augment supplies until its planned large scale projects start producing.
Most-read: our top 20 stories of 2018
The year 2018 was dominated by big project tenders in the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia. Water. desalination + reuse rounds up the top stories from our industry.
Saudi's Al-Fadhli gets the go-ahead for nine new desalination plants
Saudi Arabia has an ambitious $530 million programme to build nine new desalination plants on the Red Sea coast within 18 months, the minister of environment, water and agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli has revealed.
Kenya considers plans for capacitive desalination plant
A 25-year project to transform the Kwale County region of Kenya is to include a capacitive desalination project, reports Citizen News.
Torrevieja desalination plant to double capacity
Spain's ministry of agriculture and environment is to double capacity at the Torrevieja desalination plant, reports local newspaper The Leader.
IDA World Congress 2017 award winners in full
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has recognised the best technical papers and other contributions at IDA World Congress 2017 with a roster of special awards.
IDA names Sanz new president as World Congress opens in Sao Paulo
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has named Miguel Angel Sanz, director of strategic development at Suez treatment infrastructure, as its new president for 2017 to 2019, as IDA World Congress 2017 opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday 16 October 2017.
Highlights to watch at IDA World Congress 2017
Technical program chair Miguel Angel Sanz introduces his highlights from the line up at IDA World Congress 2017
FCC Aqualia bags E3million contract against 'reckless' competitors
FCC Aqualia has won the contract to operate Burgos wastewater treatment plant in northwestern Spain against other "recklessly low" financial tenders.
WaterReuse awards recognise people and projects
The WateReuse Association has unveiled its annual award winners of people and projects that have made significant contributions to water reuse.
Malta to redevelop defunct desalination facility on Gozo island
A defunct desalination facility on Malta's Gozo island is to be redeveloped and brought back into use.
Eiffage and Tedagua clinch Djibouti desalination contract
French engineering firm Eiffage Genie Civil in consortium with Tedagua of Spain has won a contract to build a desalination plant in Djibouti, east Africa.
Morocco to build a desalination plant in Casablanca-Settat
Morocco is finalising a feasibility study and financial and institutional structures for a new seawater desalination plant project, reports L'Economiste.
Evoqua continues water technology purchasing spree
Evoqua has continued on its acquisition trail with a clutch of purchases covering wastewater solutions and irrigation components.
Desal at the centre of India-Israel state visit
Desalination and water policy was at the centre of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel last week (4 to 6 July, 2017).
Cosin calls for better water education, warns of project delays
CEO of Almar Water Solutions Carlos Cosin has warned of potential delays to projects owing to a skills shortage in the water industry, and has proposed creating a new Masters in Water degree to plug the skills gap.
Abengoa's project in Agadir, Morocco, expands in size and scope
Abengoa is to expand capacity of a desalination plant project in development, and to construct additional capacity for irrigation purposes, in Agadir, Morocco.
Is water in the grip of a skills crisis?
In an engineering-heavy sector such as water, it's a truism that well qualified people are thin on the ground. But is it more accurate to say that the global water industry in the grip of a skills crisis?
Namibia's desal ambitions are aired again
Officials in Namibia's Erongo region have again spoken of their ambition to acquire a local desal facility owned by French firm Areva, as they repeat aims to build a second desal plant.
IDE Technologies wins desal project at Mai-Liao Power Plant, Taiwan
IDE Technologies is to build and operate a seawater reverse osmosis desalination facility at Mai-Liao Power Plant in Yunlin County, west Taiwan.
The Long Read: The changing EPC landscape
There is a big shift going on in the water sector, and it's exemplified by the Suez-GE deal. While the focus of services offered by engineers has always ebbed and flowed along a spectrum of consultancy, design work, systems integration, and delivery, nowadays customers' decision-making processes are pushing at the boundaries of these traditional project service offerings.
Chile project envisions multiple mining clients for solar-powered SWRO
Energias y Aguas del Pacifico (ENAPAC), a proposed solar-powered seawater desalination plant and water transport project aims to support expansion of mining operations in Chile's Atacama region.
SWCC to shape up operations as privatisation begins
Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has hired DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) to brush up operational performance across the organisation in preparation for privatisation.
India looks to Israel for water solutions
India and Israel are negotiating an agreement that will result in closer ties between the two countries on desalination and agriculture, reports Hindustan Times.
Best of World Water Day 2017
Water. desalination + reuse rounds up the social projects, scientific discoveries, prize launches, and other initiatives from the desal and reuse community on World Water Day, 22 March 2017.
Japan firms to supply desalination expertise to Saudi Arabia
Several Japanese companies have signed up to provide desalination technology and commercialisation expertise to Saudi Arabia, reports Asian Review.
