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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."

A pilot Desalitech SWRO commercial plant

Desalitech closed-circuit technology set for BWRO project

Israel-based Desalitech Ltd announced on 7 April 2011 that it had been awarded a contract to design and build a reverse osmosis (RO) desalination system for Environmental Protection Technologies (EPT), a global company that leads the industrial wastewater treatment market in Israel.

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.

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.

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.

Qala village is at the eastern most point of Gozo Island, close to the main Maltese archipelago

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.

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.

Xylem and Mekorot sign technology evaluation accord

Xylem Inc has signed an agreement with WaTech®, the technological development center of Mekorot, Israel's national water company, to evaluate new water technologies and accelerate commercialization of innovative products and services.

Sadyt chooses ERI pressure-exchangers for Ashdod

Israel's giant Ashdod desalination plant is to use PX-Q300 energy-recovery pressure-exchangers supplied by Energy Recovery Inc (ERI) of the USA.

Sorek GRP pipe contract awarded to Protesa

A contract for the supply and installation of 2,900 m of glass-fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) piping has been awarded to Protecciones Plasticas (Protesa) of Spain for the Sorek plant in Israel, the world's second largest desalination plant to date.

US$ 400 million funding agreed for Sorek desalination

The consortium building the Sorek seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant in Israel announced on 23 May 2011 that it has entered into agreements to obtain US$ 400 million in project financing to construct and operate the plant.

IDE among top twenty smartest companies

In its 50th year in business Israel-based desalination company, IDE Technologies, has been ranked by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Technology Review as among the top 20 smartest companies.

Sorek to get Hydranautics 16-in desalination membranes

Nitto Denko/Hydranautics have been contracted to supply desalination membranes for what will be the world's largest seawater desalination plant with 16 in reverse-osmosis elements, which is being built in Sorek, Israel.

IDE desalination seminar trains Jordanians and Palestinians

Thirty participants from Palestine and Jordan completed a week-long desalination seminar in Israel in early November 2010.

BEL, Dow and Hydranautics to supply Sorek

BEL Composite Industries Ltd has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract to supply nearly 2,000 units of 16-in side-port pressure vessels for the Sorek seawater desalination plant in Israel.

Sorek desalination plant will reach 300 million m³/year

Israel's government on 20 June 2010 approved construction of the Sorek desalination plant, which could end up as one of the largest in the world.

Aerial view of the Hadera desalination plant.

Israel's giant Hadera desalination plant inaugurated

Israel's president, Shimon Peres, inaugurated the 275,000 m³/d Hadera desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis plant in the world at present, on 16 May 2010.

IDE confirms Sorek desalination win

Israel's IDE Technologies confirmed on 15 December 2009 that Sorek Desalination Ltd (SDL), a joint venture with Hutchison Water, had won the Sorek (previously Soreq) desalination plant tender.

Impression of the Hadera expansion.

PX energy-recovery for Hadera desalination expansion

Energy Recovery Inc's PX Pressure Exchanger™ (PX™) devices have been selected by IDE Technologies for the expansion of its seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant in Hadera, Israel.

PX energy-recovery units selected for Palmachim expansion

Energy Recovery Inc announced on 9 September 2009 that its PX Pressure Exchanger™ (PX™) devices have been selected for use in the expansion of the 115,000 m³/d Palmachim desalination plant, one of the largest seawater reverse osmosis plants in Israel.

The Hadera plant illustrated in front of its associated power station.

Hadera desalination extension finance fixed

Financing worth US$ 80 million has been agreed for the 74,000 m³/d expansion of the Hadera reverse-osmosis desalination plant in Israel, IDE Technologies announced on 3 July 2009.

Israel Electric looks for Hadera desalination maintenance

Israel Electric Corporation is negotiating to take over maintenance for the 275,000 m³/d Hadera desalination plant, currently under construction in Israel, according to the Globes financial newspaper.

Israeli government issues RFI for mobile desalination plants

The Israeli Governmental Authority for Water & Sewage issued on 6 April 2009 a request for information (RFI) concerning the installation of temporary mobile desalination plants.

Aerial view of Sorek desalination plant

World's largest SWRO desalination plant operational

The world's largest seawater reverse-osmosis plant, the 624,000 m³/d Sorek plant in Israel, is now fully operational.

