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December, 2006

Saudi Arabia considers underground dams instead of desalination

Higher authorities in the Kingdom are currently studying an SR20 billion water bank project to meet the country’s growing water requirements. According to Muhammad Habeeb Al-Bukhari, an expert at the Water Research Center of King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, the project is designed to meet local water requirements for the next 21 years. Bukhari, who has participated in preparing a study on the project, said it would be carried out in the southern Tihama region that receives a lot of rainwater and has suitable locations to establish underground dams to store water closer to Makkah, Jeddah, Taif, Madinah, Baha and Abha regions that require a large supply of potable water. He said the government thought of this cheaper alternative after finding desalination costly and damaging to the environment. There is also difficulty in supplying spare parts required by the Kingdom’s desalt plants on the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. The government has already spent more than SR50 billion on desalt plants in the past years. Arab News_ 12/24/06

Taunton, Massachusetts water and sewer systems to realize financial benefits from regional desalination project

The 16-mile drinking water pipeline from the Taunton River to Brockton will result in more than $1 million in the city's coffers, City Solicitor Steven A. Torres has said. Aquaria Water LLC is building the plant, but in order to reach its customers in Brockton and Norton, the pipeline must cross Taunton's borders and infringe on city rights of way. The city has been negotiating with the company for three years on the deal. A tentative, 20-year deal between Aquaria and the city was reached earlier this month, but the City Council has yet to ratify it. The council is expected to discuss the contract Tuesday and hear the Aquaria presentation, which should include financial details and general construction terms. Building the plant will provide Brockton with 1.2 million gallons of drinking water each day when it opens in 2008. Norton has signed on as the second Aquaria customer. The desalination plant will sit on 25 acres in Dighton on the Taunton River and will process the salt water that flows into the waterway as the tide goes in and out. Taunton Gazette_ 12/23/06

Yet another delay for Tampa Bay Water's troubled desalination plant

Already three years overdue, it will be delayed again until March. And if the Apollo Beach plant misses that deadline, it may threaten the utility's ability to meet increasing water demands. Dry winter months already have forced the utility to tap its reservoir earlier than usual. If the desalination plant isn't working by the start of the dry season in April, the utility and its 2-million customers are likely to pay the price in restrictions on water use. And it will likely deal the desalination industry as a whole a big setback. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker focused on the potential penalties facing the contractor, a German-Spanish consortium called American Water Pridesa, for missing its deadline. The answer: $10,000 a day, although the final amount is subject to negotiation. Construction of the Apollo Beach plant, the largest in the United States, was launched in 1999. It was supposed to begin operating by 2003, aiding the utility with an alternative source of drinking water in times of drought. The plant has been plagued by problems from the start, ranging from contractors going bankrupt and Asian green mussels clogging its water intakes to the discovery that many of the plant's water pumps had rusted. Then, when Tampa Bay Water tried to hire someone to fix the plant two years ago, the bids came in well above the $14-million estimate. American Water Pridesa, which won the contract, bid $29-million. The repairs were supposed to be finished by October, but the company pushed the date back to just before Christmas. Last month, company officials informed Tampa Bay Water executive director Jerry Maxwell that they would not be done until sometime after Jan. 1. Then came Monday's announcement that the new goal is the end of March. St. Petersburg Times_ 12/19/06

Spain's Acciona confirms India desalination plans

An Acciona spokesperson said the company is looking to invest in India, confirming earlier press reports. The constructor is in the process of selecting a location for a wind farm in India, and is also tendering for a US$160 million desalination plant in the Gujarat region, the spokesperson confirmed. afx/Forbes_ 12/19/06

Test desalination plant to go up near California’s Moss Landing within a month
A temporary desalination plant no bigger than a railroad car will be propped up on the periphery of the Moss Landing Power Plant, an attempt by California American Water to see if it can extract the salt from ocean water and turn it into drinking water. Friday, Kevin Tilden, a spokesman for the water company, said the purpose of the yearlong $1.5 million pilot project is to determine whether a permanent $200 million desal plant is capable of supplying potable water to thousands of residents of the Monterey Peninsula. Since 1995, the water company has been under the gun to wean itself off Carmel River water in the name of protecting the life of fish and start thinking about alternatives, Tilden added. Santa Cruz Sentinel_ 12/16/06

