Dubai, Water Quality, Malta
Tunisia and Malta to share desalination expertise
Tunisia has signed an agreement with the Mediterranean island of Malta involving sharing of expertise on desalination plants.
RO consumes 4% of Malta's electricity, says new group
Reverse-osmosis desalination plants consume almost 4% of Malta's electricity supply, according to a statement from the newly-formed Malta Water Association (MWA) on 22 March 2011. The group, made up of hydrologists, engineers and other water experts, warned that urgent action is needed to protect Malta's water resources, which "are among the scarcest in the world and under severe stress."
Ceramic nanofiltration company gets big investor
ItN Nanovation AG, a start-up company in Saarbrucken, Germany, making nanofiltration ceramic products for the water industry, announced on 9 December 2010 a framework investment agreement with the US investment fund YA Global Master SPV Ltd, part of the Yorkville Group.
Three desalination workshops follow IDA World Congress
Three different aspects of desalination will be covered in workshops announced on 10 September 2009 by the International Desalination Association (IDA), which will follow its upcoming World Congress in Dubai.
Metito lands Bechtel SWRO desalination in Australia
Dubai-based Metito has landed two new seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) desalination plants in Australia and is currently nearing completion of one in Qatar.
Maltese desalination test-bed shows SalTec energy-recovery advantages
Throughout the desalination industry, plant operators are looking for long-term solutions with lower lifecycle cost because of the link between water costs and energy costs. In order to meet operators' demands and requirements, equipment manufacturers are investing considerable resources in the development of new technologies that will reduce energy costs. The Water Services Corporation in Malta is one example of a forward-looking operator of a seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) plant seeking to ensure the production of high-quality drinking water at an affordable price. Established in 1993 to produce and distribute potable water on the islands of Malta and Gozo, WSC has an annual production target of 35 million m to satisfy the needs of its 400,000 residents and in excess of one million tourists. With the drive to produce greater efficiencies and water quality WSC has taken an opportunity to investigate and monitor the potential of a new technology from KSB, the SalTec pressure boosting and energy recovery system. The SalTec DT pressure exchanger in combination with KSB's HGM RO high-pressure pump creates a highly attractive proposition for RO plant designers and operators. The SalTec DT system provides a nominal capacity of 250 m /h, giving it the capability to operate in plants with train sizes ranging between 4,400 m /d and 5,000 m /d of permeate at common recovery rates.
Kenya's a contender for IDA 2021 World Congress
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has shortlisted Mombasa, Kenya, among four finalists to host its 2021 World Congress, reports The Star.
IDA to return to Dubai for World Congress 2019
The International Desalination Association (IDA) is to return to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for its World Congress in 2019, building on the earlier success of the IDA World Congress held in the emirate in 2009.
Malta tenders Euro 10 million desalination project
The Water Services Corporation of Malta has issued a tender for a reverse osmosis plant at Hondoq Bay on the Island of Gozo.
FEDCO moves to new Dubai sales and service center
Fluid Equipment Development Company (FEDCO) has relocated its Dubai sales and service office to a new facility during November.
Jebel Ali M Station officially opened in Dubai
The United Arab Emirates' largest power production and water desalination plant, the Jebel Ali M Station in Dubai was officially opened on 8 April 2013 by the deputy ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Black & Veatch creates Gulf states regional manager
Mazen A Alami has been appointed Black & Veatch's regional manager in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.
"We're now at more than $100 million revenue." Doug Brown, AquaVenture chairman and CEO
AquaVenture chief executive Doug Brown has a track record of delivering shareholder value. When he joined water technology and engineering firm Ionics as chief executive in 2003, the struggling business was trading at $16 a share.
Parkson moves Middle East work back to USA
Parkson Corp of the USA announced on 15 June 2012 that it is consolidating the operations of its Middle East group into its international division. Parkson says this is to optimize the delivery of its water and wastewater treatment technologies to the rest of its customer base in other parts of the world.
DEWA defers Hassyan project indefinitely
After endless delays, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) announced on 18 April 2012 that it has finally deferred the Hassyan I independent power project (IPP), which would have had a 450,000 m³/d desalination component, until further notice.