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.

TEP expert dies in Galapagos fall

Professor Tom Berman, best known in the desalination world for his work on transparent exopolymer particles (TEPs), died last week after a fall during a vacation in the Galapagos Islands.

Oxnard AWPF currently under construction

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.

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 Advanced Water Treatment Plant, Queensland, Australia

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

Flowserve wins pumps and ERDs for Larnaca desalination

DWEER™ energy-recovery units and Flowserve DMX high-pressure pumps are to be supplied for the 60,000 m³/d Larnaca seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant currently being rebuilt in Cyprus.

The 16-in membrane elements installed in vertical pressure vessels at the Sorek site.

Sorek desalination planned to be ahead of schedule

IDE Technologies told Desalination & Water Reuse on 20 June 2012 that it planning to be ahead of schedule in its construction of the Sorek desalination plant in Israel in joint venture with Hutchison Water.

Pentair X-Flow UF pretreatment for Ashdod desalination

The giant Ashdod seawater reverse-osmosis desalination (SWRO) plant under construction in Israel is to have ultrafiltration (UF) pretreatment supplied by Pentair X-Flow.

BEL supplying RO pressure vessels for Ashdod

More than 5,250 pressure vessels are to be supplied to the 100 million m³/year Ashdod desalination plant in Israel by BEL Group.

IDE buys out Hadera operator partner

Desalination developer, IDE, is buying out its partner in the Hadera desalination plant operating company in a NIS 80 million (US$ 20 million) deal.

DWEER units chosen for Sorek desalination

The consortium building the Sorek desalination plant in Israel has ordered Calder DWEER units with an approximate value of US$ 10 million from Flowserve Corporation of the USA.

IDE celebrates its half-century 

Staff at IDE Technologies and their families have recently returned from a weekend of festivity in Eilat, Israel to commemorate the desalination company's 50th anniversary.

IDE claims production record at Ashkelon

Water treatment firm, IDE Technologies, has claimed that its seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant at Ashkelon, Israel, has reached a world record with 1 billion m³ of potable water produced since the start of its operation in 2005.

IDE reported winner of Soreq desalination contract

Israel Desalination Engineering and the Hutchison Group were reported by IsraelNN.com on 15 December 2009 to have been awarded a Shekel 1.8 billion (US$ 475 million) contract to build the Soreq desalination plant near Ashdod.

Israel Chemical puts IDE up for sale

Israel Chemicals (ICL) is selling its desalination engineering arm, IDE Technologies. The decision to dispose of the business followed days of speculation after the chemical firm announced a plan to focus on its core interests.

NanoH2O membranes chosen for Palmachim expansion

Two additional 36,000 m³/d trains are to be added to the Palmachim seawater reverse- osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Israel using QuantumFlux (Qfx) high-rejection membranes manufactured by NanoH2O Inc.

Disk-filters to protect Ashdod UF membranes

Filtration manufacturer Amiad has signed a contract, valued at US$ 1.67 million, to provide an Arkal Super Galaxy automatic disc filtration system (SpinKlin R) for the protection of ultrafiltration membranes at Israel's 100 million m³/year Ashdod Desalination Plant.

IDE plans layoffs as it switches focus overseas

Israeli desalination company, IDE Technologies, plans layoffs in its domestic operations and a greater focus on international markets.

IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse will make a return visit to Dubai in 2019

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.

Ashdod desalination plant gets financial approval

Israel's Ministerial Tender Committee for Desalination, under the Finance Ministry, announced on 7 July 2011 that it had accepted the proposal from national water company Mekorot to build the seawater desalination plant in Ashdod.

Water reuse in Sao Paulo agreement with Israel

Water reuse was near the top of a long list of issues for discussion when Israel's minister of industry, trade and labor, Shalom Simhon, signed a technical cooperation agreement on 16 May 2011 with Sabesp, the water utility for the state of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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.



Nirosoft hooks up with Nubian in Australia

Membrane system supplier Nirosoft, an RWL Water Group company, announced on 7 May 2013 a partnership with Nubian Water Systems of Australia enabling them to provide complete end‑to‑end sustainable water solutions in Australia.

Desalination firms among Israel delegation to southern California

Two desalination companies were among a delegation of leading Israeli water technology suppliers that shared their innovative water technologies with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and its member public agencies in Los Angeles on 24 March 2011.