Spanish firms visit Egypt on project-led trade mission
Desalination was on the agenda at the Egypt-Spain Multilateral Partnership 2017 Forum, held in Cairo, 6 to 7 March 2017.
"We are selecting the best presentations from 323 abstracts"
Miguel Sanz, chair of the technical program for IDA World Congress 2017, introduces the main themes and highlights to look forward to at this year's event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Hyflux to sell controlling stake for $290 million
Hyflux has agreed to sell a 60 per cent stake for SGD 400 million ($290 million) to a consortium of Indonesia's Salim Group and Medco Group.
Singapore's Hyflux to sign desalination deal with Saudi's SWCC
Hyflux is to deliver three seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants to Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in a deal worth SAR 687 million ($183 million).
Saudi Arabia sets out radical shake up of desalination policy
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has earmarked $50 billion for new eight desalination plants, and aims to sell 29 existing facilities.
Saudi outlines privatised future for desalination and reuse
Saudi Arabia will tender desalination projects to private investors in the future, reports Saudi-US Trade Group (SUSTG).
Namibia plans feasibility study to underpin PPP desal project
Namibia is looking to build a new 70,000 m3/d desalination plant in Erongo Region under a public-private partnership (PPP), as the country gets close to finalising PPP legislation, reports New Era.
Winners of awards for water reuse projects unveiled
America's WateReuse Association has unveiled the winners of this year's awards for leadership in water reuse.
Namibia in a water "predicament" says minister
The Namibian government has passed up the chance to acquire a desalination plant because the N$3 billion ($216 million) asking price from French multinational Areva is too high, reports New Era.
Australian industry-led proposal for water research gets the green light
A proposed new industry-led water research centre in Australia has passed its first hurdle by being shortlisted for funding by the Australian government.
Call for innovations in water, women and agriculture
The US, Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden have again joined forces to offer millions of dollars to innovators who enhance food productivity by improving water efficiency in agriculture.
Saudi Arabia outlines desalination strategy as part of economic reforms
Saudi Arabia is to increase the proportion of desalinated water produced by private operators from 16 to 52 per cent by 2020.
US farmers look to water reuse, as reservoir level drops
Water reuse in agriculture is gaining ground in the USA as farmers and water technologists seek to overcome the domestic water supply shortages caused by drought. The latest figures from the US Bureau of Reclamation show that water levels at Lake Mead, Nevada, the largest reservoir by capacity in the USA, hit a record low of 1,074 feet in March.
Desalination capacity expanded in Barbados
The capacity of an existing desalination plant in Barbados will be expanded by three million gallons, according to local media outlet Nation News.
Software checks produced water treatment for farm use
Artificial intelligence-based software developed by Water Planet is being used to evaluate the performance and economics of treating produced water for agricultural reuse in a pilot project in Wasco, California.
Dow project seeks to promote reuse
Dow Water & Process Solutions, is participating in one of ten European Commission-funded projects that aim to stimulate innovation and improve cohesion in Europe's water reuse sector.
Chile mulls desalination for drought-blighted regions
Chile's chamber of deputies has approved a resolution calling for an investigation into the feasibility of building desalination plants and prioritizing regions hardest hit by drought.
H2O Innovation picks up contract trio to boost order book
Canada-based H2O Innovation has won two new contracts in Canada and one new deal in the US.
Pipeline could rein in Emirates' desalination investment
A giant pipeline between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) could stem the Middle Eastern states' investment in desalination according to an Emirates businessman.
Water Planet wins produced water contracts
￼Water treatment technology firm, Water Planet, has won a contact to provide industrial wastewater treatment and reuse systems for two recycling centres in California, USA that could recycle oil and gas industry produced water at nearly 20 Ml/d.
Barbados ponders more desalination to tackle water scarcity
Barbados is very likely to soon have another desalination plant according to minister of agriculture, food, fisheries and water resource management, David Estwick.
Abu Dhabi rejects more desalination despite growing water stress
Environment Policy and Planning at Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has rejected upping desalination as a means to counter growing water scarcity in the emirate, opting instead for conservation and reuse.
Veolia venture finishes Spain's Campo Dalias desalination
A joint venture led by Veolia Water Technologies' Spanish operation has completed the 97.2 Ml/d Campo Dalías reverse osmosis desalination plant in the south of Spain.
Namibia nears deal on Areva desalination plant
The Namibian government has claimed to be close to completing its acquisition of a N$ 3 billion (US$ 220 million) desalination plant owned by French engineering giant, Areva. Negotiations over the deal started in 2014. Local newspapers have reported that both parties were expected to conclude their offers by the end of this month.