Doosan Heavy wins US$510 million contracts to build a desalination plant and other work in Oman
South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. said Friday it has received orders worth US$680 million for three plants in the Middle East from Suez Energy International, a Belgium-based energy company. The orders call for Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction to build two plants in Oman for $510 million and the other in the United Arab Emirates for $170 million. Doosan Heavy will construct a desalination facility with a capacity to supply 120,000 tons of drinking water for 300,000 people a day and a 678-megawatt power plant in Oman's northeastern coastal city of Barka by April 2009, the company said. Yonhap News_ 12/15/06

Japanese group to invest US$1 billion in North Maluku, Indonesia
Japanese investors belonging to a group known as the North Moluccas Project have earmarked US$1 billion for several investment projects in North Maluku, Indonesia, including a desalination plant to service the country's mineral water industry, a local official said. Antara_ 12/13/06

Suez-led consortium to build desalination plants in Oman

The French utilities group Suez said yesterday that a consortium it leads had won contracts to build a power plant and desalination plant in Oman. Suez chief executive Gerard Mestrallet said the orders were worth a total of $800 million. The furnishing of electricity and water over 15 years would also generate sales of $3 billion, Mestrallet added. Suez said the consortium had won a contract to build and operate a 678-megawatt power plant in Oman and to acquire an existing state-run 665 megawatt power plant there. The Peninsula_ 12/12/06

Spain to get two new desalination plants
The director of the ACUAMED state water company, Adrián Baltanás, announced in a press conference on Tuesday that two new desalination plants to be built in Alicante province will be able to provide the Segura Basin with a guaranteed supply of 140 cubic hectometres of water, ‘whether it rains or not.’ Construction of the two plants in Torrevieja and Águilas is expected to start in January, with a maximum completion period of 23 months. Typically Spanish_ 12/12/06

Residents protest site chosen for Spanish desalination plant

A residents platform in Balanegra has announced that they plan to ask for a meeting with the central government representative for Almería province, Miguel Corpas, to discuss the site chosen for a new desalination plant to serve the Campo de Dalías. They want him to mediate with the state water company Acuamed to change the site from the current choice in the Rambla de Balanegra. The residents say an alternative site in El Palmer would have fewer negative consequences as it is further away from population centres. TypicallySpanish.com_ 12/10/06

Australia's New South Wales government rules out tighter water restrictions despite record low dam levels

At 3pm (AEDT) yesterday the available storage in Sydney's water supply reservoirs was 37.5 per cent. Dam levels had remained around 40 per cent largely because of huge transfers of water from the Shoalhaven River to Warragamba Dam. A spokesman for NSW Premier Morris Iemma said the government would only go ahead with the recently approved controversial desalination plant in Sydney's south if dam levels dropped below 30 per cent. AAP/Courier Mail_ 12/8/06

Veolia to be Australia drought relief partner; wins 1 billion euro desalination contract

The Veolia Water unit of Veolia Environnement said it was chosen by the government of Queensland, Australia, as its operating partner for a 1 billion euro drought relief project. It also said Queensland's government and Gold Coast City have awarded Veolia Water and John Holland Group a contract to build and operate a desalination plant that will result in sales of around 210 million eur for Veolia Water over the contract's initial 10-year period. The drought relief project, launched amid Queensland's worst-ever drought, will involve recycling water for industry from treatment plants around Brisbane. The desalination plant will serve the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland. Both projects are scheduled to be built and operating by 2008. AFX/Forbes_ 12/5/06

November, 2006

GE Global Research, Texas Tech University partner to develop affordable water desalination systems

GE Global Research is the centralized research organization of the General Electric Company. The goal of the partnership is to increase the quantity and quality of clean water available in arid areas around the United States and globally. The GE-Texas Tech partnership will focus on the integration of renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines, with membrane desalination processes. The development of the integrated renewable energy-water system has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of creating new sources of freshwater from impaired resources, such as brackish water, by directly addressing the major component of operating cost of desalination systems – energy. News Release/Business Wire_ 11/28/06