Agreement at last on Ashdod water price

Israel's national water company, Mekorot, is reported to have won its battle against the Ministry of Finance over the price of water from the upcoming Ashdod desalination plant.

Israel Desalination Society conference set for Haifa

The Israel Desalination Society (IDS) has announced that its 12th Annual Conference, subtitled
 Desalination -- Visions for the future, will be held on 14-15 December 2011 in Haifa, Israel.

Israeli cabinet approves emergency desalination plan

The Israeli cabinet approved on 30 January 2011 an emergency plan to increase the production from the country's desalination plants and to push expansion to existing plants.

Accusations fly in Israeli desalination chaos

Chaos still reigns in Israel over the Ashdod desalination plant, which is now the subject of accusations from the national water company Mekorot against losing tenderers Shikun u'Binui (SKBN) and Global Environmental Services (GES).

Sorek desalination construction under way

Construction of the Sorek seawater desalination plant in Israel was begun on 16 January 2011 by SDL Desalination Ltd, a consortium led by IDE Technologies with Hutchison Water.

Israel and Jordan seal water-swap deal

Israel and Jordan have signed a bilateral agreement to exchange water and pipe Red Sea desalination brines to the shrinking Dead Sea.



Oceans will become less salty, Israel workshop told

The Mediterranean Sea will not become more salty due to the growth of desalination plants that leave salt residue behind, according to an Italian expert who participated in a decade-long census of world marine life, the Jerusalem Post reported on 21 December 2010.

Israeli water venture-capital firm signs up with GE

A strategic collaboration to help commercialize innovative water technologies was agreed on 1 December 2010 by Kinrot Ventures, an Israeli venture capital company specializing in forming and growing water companies, and multisectoral giant GE.

Israel to join top ten water stressed by 2040

The US-based World Resources Institute has forecast that Israel will be among the world's ten most water stressed regions by 2040. Almost half of those regions will be in the Middle East according to recent report by the institute.

ISO set to widen water reuse brief

A proposal to widen current International Standardization Organisation (ISO) work on water reuse for irrigation to include other forms of water reuse was put forward at the beginning of March by three member states, China, Israel and Japan.

Israel's infrastructure minister, Uzi Landau, addresses the EuroMed 2010 conference

Desalination for Peace motif for record-breaking EuroMed conference

"I believe that desalination is a key issue in peace," said Uri Shani, chairman of Israel's Water Authority, at the opening ceremony of the EuroMed 2010 - Desalination for Clean Water & Energy Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 4 October 2010.

Red-Dead project progress for discussion in November

Stakeholders in the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Study Programme will discuss the progress of five feasibility studies at a meeting in November 2010.

Israel working on Gaza desalination plan - Lieberman

Israel's foreign affairs minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said on 18 July 2010 that Israel was working on a plan to build desalination plants and water purification infrastructure, as well as power stations, in the Gaza Strip.

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.

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.

Desalitech launches US base and hires new staff

Desalitech Ltd, developer of the Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD) sytem, announced on 18 December 2013 that it will be establishing its US headquarters in Massachusetts. It has also hired four new staff in the US.

AquaSwiss to market IDE's MED technology in MENA and SE Asia

Desalination system manufacturer IDE Technologies announced on 4 May 2010 that it had signed a technology transfer agreement with AquaSwiss AG, a Switzerland-based provider of advanced water solutions

Netanyahu steps into Ashdod desalination argument

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered Israel's national water authority, Mekorot, the Finance Ministry and the Infrastructure Ministry to submit proposals for a cost-effective desalination plant in Ashdod within 30 days, according to Israel National News (Arutz Sheva).

Abstracts for EDS EuroMed 2010 needed by 15 February

A call for papers was issued on 3 January 2010 by the European Desalination Society (EDS) for its EuroMed 2010 conference and exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 3-7 October 2010.

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.

Amiad disc filters to protect Ashdod ultrafiltration

Amiad Water Systems has won a US$ 1.67 million contract to provide an Arkal Super Galaxy automatic disc filtration system (SpinKlin R) for the protection of ultrafiltration membranes at the Mekorot Group's Ashdod Desalination Plant, which will be one of the largest in Israel.

