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Swcc and Hyrec sign MOU to use Hyrec's concentration technology at SWCC plants

Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Hyrec Technologies Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deploy Hyrec's Osmotically Assisted Reverse Osmosis (OARO) technology for Zero Liquid Discharge desalination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The new mega-size desalination facility will be situated on the Red Sea coast

Marubeni-led group wins Shuqaiq 3 project

A consortium led by Marubeni Corporation is to invest $600 million in Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant project in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis are running a competitive bidding process for the supervisory contract

Saudi's WEC prequalifies eight firms for supervisory contract

Saudi Arabia's Water and Electricity Company (WEC) has pre-qualified eight companies to provide supervisory consultancy services on its desalination projects.

The new research paper synthesises data to create a world map of brine production

UN urges desalination industry to improve on brine

The United Nations has called on the desalination industry to clean up its act on brine as the number of desalination plants worldwide continues to climb.

The most-read stories on desalination and water reuse in 2018 around the globe

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.

The cost per cube of desalinated water bid on the planned Taweela mega-plant in Abu Dhabi is among the world's cheapest

Seven bidders line up for Abu Dhabi mega-project

Abu Dhabi Department of Energy has unveiled the seven consortia bidding for Taweela desalination plant mega-project, with the lowest price coming from ACWA Power at $0.49 per cube.

The new adsorption-based facility will use solar energy to power the desalination process

Saudi Arabia to build solar-powered, adsorption desalination plant

Saudi Arabia is building a solar-powered desalination plant using adsoprtion technology, in one of seven strategic projects that include the nation's first nuclear research reactor.

SWCC's tender for nine desalination plants has been reissued

SWCC asks firms to resubmit bids on nine plants

Saline Water Conversion Corporation of Saudi Arabia has invited firms to resubmit bids on nine desalination plant projects that were brought forward in January 2018, reports MEED.

The new desalination capacity is part of Saudi Arabia's water sector privatisation programme

Bidding shapes up for Shuqaiq 3 desal plant

Six consortia have bid for Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant project in Saudi Arabia, a public-private partnership expected to include a 25-year concession.

ACWA Power has pipped rivals to the post by a single cent

ACWA Power shaves $0.01 off next-best price in Rabigh 3 bidding

ACWA Power is offering the most competitive price by $0.01 out of five bidding consortia for Rabigh 3 independent power and water project.

The contract was signed by Saudi minister of environment, water, and agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli (right), and Jesús Sancho, Acciona managing director for the Middle East

Acciona Agua wins E200 million Al Kohbar desal contract

Acciona Agua has won a Euro 200 million ($232 million) contract to design and build Al Khobar desalination plant on Saudi Arabia's east coast.

Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversation Corp has procured the desal units with a view to moving them around the country's coastline

SWCC procures three floating desalination units

Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation has procured three desalination units to provide floating capacity of 150,000 m3/d of drinking water over 20 years.

The demonstration project will draw on lessons from the Mega-ton Water System, whose aim was to create a paradigm shift in energy consumption for reverse osmosis desalination

Hitachi and Toray target 20 per cent RO energy reduction in Saudi demo

Hitachi and Toray are to demonstrate a low energy seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) system in Saudi Arabia, in a project that will draw lessons from the Mega-ton Water System.

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Piedmont signs new supply and distribution contracts

Piedmont, a producer of corrosion resistant equipment for desalination plants, has signed a roster of new supply and partner distribution agreements globally.

The new seawater desalination capacity will support development in Dhofar Governorate, Oman

OPWP signs ACWA Power, Veolia and Dhofar Development for Salalah project

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has signed ACWA Power Saudi Arabia, Veolia Middle East, and Dhofar International Development and Investment, on a build, own and operate contract for Salalah Water Desalination Plant.

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Suez and Middle East plants top 2018 Global Water Awards

Suez has scooped the Desalination Company of the Year Award, and Middle East facilities topped the desal plant categories at this year's Global Water Awards from Global Water Intelligence (GWI).