Dubai cooling company deploys 3,000 m³/d RO plant
Emirates Central Cooling Corporation (Empower) in Dubai announced on 17 April 2012 that it was deploying reverse-osmosis technology in its plant at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) to produce an average of 3,000 m³/d of polished water.
New Dubai base for Black & Veatch
Engineering company Black & Veatch (B&V) announced on 11 January 2012 that it has moved its Middle East office to a new location in Dubai, UAE.
Oman desalination workshop to look at red tides
Experts from the Middle East and Australia are organizing a joint expert workshop on the dangers for desalination plants of harmful algal blooms (HABs), commonly called "red tides" in Oman on 8- 9 February 2012.
Acciona Agua makes two new MENA appointments
Spanish desalination company Acciona Agua has appointed José Díaz-Caneja as development manager, Middle East and North Africa.
FO pilot plant could follow HTI Dubai link-up
Forward-osmosis (FO) system manufacturer Hydration Technology Innovations LLC (HTI) has signed an international distribution, services and cooperation agreement for FO technology with Future Technologies LLC of Dubai. Future Technologies will distribute HTI's FO OsMem membrane technology for industrial applications.
Five newcomers voted onto IDA board
Five new faces are among the 21 members voted to serve on the board of the International Desalination Association (IDA) for 2011-13 as a result of the elections which closed on 13 August 2011.
Dubai amends laws to permit IWPPs
Following its announcement of its first independent power and water project (IWPP) at Hassyan with a 454,000 m³/d desalination plant, Dubai has amended the royal decree that set up the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) in 1992 to allow more IWPPs.
FEDCO opens Dubai sales and service center
US-based desalination equipment manufacturer Fluid Equipment Development Co (FEDCO) has opened a Middle East Sales & Service Center in Dubai, UAE.
Bids for Hassyan IPW project expected by October
Bids have been invited from a shortlist of 18 developers for the Hassyan I Independent Power & Water Project in Dubai, which will include a 120 MGD (454,000 m³/d) seawater desalination plant.
ACWA wins two membrane-based projects in Saudi
Two separate contracts for membrane-based water and wastewater projects in Saudi Arabia have been awarded to ACWA Emirates LLC of Dubai.
March tender for Dubai's 545,000 m³/d Hassyan desalination plant
Originally tendered in June 2008, the much-delayed 120 MIGD (545,000 m³/d) Hassyan desalination plant, with its associated 1,500 MW power station, is to be tendered in March 2011, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority announced on 27 February 2011.
Koch to give IDA Congress keynote speech
David H Koch, co-owner and executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc and president of Koch Membrane Systems, will deliver the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the International Desalination Association's World Congress in Dubai on 7 November 2009.
Innovations in IDA Congress technical program
Round-table sessions and touch-screen availability of poster presentations will be used for the first time in the International Desalination Association's World Congress in Dubai on 7-12 November 2009, IDA announced on 19 October 2009.
IDA releases more Congress details
More details have been released about the program for the 2009 World Congress of the International Desalination Association (IDA), which will take place during 7-12 November 2009 in Dubai.
Exova bags power plant testing deal in Abu Dhabi
Testing firm, Exova, has won a five-year contract to provide testing services for the Taweelah B power and desalination plant in Abu Dhabi.
Tender deadlines for Hassyan slip again
Three tenders for the Hassyan 1 (formerly Hassyan-P2) power and desalination complex have had their deadlines extended.
New website for IDA World Congress 2009 details
The International Desalination Association has issued its second announcement for its 2009 World Congress on 7-12 November in Dubai.
Dubai demand increase outstrips desalination supply
Statistics released by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to coincide with the Wetex 2009 exhibition (29-31 March 2009) show that demand for water rose by 10% last year, to 88,405 million imperial gallons (MIG) (just over 400 million m³).
Dubai delays Hassyan power and desalination project
Construction of the US$ 8.6 billion Hassyan power and desalination plant in Dubai will now not start before April 2010, according to reports from the UAE on 16 February 2009.
IDA Journal to debut at Dubai desalination conference
The IDA Journal, a new publication that will include peer-reviewed articles on the technical and scientific aspects of desalination, will debut at the 2009 World Congress of the Internatioanal Desalination Association in Dubai.
Dubai utility accepts bids for solar desalination project
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has accepted seven bids to develop a pilot solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination project.