Soreq desalination tenders said to have low water price

The three consortia bidding for the Soreq desalination project in Israel have submitted bids of less than NIS 2.50 (US$ 0.66) per m³ of fresh water, according to a report from the Globes financial news source.

Spanish/Israeli JV awarded Ashdod desalination contract

Israel's national water company, Mekorot, announced on 18 November 2009 that the turnkey contract for the desalination plant in Ashdod had been awarded by its subsidiary, Mekorot Development & Enterprise, to the IVM joint venture of Minrav Holdings Ltd and Spain's Sacyr Vallehermoso SA unit, SADYT.

Hutchison leaves Ashdod desalination bidding race

The Israeli national water company, Mekorot, has confirmed reports from Israel that the Hutchison group has dropped out of the bidding for the Ashdod desalination plant.

Israel needs no more desalination this decade

Despite a record level of drought in 2014, Israel will not need to build more major desalination capacity this decade according to a new report by the country's Water Authority.

US$ 5 million raised by Israeli membrane developer

Israel's Advanced Mem-Tech, which develops innovative membrane filtration processes used in water treatment, announced on 12 March 2014 the completion of a financing round of close to US$ 5 million.

Finance secured for Palmachim desalination expansion

Financing for the expansion of Israel's Palmachim desalination plant from its current capacity of 30 million m³/year up to 45 million m³/y and ultimately even to 100 million m³/y was closed on 16 August 2009 by the Derech Yam Company.

Israel Desalination Society conference scheduled for March

This year's annual conference of the Israel Desalination Society will be a joint event with the Israeli Water Association and and the Israeli Water Works Association.

Siemens seeks bigger Israel desalination role

According to reports from Israel, Siemens is looking to up its stake in the 275,000 m³/d Soreq desalination plant from supplier to equity partner.

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New quartet joins RWL's Aeromix and Nirosoft

RWL Water has recently added four new staff to its group companies Aeromix and Nirosoft.

Palmachim desalination expansion officially opens

The expansion of the Palmachim desalination plant in Israel was officially opened on 17 January 2012.

Tender issued for Israel's largest desalination plant

The tender has been issued for Israel's largest ever desalination plant. The 411,000 m³/d plant will be in the Soreq region south of Tel Aviv close to the Mediterranean.

Soreq bidders wait for January

All four consortia bidding for the 275,000 m³/d Soreq desalination plant in Israel have passed the prequalification stage and have been told by the Inter-Ministerial Tenders Committee for Desalination that they will be invited to submit bids.

Desalination/reuse in UK/Israel water agreement

Desalination, water reuse and use of renewable energy in desalination and water reclamation were included in an agreement signed on 21 December 2011 between British Water, which represents the UK water industry supply chain, and MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Centre for Research & Development.

Ashdod desalination financing agreement signed

A financing agreement Tuesday to build and operate the Ashdod desalination plant in Israel for 25 years was signed on 13 December 2011 by a subsidiary of state-owned national water company Mekorot.

Tri-national desalination course held in Tel Aviv

A five-day desalination course jointly organized by the Jordan, Israel and Palestinian water authorities, in partnership with the Middle East Desalination Research Center, was held in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 30 October - 4 November 2011.

Desalination and reuse in Mexico-Israel water agreement

Desalination and wastewater treatment and reuse were part of an agreement signed on 14 November 2011 between the Mexican national water agency, Conagua, and Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor.

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.

GES takes control of Palmachim desalination plant

Global Environmental Solutions Ltd (GES) will take control of Israel's Palmachim seawater desalination plant after its acquisition of the 28% stake in the plant's facility company, Via Maris, previously held by Tahal Group International BV.

Israel planning offshore desalination plants - report

Israel's Water Authority is planning a series of desalination plants on offshore islands because of difficulties in finding suitable onshore sites, says a report on Haaretz.com.

Palmachim only Israeli desalination plant to agree extension

Only one of the three existing large desalination plants in Israel asked to submit proposals to the government for increasing their output has come up with an offer.

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.

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.

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.

MemPulse MBR equipment with air scouring technology significantly reduces energy consumption.

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.

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.

Ashdod desalination agreement finally signed

The agreement was finally signed in Israel on 8 August 2011 to establish Israel's fifth large seawater desalination plant at Ashdod through Mekorot Development & Enterprise, a spinoff of the national water agency.


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