India to have mega desalination plant by 2007

The Department of Science and Technology is working on a proposal to set up a desalination plant with a processing capacity of 10 million litres per day off the coast of Chennai by 2007, Union Minister for Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said on Saturday. Another plant off the Chennai coast, with a capacity of one million litres per day, would be inaugurated by January 2007, he said inaugurating the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta School of Biosciences at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. The Hindu_ 11/26/06

Karachi, Pakistan desalination plant to begin working next year

The Defence Housing Authority’s (DHA) Power and Desalination Project is proceeding satisfactorily and the plant was likely to be fully operational by early next year, said the DHA’s administrator Brig Kamran Aziz Qazi, Thursday. The availability of 3 mgd water from the desalination plant coupled with an additional 3 mgd from the K-3 project as promised by the city district government Karachi, would significantly resolve the long-standing shortage in the area. PPI/Daily Times_ 11/24/06

Germany's KSB Aktiengesellschaft wins major Chinese power plant seawater desalination contract

The KSB Group will supply a total of 43 pumps for the “Huaneng Yingkou Power Station“ expansion project in the People’s Republic of China. Located at the Gulf of Liaodong in the province of Liaoning, the Huaneng Yingkou power plant is part of a special economic development zone. It is the first so-called “supercritical power station” in China providing a generation capacity of 600 MW. This particular type of power plant is capable of achieving the maximum efficiency currently possible. The order amounting to several million euros includes the supply of power station pumps and a number of specially designed corrosion-resistant pumps. The majority of the pumps to be supplied are manufactured in China. News Release_ 11/23/06

Jordan seeks to trade sun for cutting edge European solar energy technology, including water desalination uses

Secretary General of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, Khalid Shraideh, told reporters at a press conference late last week that the problem of storing solar power has now been solved by modern technological developments, paving the way for an expansion in the use of this renewable energy source. The topic will be high on the agenda of a series of meetings organised by the council November 27-28, when senior officials and experts will gather for the 12th Scientific Week to discuss "Energy, Water and Human Environment."

Cooperation with Europe falls under the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) initiative. Founded in 2003, the initiative works to develop a practical concept for energy, water and climate security in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, bringing together a network of scientists, politicians and experts in the field of renewable forms of energy and their development. MENAFN_ 11/21/06

Perth residents get Australia's first major desalination plant

Perth residents today began drinking water from the Indian Ocean with the opening of Australia's first major desalination plant. Water from the $387 million seawater desalination facility at Kwinana, south of the city, began pumping through Perth's supply system, Premier Alan Carpenter said. It will supply 17 per cent of the city's water when it ramps up to full capacity in two months time, he said. The plant, built as part of a joint venture between Multiplex Group and French-based water treatment specialist, Degremont, is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest of its kind in the world. It is powered by electricity generated by the Emu Downs Wind Farm near Cervantes on the western WA coast. news.com.au_ 11/19/06

Sydney, Australia moves closer to a saltwater desalination plant

Minister for Planning Frank Sartor said he approved a development application for a desalination plant at Kurnell. Mr Sartor said the approval did not mean a desalination plant would necessarily proceed. "What it does is to ensure that should the need arise for such an option to be exercised, it will be able to proceed." After public opposition the State Government in February shelved its plans for an energy-intensive and expensive desalination plant in favour of greater reliance on groundwater. Yesterday Minister for Water Utilities, David Campbell, said the desalination plant would go ahead only if dam levels fell to 30 per cent. At 3pm yesterday dams were at 39.1 per cent, a 0.4 percentage point fall from the previous week. The city's major dam, Warragamba, is being artificially boosted by water from the Shoalhaven River. At present only about 3.3 per cent of all water used by greater Sydney is recycled. Future recycling schemes will not take full effect until 2015. Sydney Morning Herald_ 11/17/06

Morro Bay, California's 15-year-old desalination plant only used in emergencies, like now

The plant's been out of operation since 2004, but Public Services workers began bringing it online today to combat high levels of nitrates in the drinking water drawn from area wells. The desalination plant was built in 1991, during the height of the state's drought. Since then, it's been used in emergency situations to keep the city supplied with safe drinking water. In this case, the high nitrate groundwater is being pumped into the plant and the nitrates are taken out of the water. The desalination plant is expected to continue running for at least a month, while investigators figure out why the nitrate levels spiked at the city's wells. KSBY_ 11/17/06