Plastics group ponders suppliers for 100 Ml/d desalination project
Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group is considering several major international suppliers for its NT$ 5 billion (US$ 150 million) project to build Taiwan's first large-scale desalination plant. The 100 Ml/d facility will be constructed on the site of one of Formosa's naphtha crackers at Mailiao, Yunlin County to alleviate the impact on the naphtha plant of forecast droughts.
Giant solar desalination project plans US$ 10 million public offering
Shares in what would be California's first commercial-scale solar desalination plant issued by WaterFX will this year form a US$ 10 million state-registered direct public offering (DPO) in the state.
Obama ups federal powers to curb river pollution
US president, Barrack Obama, has stepped up federal protection of the country's waterways and drinking water supplies with a rule that clarifies which water courses and bodies may be covered by the 1972 Clean Water Act.
Texas passes bill to deliver water resources
Texas has referred a major bill designed to boost desalination projects in the state to the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs Committee.
Norwegian desalination barge venture seeks Israeli expertise
Norwegian company, EnviroNor, is recruiting Israeli expertise to provide the water-processing technology necessary for its project to convert secondhand oil barges into floating desalination and wastewater treatment plants.
Delayed Torrevieja plant pays penalty
The close-to-complete largest desalination plant in Europe at Torrevieja, Spain has lost € 55 million (US$ 63 million) in funding because it has failed to meet operational deadlines according to recent reports.
Australian study finds way to up value of desalination for farming
Scientists at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have found that the addition of nutrients could make desalinated water more financially attractive to farmers.
Desalitech lands US$ 11 million in venture capital funding
US desalination firm Desalitech has landed US$ 11 million in venture capital from existing investor, Liberation Capital, along with AquAgro Fund. The money will help Desalitech expand sales of its water purification products, the company said.
Go small and local on desalination warns Saudi water expert
President of the Saudi Water and Power Forum (SWPF) Dr Adil Bushnak, has warned that Saudi Arabia must end its rising dependence on "costly" centralised desalination plants.
Namibia moves to buy Areva desalination plant
Namibia has moved on its declared intention to offer to buy Areva's 20 million m³/d water desalination plant in the country.
Israel Chemical sells water treatment arm to Kurita in US$ 317 million deal
Israel Chemical (ICL), has sold its water treatment business, APW, to Japanese water treatment giant Kurita Water Industries for €250 million (US$ 317 million). The sale was part of ICL's aim to divest non-core assets.
Brussels seeks options on how to up water reuse
A European Union (EU) public consultation on "policy options to optimise water reuse in the EU" is approaching its close as the bloc seeks to exploit a "significant potential for further development of water reuse" among member states.
Morocco seeks private investors for US$ 27 billion water plan
Morocco's water minster, Charafat Afilal, has unveiled plans to let private capital take the lead in developing desalination and irrigation projects as part of a US$ 27 billion programme to ease the burden on the country's water resources.
Namibian government poised to table offer for Areva desalination plant
Namibia's government is poised to table an offer to buy Areva's seawater desalination plant at Trekkopje and to use the 20 million m³-a-year facility to supply the country's semi-arid Erongo region.
Xylem wins US$7.3 million Bahrain wastewater upgrade deal
Switzerland-based water technology company Xylem has signed a US$7.3 million contract with Bahrain's Ministry of Works to upgrade a wastewater treatment facility in the Bahrain capital Manama.
Spanish opposition calls for end to paralysis of giant desalination project
Opposition politicians in Alicante, Spain have called on the country's central government to implement the completion of two, long-delayed reverse osmosis desalination plants to avoid urgent problems in the province amid a current drought.
Yemen poised to build first desalination plant
Yemen is set to build its first desalination plant. The $300 million project is a response to growing water demand as the country's natural water resources have become dangerously depleted.
Public meeting set for San Joaquin water reuse EIS
The US Bureau of Reclamation has set a public scoping meeting for 13 May 2014 as part of the environmental impact statement (EIS) process for the proposed North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program (NVRRWP) in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Solar mobile desalination plant inaugurated in Egypt
The Egyptian State Information Service reported that a mobile water desalination plant powered by solar energy was inaugurated in Marsa Matrouh governorate on 18 April 2014.
Desalitech and Veolia tie up Mexican MoU
Desalitech Inc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to bring advanced cost‑effective high‑recovery water solutions to Mexico and additional countries worldwide.
Chinese commercialize sea-ice desalination process
A Chinese company could be producing at least 1 billion m³ of fresh water by desalination of sea ice by 2023, according to a report by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua on 14 January 2013.