Jubail phase 3 water and power project is a significant move in Saudi Arabai's shift toward reverse osmosis

EOI request is out on Jubail phase 3 desal mega-project

Saudi Arabia's Water and Electricity Co has requested expressions of interest on Jubail phase 3, an integrated water and power project to include 1.17 million m3/d of desalination.

Shuqaiq is in the south of Saudi Arabia, near the border with Yemen

Saudi Arabia's WEC pre-qualifies bidders for Shuqaiq 3

Saudi Arabia's Water and Electricity Company (WEC) has pre-qualified 15 companies for Shuqaiq 3 desalination plant project.

Saudi Arabia is investing in temporary as well as long-term desalination capacity

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.

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GrahamTek wins contract for SWCC pilot project

GrahamTek of South Africa has won a contract for a desalination pilot project for Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's minister of environment, water and agriculture Abdulrahman Al-Fadlhi has welcomed investment to improve the country's desalination portfolio

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.

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast is the site for the two mega-size seawater reverse osmosis projects

Saudi Arabia's WEC seeks developers for two mega projects

Water and Electricity Company (WEC) of Saudi Arabia has requested expressions of interest on two new mega seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant projects.

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Saudi's PIF to raise stake in Acwa Power

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) is to raise its stake in Acwa Power to 40 per cent up from 25 per cent, reports Reuters.

The new membrane facility will serve markets across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia

DuPont opens membrane factory in Saudi Arabia

DuPont Water Solutions has opened a new membrane manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia.

Hyflux is pursuing a restructuring of its liabilities

Hyflux exits contract with SWCC amid company reorganisation

Hyflux has quit a contract with Saudi Arabia's Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for three seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plants, amid moves to restructure the company.

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Top 20 water-stressed countries with solar potential

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has named the world's top 20 most water-stressed countries which have the most solar energy potential.

The Saudi government aims to generate up to SAR 40 billion ($10.7 billion) through privatisation

Saudi Arabia outlines privatisation plans for water, and more

Saudi Arabia has outlined its privatisation programme to generate SAR 35 to 40 billion ($9.3 to $10.7 billion) in non-oil government revenues by 2020.

Cyprus mobile desalination dismantled

A €30 million (US$ 33 million) mobile desalination unit constructed to supply the city of Paphos on Cyprus's southwest coast is being disassembled after years of near idleness, according to local press.

Drought stricken California county looks to nuclear plant desalination plant

California's San Luis Obispo County board of supervisors has approved a sewage reclamation project that could add treated wastewater to an aquifer and the expansion of a desalination facility at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant as emergency water supply options.

Mississippi researchers win funding for low-temperature desalination

Mississippi State University (MSU), is to use US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding to work on a low-cost desalination process.

H2O Innovation to grow in Mexico

Canada-based water treatment specialist, H2O Innovation, is expanding its business activities in Mexico.

Oman signs US$ 300 million water project agreement

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, the sultanate's sole procurer of new power generation and water desalination capacity, has signed water project agreements worth 115 million rial (US$ 300 million).

Veolia in mineral recovery partnership at inland desalination plant

Texas-based company, Enviro Water Minerals (EWM), is to deploy its novel mineral recovery technology in a partnership with water and waste giant, Veolia, to produce potable water from brackish water desalination effluent.

Antigua seawater desalination plant poised for start

West Indies island, Antigua is currently testing a reverse osmosis seawater desalination facility which could come on stream in March.

Australian state approves temporary desalination plant

Australia's Queensland state government has approved a US$ 7 million temporary desalination plant to supply a community near Townsville on Palm Island with water for nine months.

Far East trio size up Suez Canal zone for desalination

Singaporean company Hyflux, along with Japanese industrial giants, Mitsubishi Matoto, and Toyota Tsusho have started feasibility studies for power plants and water desalination facilities in East Port Said, Egypt.

Private players are reshaping desalination says report

Private water companies are "reshaping global desalination" with nine of the top ten capacity additions in 2015 coming from private sector players according to market researcher Bluefield Research.

South African desalination project comes under press fire

Water supplier for South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, Umgeni Water, is considering a proposal to build a seawater desalination plant on the Illovo River within the next five years to cope with growing demand in its Upper South Coast region.