Self-contained desalination plant gives Jeddah Hilton drinking water and wastewater independence

Deep in the bowels of Jeddah’s Hilton hotel, far from the eyes of guests and the public, are two remarkable pieces of engineering — a desalination plant and a sewage plant. Tucked into one corner of the desalination plant is a small bottling plant providing hotel employees with 25 liters of free water a day. All water from any outlet in the hotel — bathrooms, laundry, kitchen and even the fountains in the lobby — is drinkable and of the same standard as bottled water. The other side of the equation — what happens to the waste when the water has been used — is taken care of as well. All the waste systems — from bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and even the storm drains — supply huge underground storage tanks through a gravity-piped network. The effluent is then pumped into the hotel’s own high-tech 1,500-cubic-meter-a-day treatment plant. Arab News_ 11/12/06

GE unit gets $6.5 million Indian desalination plant deal

GE Water & Process Technologies on Thursday said it had secured a $6.5 million contract for a desalination plant from India's Tata Chemicals Ltd., and that it expects revenue in India to jump 20 times by 2010. GE Water, a unit of General Electric Co's GE Infrastructure, will provide Tata Chemicals a mobile sea water desalination plant for four years on a build-own-operate basis, according to a statement from GE. GE Water plans to invest $100 million in similar build-own-operate projects and other local infrastructure in India, the statement said. Reuters_ 11/9/06

Metito emphasizes private sector involvement to alleviate regional rising water shortage

Metito, the international desalination, water, and wastewater Treatment Company, urged that the private sector must become more involved in solving the severe shortage of water the MENA region by assisting in the infrastructure of countries. This call to action was made by Metito at the World Islamic infrastructure finance conference (WIIF) that took place in Doha, Qatar on the 5th – 6th of November. The focus of the inaugural conference was to fast track infrastructure development with new insights into the latest mechanisms for financing complex infrastructure projects. Al Bawaba_ 11/8/06

Sydney, Australia's dam levels worse than feared

The real water supply was lower than officially reported and now perilously close to the trigger under which the Government would be forced to build a desalination plant, according to the Government's former water regulator. Former senior Sydney Water executive Charles Essery, sacked in 2003 after warning the Government Sydney was running out of water, claimed bureaucrats were "fudging" the figures on dam levels. The official dam level yesterday dipped below the critical 40 per cent mark to 39.7 per cent, under which Premier Morris Iemma said groundwater – not yet available – would be extracted. However, Mr Essery told The Saturday Daily Telegraph yesterday that the real figure was closer to 33 per cent because Sydney Catchment Authority was assuming access to deep water storage which was also not yet available. The Government has said it would start building a desalination plant when levels reached 30 per cent. Daily Telegraph_ 11/4/06

October, 2006

China turns to salt water to ease drought

Drought-stricken China, where hundreds of millions of people are without regular access to drinking water, is turning to desalinated sea water to help end the crisis, the government said on Tuesday. Apart from widespread drought, factories have ignored pollution hazards and dumped toxic industrial waste into rivers and lakes in China, home to one-fifth of the world's population but only 7 percent of its water resources. China desalinated 120,000 cubic meters of sea water per day last year. It was not immediately clear how China, which is also desperately short of fuel, would power the energy-hungry desalination plants. More than 600 medium- and large-sized cities in China were now suffering "serious water shortages", Water Resources Minister Wang Shucheng said this month. But Wang said a proposed system of tunnels stretching 300 km (190 miles), and costing more than the $25 billion Three Gorges Dam hydroelectric mega-project, was unnecessary, unscientific and not feasible. Reuters_ 10/30/06

Saudi water expert looks at ways to end Jeddah's water crisis

Jeddah’s water crisis has stemmed from the inability of the region’s water desalination plants to keep pace with their industrialisation programme, according to a Saudi water exploration expert. Dr Riaz Ahmed, technical adviser and ground water exploration manager at Abunayyan Drilling Co, said that the problem could be addressed at three levels — by adding more modules to the water desalination plants; by making use of the ground water reserves that can last 20 years or more; by recycling wastewater for irrigation and cleaning purpose thus easing pressure on the available water reserves. He said the cost of drilling water comes to SR7 per cubic metre for desalinating seawater as against less than SR1 per cubic metre for drilling well water. According to Feheid Al Sharief, governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest producer of desalinated water with total daily production of more than three million cubic metres. Khaleej Times_ 10/28/06