Contamination security white papers released in USA
New security technologies for detecting and monitoring water supplies could be developed as a result of a contamination warning system (CWS) demonstration pilot project in the USA undertaken by CH2M Hill and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD).
ASTM to develop standard for fracking water quality
The US standards body ASTM International is to develop standards to be used by contract laboratories, water utilities and other requiring or developing methods for hydraulic fracturing in the oil & gas industry.
MF/RO plant may be Santa Clarita salt solution
A microfiltration/reverse-osmosis (MF/RO) advanced wastewater treatment plant is one of several options being considered by the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District (SCVSD) in California, USA, to deal with excessive chloride levels in the wastewater it discharges to the Santa Clara River from its two treatment plants.
Desalination help published with WHO drinking water standards
The World Health Organization launched the 4th edition of its Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality (ISBN: 978 92 4 154815 1) at the Singapore Water Week on 4 July 2011 - and also launched a separate guide for desalination.
Spanish water investment to hit € 1.2 billion this year
Desalination and water reuse projects are likely to be among the new water infrastructure projects worth € 700 million due to be tendered by Spain's Ministry for Environment & Rural & Marine Affairs (MARM) in the second half of 2011.
Finance agreed for Camarillo regional desalter studies
Two water districts and two - possibly three - cities in southern California have agree to finance studies for a regional brackish-water desalination plant to be located near Camarillo.
Visalia wastewater upgrade will be largest MBR in California
The City of Visalia, USA, is upgrading its wastewater treatment plant with membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology and will be the largest MBR plant in California when it enters service in 2013.
GE expands HERO licensing agreement
GE Power & Water announced on 1 February 2011 that it has completed a new expanded licensing agreement to allow it to continue offering High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis (HERO) systems to help more of its industrial customers increase their water usage efficiency and reuse capacity.
Bundamba wastewater reuse plant passes second quality test
The second Water Quality Report for the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant in Queensland, Australia, has confirmed the excellent quality of the purified water it produces and proved that the water is safe to add to the drinking supply, says government agency WaterSecure
Modesto water quality project gets Siemens MBR equipment
Equipment for a 12.6 MGD (47,700 m³/d) membrane bioreactor (MBR) system is to be supplied to City of Modesto, California, USA, by Siemens Water Technologies for the Jennings Road Water Quality Control Facility.
Stockholm water week seeks abstracts and seminars
Abstracts and seminar proposals have been invited for the 2010 World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, during 5-11 September 2010.
National Water Co 'to take over 15 Saudi cities by 2014'
The Saudi Arabian company set up to take over privatised water services, including desalination, will have 15 cities on its books by 2014, a senior official told media at the Wastewater Treatment and Reuse 2009 conference organised by MEED.
USEPA to enforce Clean Water Act better
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced on 15 October 2009 at a House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing that the agency is stepping up its efforts on Clean Water Act enforcement.
Dubai invites bids for turnkey solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination project
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a tender inviting bids for the design, installation and testing and commissioning of a pilot photovoltaic-powered pumping and reverse osmosis water desalination system.
India's IVRCL sells Chennai desalination plant to Utilico FZC
Infrastructure firm, IVRCL, has agreed to sell its Chennai desalination plant to Dubai-based water and waste company, Utico FZC.
Bids for giant Dubai power and desalination plant get more time
Dubai's state-owned utility has extended the deadline to receive bids for the expansion project at its M-Station power production and desalination plant by one month to October 15.
Hitachi buys Cumberland
Japanese engineering giant Hitachi Zosen has acquired Dubai-based electrochemical company Cumberland, for an undisclosed sum.
LG Chem bags five orders worth US$ 8 million
LG Chem has acquired new orders for water purification filters totalling US$ 8 million under exclusive deals with five desalination projects. The projects are at sites in Israel, Spain, Malta, Egypt and Mexico, the company said.
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.
South Africa declares drought a national disaster, weighs desal options
South Africa has declared a national disaster owing to the severe drought that is threatening to cease water supplies in City of Cape Town.
i2O opens new base in Middle East and North Africa
UK smart water network solutions firm i2O has opened its first office in the Middle East and North Africa to support clients in the region.
