Algerian Energy Co. plans 3 new desalination plants; Iraq to expand Halfaya oil field’s water treatment system – Saudi Arabia

A range of diverse projects are currently underway in the Middle East and North Africa region, which are at various stages of development. From a project tracking point of view, firms such as Algerian Energy Co. are planning for the construction of new plants.

Moreover, while some firms such as Iraq’s Halfaya oil field are seeking expansion, others such as Libya’s National Oil Corporation are anticipating a favorable budget allocation that will help boost their activity.

Whereas NEOM Green Hydrogen Co. is due to announce the contractor for solar and wind plants as early as next week.(LINK).

SWCC plans webinar on Innovation in Desalination Brine Mining – Saudi Arabia

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) will be organizing a webinar on “Innovation in Desalination Brine Mining” on July 29.

Several international experts and senior executives of global desalination companies are expected to participate in the webinar.

SWCC, represented by its research arm —the Desalination Technology Research Institute (DTRI) — will organize the event, under the patronage of SWCC Governor Abdullah Al-Abdul Kareem.


LANXESS signs distribution agreement with ICSCO – Riyadh – Saudi Arabia

On November 1, 2017, it signed a distribution agreement for Lewabrane membrane elements with Riyadh-based Saudi company Industrial and Chemicals Supplies Co. Ltd. (ICSCO). The contract was signed by head of LPT Jean-Marc Vesselle and ICSCO CEO Ahmed Mohamed Gashlan. “We selected ICSCO because of its experience in the field of reverse osmosis technology and are aiming to work together to ensure further growth in this region,” says Vesselle. “Our customers are owners of water and wastewater treatment facilities who are looking for quality, integrity and sustainability. LANXESS membrane elements meet the highest German and international production and quality standards, which makes them the perfect addition to our portfolio,” remarks Gashlan. Industrial and Chemicals Supplies Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary of AlKawther Industries Co. Ltd., which is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This global company has over 40 years of experience as a distribution partner for the water industry and is a leading supplier of reverse osmosis membranes, ion exchange resins, water treatment chemicals, metering pumps, filtration media, softening plants and monitoring equipment.

Growing demand for water makes reverse osmosis indispensable

The Gulf States obtain some 20 million cubic meters of drinking water from the sea every day. In Saudi Arabia, 70 percent of drinking water already comes from the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea. An energy-intensive multi-stage flash evaporation process is used for the majority of seawater desalination. Pre-treated seawater flows through chambers and evaporates instantly when hot steam is fed in through huge pipe networks. Around 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy is required for each cubic meter of water, which is equivalent to the energy content of one liter of heating oil. Saudi Arabia alone produces four million cubic meters (four billion liters) of fresh water per day in this way. A more economical technology is reverse osmosis (RO), which involves forcing the seawater through semi-permeable membranes under high pressure. These membranes do not allow the salt to pass through. The process only requires around a sixth of the energy consumed by an evaporation plant. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) founded within Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water in 1972 estimates that the supply capacity needs to be increased to 10 million cubic meters by 2025 to satisfy the demand of the country and its fast-growing population. This means doubling the water capacity in less than 10 years. “In view of the situation, expanding our business in the region with a distribution partner that has been established there for decades is a key step for further growth,” underlines Vesselle. …


SWCC hired BNP Paribas advising on sale of Ras Al Khair desalination plant – Saudi Arabia – Riyadh

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has hired BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) to advise it on the sale of its $7.2 billion Ras Al Khair desalination plant, a source close to the matter said on Thursday. The desalination and power plant is one a number of state assets that the government is selling as part of a privatization drive to reduce pressure on its capital spending and to diversify government revenues away from oil. SWCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. BNP Paribas declined to comment. The plant, which has been operational since 2014, once at full capacity will deliver 1.025 billion cubic meters of desalinated water every day to Riyadh and other areas. SWCC asked banks to submit proposals for the deal in June. Along with BNP Paribas, other banks including GIB Capital, Mizuho, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), HSBC and Standard Chartered were approached for the deal, sources told Reuters in August. SWCC is also working on a number of water and power projects to be developed on a public-private partnership basis. According to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency,…