Saudi entrepreneurs invited to set up desalination plants in Indian territory of Puducherry

According to Education Minister M O H F Shajahan, who returned from Saudi Arabia after performing Haj on Monday, entrepreneurs, who were experts in desalination projects, would visit Puducherry soon. "I held discussions with Saudi Arabian entrepreneurs, who evinced interest in visiting the Union Territory," he told reporters here on Tuesday. The Minister said the team would also study the Government's proposal for recycling sewage water. PTI/The Hindu_ 10/26/06

Greece builds world's first autonomous, floating, ecological desalination platform

The Aegean Sea has the first floating desalination platform in the world, built entirely based on Greek know-how, design and construction. The wind generator it features produces the necessary energy used to turn sea water into drinking water and it is built in such a way that can operate in the most adverse weather conditions, while the platform can be moved to different islands to supply them with drinking water. This undertaking has a major ecological dimension as well, because wind as an energy source reduces to zero any unfavorable environmental consequences. ana.gr_ 10/26/06

Seawater desalination to generate electricity in China's Shandong Province

The Ocean and Fishery Bureau of Shandong Province announced that three large, coastal power plants will begin using seawater as their water source to ease pressure on fresh water resources. At Huangdao Power Plant, the treated seawater accounts for approximately 50 percent of water used by the plant. Currently, two seawater desalting machines are being designed, each with the capacity to desalt 10,000 tons of water. These two machines will be put into operation next year. In 2008, Huangdao Power Plant will become the first power plant to use desalted seawater to generate electricity. The other two power plans using seawater are Huadian International Laizhou Power Plant and Guodian Penglai Power Co., Ltd. People's Daily Online_ 10/25/06

IDE Technologies Ltd. to build 2 desalination units in Kazakhstan for $14 million

The Caspian Sea units will produce 12,000 cubic meters of water a day for the Kazakh national power station. It will supply water to the power station’s boilers and drinking water for the residents of the adjacent city of Aqtou. IDE is a joint venture of Delek Group Ltd. and Israel Chemicals Ltd. The desalination units will be built in Israel, and delivered to Kazakhstan by sea and land and begin operating in late 2007. IDE has already supplied Kazakhstan two thermal units, which produce 500 cubic meters of water a day. It has also supplied two 3,000-cubic meter units for an oil refinery in Turkmenistan. IDE has built 360 desalination facilities around the world. In Israel, the company is a member of the consortium operating the Ashkelon desalination facility, considered the world’s largest. Globes Online_ 10/24/06

Private Esperance desalination plant moves to take over water supply in Australia's Goldfields region

The Water Corporation is expected to start negotiating with private desalination proponent United Utilities Australia to supply water for the entire Goldfields region after State Cabinet yesterday agreed to appoint an independent negotiator to broker the deal. The company wants to build a $440 million desalination plant at Esperance and 400km of pipeline to carry up to 24 gigalitres of water into the Goldfields in its first year of operation, scheduled for 2009. UUA needs the Water Corporation contract to underpin its proposal. The State economic regulator Lyndon Rowe has said that the Water Corporation should be “unconcerned” about the source of Goldfields water as long as price and quality were consistent with current arrangements. Ministers were tight-lipped about Cabinet’s decision yesterday but they were believed to have accepted Mr Rowe’s recommendation to appoint an independent negotiator to help broker a deal between UUA and the Water Corporation. The West Australian_ 10/24/06

Oman Tender Board awards RO72 million for desalination and other construction projects

The projects included constructing, owning and operating of the new power and desalination plant project in Barka and privatisation of Rusayl Power Company. The board also approved change orders for several other water projects. Times of Oman_ 10/17/06

GE increases inventory of desalination technologies to meet demands in Middle East & Africa