Almogordo trial for commercial-size solar desalination still
Indiana-based Suns River is nearing completion of a commercial-sized solar still at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Almogordo, New Mexico, USA, following the issue of a patent on its process (US #8,088,257) on 3 January 2012.
McCarthy in as new IDA secretary general
Shannon McCarthy has been appointed secretary general of the International Desalination Association (IDA) at IDA World Congress 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Q&A: Fisia's Silvio Oliva on why the Italian firm is expanding into Latin America
Fisia Italimpianti managing director Silvio Oliva says that the combination of demand for water treatment and desalination in Latin America makes the region a interesting prospect for investment.
Interview: Henry Charrabe, Fluence Corp
Henry Charrabe, newly appointed chief executive of Fluence Corporation, the company formed in July by the merger of RWL Water and Emefcy, has worked for the business' major investor Ronald Lauder for 16 years.
Engie acquires stake in cooling provider Tabreed
Engie has bought 40 per cent of National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) from Mubadala Investment Company, becoming its key shareholder alongside Mubadala, which retains 42 per cent.
Beijing desalination project 'aims at 3 million m³/d'
The residents of Beijing, China's capital, could be drinking desalinated seawater within five years, and the source could become a main supply in efforts to deal with the water shortage.
BEL wins Saudi pressure-vessel contract
BEL Composite Ibérica, Spain, has been awarded the supply contract for glass-reinforced plastic pressure-vessels for the 11,000 m³/d water treatment plant at Princess Noura bint Abdul Rahman University for Women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
How Saltworks has scaled up its desalination process
Saltworks was featured in D&WR after founders Ben Sparrow and Joshua Zoshi demonstrated a working, bench-scale desalination system powered by concentration gradients at the 2009 International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress in Dubai. Many expressed skepticism about their suitcase demonstration kit, but, two years on, they are still here and doing fine. This article first appeared in the August/September 2011 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.
DEWA receives five bids for Hassyan advisory role
Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has received five bids for advisory services on a 545,531 m3/d seawater reverse osmosis project in Hassyan.
Mott MacDonald buys up Wideurope Engineering
UK-based global consultancy Mott MacDonald has acquired Wideurope Engineering, whose portfolio features a number of power and desalination plants in the Middle East and south west Asia.
Top 10 most read stories of 2016
It was a big year for desalination and water reuse, with two major businesses up for sale, and mega plants grabbing the headlines. We present our top 10 most read stories of 2016.
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.
Final call for papers for IDA World Congress 2019
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has issued a final call for papers for its IDA World Congress 2019 in Dubai, 20 to 24 October 2019.
Fourth session track added to IDA World Congress
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has added a fourth track to the technical program for its World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse in Perth, Australia, on 4-9 September 2011.
Veolia to treat hazardous liquids at new Dubai plant
Veolia Water Technologies has won a contract with Dubai Municipality to engineer, procure and construct a hazardous liquid waste treatment plant.
Dubai prepares to add desalination capacity at Jebel Ali power station
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has unveiled details of a contract handed to an unnamed company to develop a new desalination facility at Jebel Ali power station.
Canadian low-energy desalination gets government boost
Saltworks Techologies Inc's low-energy desalination project is to receive up to Can$ 580,000 (US$ 577,000) from the Canadian government via Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
Veolia and NanoH2O hook up to test new membranes
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies and NanoH2O announced a five-year partnership on 10 November 2009 at the International Desalination Association's World Congress in Dubai.
Total world desalination capacity close to 60 million m³/d
The total capacity of desalination plants around the globe is 59.9 million m³/d, according to the 22nd GWI/IDA Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory. Details were released at a briefing held by the International Desalination Association at its World Congress in Dubai on 8 November 2009.
ACWA Group hires new chief to drive Middle East growth
ACWA Group has appointed Fadey Kassim as chief officer of sales and strategy to drive growth in the Middle East, particularly in the municipal and industrial water reuse segment.
Aqua commissioning desal/demin plant in Abu Dhabi
Aqua EPC LLC of Dubai, whose parent group Christ Water Technology is currently in the middle of a takeover, is currently installing and commissioning a 20,304 m³/d seawater desalination and demineralisation system for an industrial client in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Christ boards recommend takeover acceptance
The management and supervisory boards of Austria's Christ Water Technology AG recommended on 23 October 2009 that shareholders accept the offer of takeover from GLV Inc of Quebec, Canada, following an extensive evaluation of the offer document and all individual arguments.