Free IDE webinar this month offers insight into giant reverse osmosis plant projects

IDE will be leading a free online seminar (webinar) this week; Overcoming The Hurdles of Mega-Sized RO Desalination Plants in partnership with D&WR.

Masdar graphene study bags Abu Dhabi research prize

A graphene desalination membrane research project was among six proposals from Abu Dhabi's sustainable technology-focused university, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, that each won a AED 2 million (US$ 500,000) Abu Dhabi Education Council Award for Research Excellence.

Orange County reaffirms backing for Huntingdon plant

California's Orange County board of supervisors has reaffirmed its support for a proposed US$ 1 billion desalination plant at Huntington Beach despite a forecast fall in anticipated water demand growth.

Biwater picks up two desalination deals in California

Water project company, Biwater, is soon to begin work on contracts for the design, supply and supervision of installation of reverse osmosis (RO) equipment of two desalination expansion projects in California.

Hitachi Zosen develops waste-fired desalination

Hitachi Zosen has targeted the Middle East markets with its development of a desalination system that uses heat from waste incineration to produce potable water.

Modern Water in tie up with Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock

Water and wastewater treatment technologies firm, Modern Water has signed an agreement with construction, operation and maintenance services company, Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East. The deal covers the joint development and commercialisation of Modern Water's proprietary forward osmosis technology, in multi-stage flash (MSF) desalination plants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

AMTA and AWWA announce ward winners

The American Membrane Technology Association and the American Water Works Association recently announced the winners of four awards at this year's Membrane Technology Conference & Exposition.

Indian city retail quarter to get desalination plant

The giant retail quarter of Indian city Chennai, Thyagaraya Nagar is expected to get a new 41 Ml/d desalination plant that would supply some 300,000 residents.

St Kitts and Nevis ponders desalination

Caribbean dual-island state, St Kitts and Nevis' minister of public infrastructure, Ian Liburd has revealed that the government is considering seawater desalination as one of two options for tackling water shortages on the islands that have led recently to rationing.

Membranes attract LG Chem investment focus

Korean chemical giant, LG Chem, is focusing its investment on its water treatment operation built on its acquisition of NanoH2O as one of three business strands chosen as "more promising" and showing "growth potential".

Fifth project enters the Masdar trial

An ongoing energy efficiency trial, in Abu Dhabi, of four new desalination plant designs is to get a fifth participant.

Rejected slant well could work

A water intake system previously rejected for a proposed desalination plant at Huntington Beach could be viable if it is used differently, according to environmental organisation, Orange County Coastkeeper.

Fourth Chennai desalination plant in the offing

Plans for a fourth desalination plant at the Indian city of Chennai moved forward recently following a visit from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to consider finalising its funding for the project.

CalAm opts for recycling over desalination

In a testimony supporting a major groundwater replenishment project, president of water supplier, California American Water (CalAm), Rob MacLean, has told the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) the proposed project was preferable to building a large desalinated facility.

Mumbai rejects desalination

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) - the governing council for greater Mumbai - has turned down a proposal to set up desalination plants on the grounds of cost of the water produced and lack of land.

Italmatch buys Solvay desalination and additives businesses

Speciality chemicals firm, Italmatch Chemicals Group, has acquired Solvay's desalination, phosphonates and phosphonic acid-based water additives business for an undisclosed sum.

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.

Black & Veatch picks up deals in Hong Kong and Singapore

Consultant, Black & Veatch, has won contracts to provide key roles in two planned desalination projects in Hong Kong and Singapore. Both projects, according to Black & Veatch, will set new design and energy-use benchmarks for water treatment plants.

Morocco's first solar-powered desalination starts up

Morocco's first solar-powered desalination plant has started operations near Marrakech.

Experts urge Gulf investment in desalination energy efficiency

Two prominent water experts have urged Gulf Cooperation Council utility providers and businesses to invest in energy efficient desalination to reduce the technology's carbon footprint and high power costs.

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.

Developer rejects claims that Huntingdon Beach project could face flood risk

The developer behind a proposed desalination project at Huntington Beach, California has rejected claims that high tides over the Christmas weekend could signal a surge in flood protection costs for the plant.