Responding to increasing demand for advanced desalination technologies in Africa and the Middle East, GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, announced today that it is increasing the region's inventory of its newly launched standardized brackish and seawater desalination technology. GE's latest offering of desalination technology is capable of producing up to 6000 m3/day of high quality potable water while also helping to minimize the region's water shortages. By increasing inventory of this cutting-edge technology, GE will be better positioned to serve customers in region with accessible and quick deployment, low costs, and high quality, usable water that is produced in an efficient and effective manner. AME_ 10/16/06

Ship-based desalination plants proposed for the Monterey, California coast

The proposed seawater conversion vessels being promoted by Water Standard Co. and PBS&J Engineering provide "an environmentally responsible, 'green' solution," said PBS&J senior vice president Charles "Skip" Griffin. PBS&J is an engineering company specializing in program management, process design and construction supervision of large water purification and wastewater facilities, including seawater desalination plants and aquarium life support systems. Water Standard, headed by founder and CEO Andrew Gordon, holds patents for turning seawater into fresh water that provides environmental protection for marine life with the intake of seawater and a system for deterring "plumes" of brine and heated water emissions. They say their approach provides a reliable, safe water source while avoiding many environmental issues that crop up when a land-based desalination plant is proposed. The group is looking to build ships capable of processing 20 million to 200 million gallons of water a day, he said. The supplies would supplement, not replace, land-based supplies. Such a vessel could be built in two years. While no water treatment ships on the scale the group envisions have ever been built, Griffin said, "I like to say we have 2,000 prototypes" operating on cruise liners and Navy ships that turn seawater to freshwater while plying the world's oceans, designed by Pall Corp., a leading company in water filtration and separation technologies. Monterey County Herald_ 10/12/06

California Coastal Commission approves $4 million Santa Cruz pilot sea water desalination plant

City officials hope the temporary testing facility, to run for one year, proves desalination technology will work here so plans can begin for a permanent facility that would address long-term water-supply solutions. It will be built at the University of California Santa Cruz's Long Marine Lab. The pilot plant — to produce 72,000 gallons of potable a day — would be the prelude to a $40 million desalination plant planned for around 2009 if tests prove the technology is suited for this area, and if the bigger project earns local and state approval. City Water Director Bill Kocher said Santa Cruz has gone without a new water source for 30 years and would struggle today to keep taps flowing in the case of a drought. Santa Cruz Sentinel_ 10/12/06

Pakistan desalination and power projects to undergo new environmental review

The Sindh High Court directed federal ministry of environment on Monday to establish environment tribunals to review a desalination plant and power plant now under construction. The environmental approvals for the projects were challenged by an NGO, Shehri, which argued they would release extremely hot water into the sea, harming marine life and disturbing the entire eco system. Attorney General of Pakistan Makhdoom Ali Khan submitted to the court that a balance between industrialization and ecology was essential and that development and environmental protection must progress together. Pak Tribune_ 10/10/06

Australia's Yorke Peninsula gets planning approval for salt water desalination plant

After months of delay, District Council of Yorke Peninsula received formal planning approval from the State Government last Thursday for the construction of the salt water desalination plant at Marion Bay. The project's four 130,000-litre holding tanks have been in position for some time. Council hopes to have the plant up and running by early next year. Current cost estimates for the project are around A$350,000, with Council having obtained grants of A$55,000 to date to assist with construction work.  Country Times_ 10/10/06

Taiwan's state run water agency to build two seawater desalination plants

Taiwan Water Corp said it will build two seawater desalination plants this year in Makung and Hsiyu on the outlying Penghu islands, in the wake of Penghu's increasing demand for water. Two old seawater desalination plants in Makung and on Wanan Island will also be renovated, the spokesman added. The corporation's deputy chief manager, Chen Fu-tien, said Penghu's demand for water has been increasing along with the development of tourism, prompting the need for more seawater desalination plants. Taipei Times_ 10/8/06

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority reopens bidding for the Jebel Ali desalination plant

The original DEWA tender process for the Power and Desalination Plant M did not receive the minimum number of bids required by law for the contract to be awarded. The revised closing date for tenders is 5 December. The plant is to be constructed at the existing Jebel Ali power station complex adjacent to the Station L Phase II plant currently under construction. It will have an electrical capacity of 2,000MW and purify around 480 million litres of seawater daily. The project scope of works is split into separate packages for the power and desalination plants. Firms are invited to tender for one or both packages. ITP Business_ 10/7/06