New quartet joins RWL's Aeromix and Nirosoft
RWL Water has recently added four new staff to its group companies Aeromix and Nirosoft.
Florida state official urges more seawater desalination
Florida, which is about to become the third most populous state in the USA, has been urged by its agriculture commissioner, Adam Putnam, to invest more in seawater desalination to combat water scarcity.
California to promote reuse and streamline permitting
In the future, most new water in California will come from a combination of improved conservation and water use efficiency, conjunctive use (coordinated management of local surface and groundwater), recycled water, drinking water treatment, groundwater remediation, and desalination.
LiqTech lands follow-up membrane order from China
LiqTech International Inc of Denmark has received an additional purchase order for its silicon carbide (SiC) membranes from RIPE (Huzhou), a Chinese membrane system integrator.
Desalitech appoints Spinhirne as marketing VP
Desalitech, which markets the innovative Closed-Circuit Desalination system, has appointed ex- Siemens man Mike Spinhirne to be the company's senior vice president.
Desalination works for agriculture in right circumstances
Population growth, food security concerns, climate change impacts on agriculture, freshwater resources overuse and land degradation worldwide are forcing international scientific communities to look for alternative approaches to our current resource management approach. This includes all aspects of our water resources including desalination. There are a number of benefits for desalinated water use in the agricultural sector. The most obvious one is that the technology produces an additional water resource. However, costs are a major limitation, and less expensive options are likely to be more attractive for agriculture. This article first appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.
2015 World Water Forum will be held in South Korea
The World Water Council has announced that the next World Water Forum will be held in Daegu - Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea.
Palestinian president gets UfM Gaza desalination report
A detailed report regarding the progress of the Gaza Desalination Facility project was presented to the Palestinian president, Mahmound Abbas, at a meeting on 17 June 2013 by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).
Reclamation funds reuse in California and New Mexico
Five congressionally authorized water reclamation and reuse projects in California and New Mexico, USA, will receive cost-shared funding for planning, design and construction of their projects, following a Bureau of Reclamation announcement on 21 May 2013.
GRA web seminar to look at California salt plans
CalDesal, the California desalination non-profit organisation, is joining a web seminar on Workflow for Salt and Nutrient Plans on 15 May 2013 presented by the Groundwater Resources Association with the Association of California Water Agencies.
Chilean solar desalination demo precurses pilot project
A demonstration solar-powered desalination plant was installed in mid‑March 2013 in Arica, Chile, by Fundación Chile, in advance of a pilot project for irrigation purposes.
IDE wins brackish water desal plant contract in Israel
IDE Technologies has won a project to build and operate a brackish water reverse osmosis (BWRO) plant in Emek Hamainot, Israel.
World Bank publishes report on Arab water reuse
Total water reuse in the Arab world is estimated at 2,170 million m³ per year, according to a report just published by the World Bank summarising the findings of the Expert Consultation Meeting on Wastewater Management in the Arab World, convened in Dubai in May 2011.
US$ 10.6 million grant for water-reuse schemes
The US Bureau of Reclamation announced on 4 May 2012 the selection of seven projects in the Mid-Pacific Region to receive more than US$ 10.6 million in WaterSMART Title XVI water recycling and reuse funding.
IDA releases program details for Morocco conference
The International Desalination Association released details on 19 January 2012 of the Program Highlights of the Desalination and Sustainability conference which will take place on 1-2 March 2012 in Casablanca, Morocco.
Online registration open for EDS solar desalination course
Online registration is now available for the European Desalination Society's course on Desalination with Solar Energy in Almeria, Spain, on 18-20 April 2012, which can be combined with the EDS conference in Barcelona on 23-26 April.
IDA on road to Morocco in March 2012
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has announced the first event of its kind in the North Africa region, a conference on desalination and sustainability in partnership with the Societé Marocaine des Membranes et de Dessalement (SMMD).
Egyptian solar desalination
The Egyptian Gazette reported on 22 September 2011 that Egypt's scientists have developed a solar-power based technology to reduce the cost of water desalination from LE 10 (US$ 1.67) to LE 4 ($0 67) per cubic metre.
Five Minutes With: Rod Naylor, GHD market leader for water, Australia
Rod Naylor is to join GHD as market leader for water in Australia, where the firm has worked on all the big six desalination plants
Radcliffe to chair Australian water recycling committee
Dr John Radcliffe, who currently chairs the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE) Water Forum, has been appointed chairperson of the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence Research Advisory Committee.
Oil company invests US$ 2.5 million in Saltworks desalination
Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy Inc is investing Can$ 2.5 million (US$ 2.56 million) in Vancouver-based desalination startup company Saltworks Technologies Inc.