UAE is eyeing alternative energy sources to power desalination
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is seeking proposals to study the feasibility of powering desalination by geothermal energy, reports The National.
IDA announces election results for board
The International Desalination Association has announced the results of the elections to its board of directors for 2009-11.
IDA to form Gulf desalination environmental task force
The International Desalination Association (IDA) plans to form a task force to explore the environmental effects of desalination on the Arabian Gulf and recommend strategies to mitigate potential impacts.
Hyflux secures financing for new SWRO plant in Qurayyat, Oman
Qurayyat Desalination SAOC, a subsidiary of Hyflux, has secured non-recourse finance of $185 million for a seawater RO plant in Qurayyat, Oman.
Solar powered desalination plant to open in Dubai this month: reports
A 50-cubic-meter-per-day desalination plant powered by solar energy is set to be launched in Dubai later this month, according to Utilities- me.com.
Oasys opens new office in Dubai
Forward osmosis specialist, Oasys Water, recently opened a new office in Dubai to bring on "industrial water treatment innovations in the Middle East."
Australia wins bid to host 2011 IDA World Congress
Perth in western Australia is to be the next host city for the International Desalination Association's World Congress on Desalination & Water Reuse in 2011. This is the first time the industry's premier event has visited Australia.
IDA members urged to vote for new board
The secretary-general of the International Desalination Association (IDA), Patricia Burke, has urged all IDA members to vote in the current election for the board of directors.
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.
FEWA evaluating Ajman desalination tenders
The Federal Electricty & Water Authority in the United Arab Emirates has received tenders from seven companies for a 7 MIGD (31,800 m³/d) plant in Zawra, Ajman and the transfer of a 3 MIGD (13,600 m³/d) plant to Zawra from Fujeirah.
DEWA and Saudi Aramco sign MoU on R&D
The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority and Saudi Aramco have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to include research and development (R&D) on desalination.
IDA redesigns website for online congress booking
The International Desalination Association announced on 27 March 2009 the launch of its redesigned website at www.idadesal.org. It has also opened online registration and hotel reservations for its 2009 World Congress in Dubai.
Doyen of Japanese desalination retiring
Dr Totaro Goto, former managing director of the Water Re-use Desalination Center (WDRC) in Japan and a former member of the D&WR Editorial Board, is to retire from the center at the end of March.
Joint venture to build US$ 196 million desalination plant at Ras Al Khaimah
A joint venture between Spain's Grupo Cobra and Emirates-based Utico Middle East is building a Dh 719 million (US$ 195.7 million) desalination plant in northernmost emirate, Ras Al Khaimah.
EGA plans $272 million power and water plant at Jebel Ali
Mubadala and Dubal Holding are developing a new power and desalination facility at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)'s smelter in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
IDA to launch Young Leaders Program
The International Desalination Association (IDA) will use its World Congress in Dubai in 2009 to launch a Young Leaders Program for younger industry professionals and students to promote opportunities in the industry, support career advancement, and provide a forum for communication and the exchange of ideas among committee members and the industry at large.
Shuaibah IWPP set for operation in February
ACWA Power International told lenders attending a status meeting in Dubai in late October that the Shuaibah independent water and power project in Saudi Arabia was on schedule with initial commercial operations date set for 5 February 2009.
Phase 1 of Palm desalination plants finished in Dubai
The first phase of a $ 120 million contract to build two identical seawater desalination plants on the Palm Jumeirah island development in Dubai, UAE, has been completed by ACWA Emirates LLC.
Jakarta's new plants poised to start supply
Commercial operation of three new desalination plants is poised to begin in Jakarta, Indonesia, after construction was competed successfully, reports wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Poseidon defeats legal challenge to Huntington Beach project
Sacramento Superior Court, California, has rejected a lawsuit demanding that developer Poseidon produce a new environmental study on the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Plant project.
'The water business needs consolidating', Dick Heckmann, PolyCera Membranes, board director
Richard 'Dick' Heckmann, founder in 1990 of US Filter, a business he sold nine years later for $8.2 billion, tells Water. desal + reuse why the water business needs consolidating, why he's backing PolyCera Membranes, and why California is 'the stupidest state on the planet'