Doosan Babcock wins maintenance and support deal at giant Taweelah plant

Energy engineering company, Doosan Babcock, has won a contract with Taweelah Asia Power Company (Tapco) to provide essential maintenance and technical support services for Tapco's desalination plant in Abu Dhabi.

California regulators seek less water restriction as Carlsbad kicks in

California regulators have proposed that a 25% state-mandated water conservation target should be eased off on grounds including the start up of major desalination and water reuse programmes.

Energy Recovery bags deal for giant Chinese desalination plant

Energy Recovery has won a US$ 2.3 million to supply its pressure exchange technology for a 100,000 m³/d desalination plant in China.

Dormant plant is on Victoria supply menu

The Wonthaggi desalination plant at Victoria, Australia has yet to deliver any water but switching on the multibillion-dollar desalination plant has become part of Victoria's water planning as the state remains gripped by drought and extremely high temperatures.

Oman's Sur expansion is 70% complete

Construction of Sharqiyah Desalination Company's expansion project for water desalination in Sur, Oman, is 70% complete. The extension project is expected to be completed by mid-2016, said project manager, Veolia.



San Antonio to get brackish desalination in 2016

The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) in Texas has announced that by October 2016 it will start up a brackish water desalination plant that will eventually become the largest in the US.

Wind damage prompts Sydney desalination critics to renew calls for closure

Winds topping 200km/h have ripped roofs off Sydney's dormant Kurnell desalination plant. Critics of the plant have called for it to be closed completely but New South Wales' water minister, Niall Blair, said abandonment would break the state's contract obligations.

Carlsbad opened

The US$ 1 billion Carlsbad seawater desalination plant in San Diego County, California has opened.

New York orders desalination standby to be scrapped

The New York state Public Service Commission (PSC) has directed Suez, to abandon its US$ 150 million Haverstraw desalination project following local pressure to scrap the plan in favour of conservation measures.

St Kitts ponders desalination plant to counter dry periods

A proposal to build a new desalination plant was among strategies being pursued by the St. Kitts and Nevis ministry of public infrastructure to ensure water supply can meet the growing demand of the population of the Caribbean island duo.

Utility piles US$ 330 million into Emirates water projects

Ras Al Khaimah-based utility, Utico, has invested AED 1.2 billion (U$ 326.7 million) in projects across the United Arab Emirates to meet their growing demand for power and water.

US agency picks trio for desalination project pipe deal

US water agency, California American Water (CalAm), has selected three firms to construct a 30km pipeline with pumping stations and storage facilities to deliver desalinated water from a planned facility under its Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

Masdar steps up ties with China

Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is stepping up its research collaborations, knowledge exchange and industrial partnerships, with China.

Don't let climate uncertainty stymie desalination investment says risk expert

Water and wastewater utilities must view climate change as a "disruptive opportunity" and not allow uncertainty to stymie investments in desalination and other resilience measures according to a UK risk management expert. Climate change created a business opportunity where "the most resilient will have an implicit lead over their competitors," the expert told a recent international forum.

Texas loan boosts Gulf of Mexico project

Texas has agreed a US$ 2 million loan for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) to fund a study into site and transport options for a power and water project including a seawater desalination plant on the Texas Gulf coast. The project will provide additional water supplies and add diversity to the region's water sources.

Fujairah expansion kicks off

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and Sembcorp Industries have completed construction and begun operation of a US$ 200-million expansion to the Fujairah 1 Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP) in the United Arab Emirates.

Global green group seeks to carve carbon emissions out of desalination

The Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance - H₂0 minus CO₂ initiative, launched at the current climate talks in Paris, has called on its 17-nation membership to use clean energy to power new desalination plants. The call was part of the alliance's aim to tackle the water-energy nexus and climate change.

Historic Israel-Jordan water deal scuppered by planners

Less than a week after ministers from Jordan and Israel launched pre qualification for an US$ 900 million desalination and water transfer project, local planning in Israel reject the proposed scheme.