Kuwait urges Iran to cooperate with international community to prevent desalination contamination

A Kuwaiti diplomat to the United Nations (UN) has urged Iran to continue cooperation with the international community over its nuclear program, Kuwait News Agency reported Thursday. Jassem al-Najem, a diplomat of the Kuwaiti permanent mission to UN, warned of the environmental dangers that might occur due to establishment of Bushehr's nuclear reactor along the Gulf coast, especially for those neighboring states that depend on desalination of sea water as a main source for tap water. He made the remarks Wednesday night before the UN General Assembly's first committee talks on "Disarmament and International Security". Xinhua_ 10/6/06

Poseidon to try again for California approval of desalination plant in San Diego County

The company is vying to build the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. It said it would answer technical concerns raised by California's coastal watchdog and refile its application by the end of October. The California Coastal Commission last week rejected a proposal by Poseidon Resources to build a plant for converting sea water into drinking water in Carlsbad, in northern San Diego County. The commission said it wants more information about how the plant would function if an adjoining power plant stopped using sea water to cool its electricity-making engines. Regional water officials have called the proposed $270 million desalination plant critical to filling San Diego County's water demand. AP/San Diego Union-Tribune_ 10/3/06

Saudi water expert cites need for more desalination to end Jeddah's water crisis

A leading Saudi water exploration expert says that Jeddah’s water crisis has stemmed from the region’s water desalination plants’ inability to keep pace with their industrialization program. Dr. Riaz Ahmed, the technical adviser and ground water exploration manager at Abunayyan Drilling Co, disclosed the information to Arab News saying he hoped that the new water company that is being set up under the instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah would take prompt measures to enhance the water desalination capacity and also encourage the private sector to participate in this field. The problem, according to him, could be addressed at three levels — by adding more modules to the water desalination plants; by making use of the ground water reserves that can last 20 years or more; by recycling wastewater for irrigation and cleaning purpose thus easing pressure on the available water reserves. Dr. Ahmed invented a cementation device in 2004 to increase the life span of a well by 25 to 30 percent. Arab News_ 10/2/06

Consolidated Water to build Bermuda desalination plant

The Bermuda government has advised the company it was successful in its design, build and operate bid for the Tynes Bay desalination plant on the north coast of Bermuda, the company said in a statement. The project will have a 600,000 U.S. gallon per day seawater desalination plant, a standby electrical power plant and 1.27 miles of water delivery pipelines, the developer and operator of seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems said. The production capacity of the plant is designed for expansion to 1.2 million gallons per day, it added. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed and a company spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Reuters_ 10/2/06

Bahrain solar forum to explore water desalination

Bahrain-based private universities and educational institutions are being urged to participate in the three-day Arab Regional Solar Energy Conference from November 5-7. It will be held under the patronage of Electricity and Water Minister Shaikh Abdulla bin Salman Al Khalifa, and be organised by the University of Bahrain's College of Science in co-operation with the Inter-national Solar Energy Society (ISES). The conference will examine issues such as water desalination using solar energy, solar and fossil energy, Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism, sustainable buildings, wind turbines and solar energy for natural disasters. Gulf Daily News_ 10/1/06

Marin County, California $70 million desalination plant key issue in water district campaign

Plans for a $70 million desalination plant on the Marin shoreline have prompted debate among three candidates for a single seat on the Marin Municipal Water District board, but only one is adamantly opposing the project. Political veteran Frank Egger says the project is a terrible idea, but candidates David Behar and Brian Chase are taking a wait-and-see approach. The water district recently dismantled a $1 million pilot desalination plant at the Marin Rod & Gun Club that used bay water to produce drinking water. Tests are being conducted to determine the costs, impacts and engineering of a full-scale operation. Water district officials say a plant might help avert a water shortage. Preliminary figures indicate a plant would cost at least $70 million and use a lot of electricity, an energy increase equivalent to running a 100-watt light bulb 24 hours a day, or a second refrigerator - in every house in Marin County. Marin Independent-Journal_ 10/1/06

 

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