Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima installs self-sufficient seawater desalination system, reducing plastic bottle waste – Japan

Under the management of General Manager Kaoru Honda, the resort hotel Hoshinoya Taketomi-jima in Taketomi-Cho, Taketomi Island, recently started supplying its drinking water by desalinating seawater.

The hotel hopes to reduce plastic bottle waste, which has become a problem on the island due to drifting garbage and littering.

With the introduction of the independent water supply, the hotel will no longer provide bottled mineral water in guest rooms. This will reduce about 50,000 plastic bottles per year.


Japanese players enter debut facility in Oman.-Japan

A project to build a seawater desalination plant in Oman has secured US$114mn from a number of Japanese banks with cover from Japan’s export credit agency

Nexi.MUFG Bank, SMBC and Shinsei Bank will extend the loan to the Al Asilah Desalination Company in the form of project finance.

Currently under design, the project is expected to launch operations in 2021.

Thereafter it will sell approximately 80,000m³ desalinated water a day for over 20 years to the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, the single buyer of power and water for all IPP/IWPP projects within the Sultanate of Oman.



Toray creates fibre for purifying blood.-Japan

Japanese fibre manufacturer, Toray, recently announced that it has created a new fibre adsorbent for purifying blood.

The fibre selectively eliminates bio-targets, such as cells and proteins, by controlling the surface morphology and chemical structure of sea-island composite fibre through the application of synthetic fibre spinning technology.



Mitsui to build desalination plant for BHP’s Spence copper mine in Chile.

Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co. confirmed Thursday it has been selected to build a desalination plant for BHP’s (ASX, NYSE:BHP) Spence copper mine in Chile, as part of a $2.5 billion mine expansion approved earlier this year and which will add another 50 years to the operation’s productive life.

Mitsui will build the plant at Mejillones port, about 60 km north of Antofagasta city, through a joint venture with Técnicas de Desalinazación de Aguas (Tedagua), a unit of Spain’s ACS Group with strengths in water-related business, it said.