Veolia Peru wins operation deal for mine desalination

Veolia Peru, has won a three-year operation and maintenance contract for a 4.1 Ml/d reverse osmosis desalination plant at the Cerro Lindo multi metal mine owned by Lima-quoted exploration and mining firm, Milpo.

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.

Egypt opts to grow desalination plant

Egypt's cabinet economic committee, under prime minister Sherif Ismail, has agreed to provide the funds required to complete expansion in works and production capacity at a seawater desalination plant in Hurghada.

Singapore's PUB set to adopt power saving desalination by Evoqua

Technology developed in Singapore by US firm, Evoqua, uses half the amount of electricity required by conventional seawater reverse osmosis the firm has claimed.

Boart Longyear wins slant well deal

California American Water (CalAm) has selected drilling firm, Boart Longyear, to construct seven to nine source water slant wells that would draw ocean water for a desalination facility proposed as part of CalAm's US$ 320 million Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project.

Veolia tops targets in Masdar desalination pilot programme

Interim findings by engineering giant, Veolia, from trials designed to up efficiency and develop renewable energy-driven desalination have already outstripped energy reduction targets the company has reported.

Australian island rigs up solar powered desalination

Rottnest Island, off the Western Australian coast, is constructing a solar power source for the island's population including its desalination plant.

Chile's copper mines will turn to desalination for half their water

Desalination will provide half the water demand of Chile's copper mining industry by 2026, according to findings in a report by the Chilean state copper commission, Cochilco.

Monterey desalination project seeks four-year deadline extension

US water supplier, California American Water (CalAm), along with local stakeholders has sought more time to complete its Monterey Peninsular desalination project.

Veolia signs Kazakhstan deal

Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kazyna Capital Management to implement jointly a seawater desalination plant in Kazakhstan.

Qatar ups desalination capacity

Qatar has upped its desalination capacity by 144 Ml/d after Qatar Electricity and Water's (QEWC's) inauguration of its US$ 504 million, Ras Abu Fontas multi-stage flash distillation plant A2. And QEWC has commenced construction work on its Ras Abu Fontas A3 desalination plant at Ras Abu Fontas, near Al Wakra.

PUB picks HSL Constructor for Singapore's third plant

HSL Constructor will build Singapore's third desalination plant in Tuas, the country's water supply agency, PUB, has announced. And PUB has awarded a consultancy services tender for a fourth desalination plant.

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.

Taiwan county seeks central backing for desalination expansion plan

Taiwan's Penghu county magistrate, Chen Kuang-fu, has urged central government to back the county's proposed expansion of its desalination capacity.



Trinidad residents struggle as Point Lisas closes for maintenance

Trinidad's water supplies will be placed under stress after the water and sewerage authority temporarily shuts down the Point Lisas desalination plant for maintenance creating a 10% shortfall in output.

Kwazulu-Natal district consults on seawater desalination

The Ugu district municipality on South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal south coast is exploring the possibility of desalination amid a "dire" water shortage.

South Africa's Cape ponders desalination as water crisis grips

The provincial government of South Africa's Western Cape is looking to water reclamation and seawater desalination as it considers its options for securing water amid a serious crisis.

Oman seeks bids for desalination inlets consultation

Oman Power and Water Procurement (OPWP) company has invited bids from consultancies to investigate the best sea-water intake and outfall location for two independent desalination projects.



Gulf nations poised for 40% boost to desalination output by 2020

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is poised to up its seawater desalination capacity by nearly 40% by 2020 to meet the growing demand for drinking water, according to a recent report.

LG Chem to supply eight desalination projects

LG Chem, has signed an US$ 8 million deal to supply reverse osmosis (RO) filters for eight seawater desalination projects in five nations from its newly constructed plant at Cheongju in South Korea's North Chungcheong province.

Venezuelan oil firm ups desalination to offset drought

Amid a persistent severe drought, Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA's Paraguaná refinery has upgraded its desalination facility to increase output by a third following investment in plant of some US$ 250 million.

EBRD in talks with Egypt on desalination finance

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is negotiating with the public private partnership (PPP) unit of Egypt's ministry of finance over possible private sector involvement in the unit's infrastructure projects including a desalination facility.


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