Bahrain Embarks on Extensive Solar Program 

    The Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs met CESI, a global specialist in technical consulting and engineering, who were recently been appointed to support Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Unit (SEU) to develop the technical and strategic regulatory requirements related to connecting distributed renewable energy resources into Bahrain’s national Electricity Grid owned by Electricity and Water Authority Bahrain (EWA). Bahrain’s Sustainable Energy Unit’s key objectives are to create an efficient and sustainable energy policy, encourage the use of renewables and raise awareness towards energy conservation. During the meeting, the Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs Dr. Abdul-Hussain Ali Mirza welcomed CESI’s recent appointment in its leading role to work closely with the SEU as a lead consultant in the technical integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems across Bahrain. Minister Mirza said, “Within the Government entities including in our case, the Electricity and Water Authority, active steps are being undertaken by all stakeholders, in all aspects of energy sustainability including the focus to support initiatives centered on enhancement of energy efficiency and achieving clean energy production through the promotion of renewable energy deployment.”


    Crystal Lagoons Opens Egypt HQ 

    Crystal Lagoons, the multinational water innovation company and developer of the “world’s top amenity”, has outlined the company’s commitment to Egypt with the unveiling of their new regional office in Cairo. Patented in 190 countries worldwide, Crystal Lagoons is now involved in projects worth over USD5 billion in Egypt, with a total of 13 contracts signed, and a further 10 at various stages of negotiation in Cairo, the North Coast, Ain Sokhna and Hurghada. Existing and potential clients in the country will have greater access to Crystal Lagoons executives, allowing them immediate response time, regular face-to-face consultancy, quick time design discussions, as well as on-the-ground implementation services making the entire project process much easier. Carlos Salas, the MENA Regional Director for Crystal Lagoons, who will be responsible for heading up the office, said: “Egypt is a key market for us and as such we have opened new headquarters in Cairo to facilitate the huge number of projects and deals we are currently working on with Egypt’s most prominent developers. North Africa has been a prime location for crystal-clear lagoon development in recent years and our new office will have an integral role in supporting our valued partners.”


    Two Steam Turbo Sets for the Attarat Power Plant

    Siemens will supply the key components for the Attarat steam power plant in Jordan. The customer China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Power Engineering Co. Ltd. will build the facility as general contractor for the operator of the plant, the Attarat Power Company. Siemens’ scope of supply comprises two SST5-5000 steam turbines, two air-cooled SGen5-1200A generators, and the turbine control system. The condenser is air cooled to address the lack of water at the site. This can be seen as a global trend for dry areas where water is mainly used for households, farming and ecosystem. The power plant will start operation in mid-2020 and will feed up to 470 megawatts to Jordan’s power grid. The Attarat facility will supply enough electricity to cover up to 15 percent of the country’s annual power demand. Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. The air cooled condensers will save up to 90 percent of the water needed for the plant’s operation compared with the use of a wet cooling system. 


    Zain Signs Groundbreaking Deal

    Zain, the well-known telecommunications company in Kuwait, announces signing a development, management, and operation agreement with the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) in Kuwait for the development of interconnectivity support of the smart meters system project. The signing ceremony took place at MEW’s main headquarters in the presence of the Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water, Engineer Essam Abdulmohsen Al Marzouq, and Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer, Eaman Al Roudhan. Zain won the official bid to become the strategic partner to MEW with respect to managing the smart metering components of the project for a period of seven years. As part of the agreement, Zain will manage the systems of smart electricity and water reading meters in Kuwait. The project’s initial capacity will include 880,000 smart meters, with the possibility of a future expansion to 1.2 million in total. As part of MEW’s plan, the first batch of smart meters will be utilized in properties within the investment, industrial, and agricultural sectors, then followed by residential properties.

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    J-WAFS at MIT Creates New Technologies 

    New research into harvesting water from air and technology that enhances crop production are among several projects being supported by the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Co-founded in 2014 by Community Jameel and MIT, J-WAFS is an initiative to coordinate and promote research related to water and food safety and security that will have a positive impact on communities in a rapidly changing world with expanding population. Seven new projects are being supported by J-WAFS this year, and two notable initiatives include: harvesting water from air: Developing technology that can be used to extract clean, fresh water from the air at any range of humidity using a specialized porous material. Enhancing crop production: Creating a solar-powered device to convert atmospheric nitrogen, water, and sunlight into ammonia, which can be added to soil to promote plant growth. Fady Mohammed Jameel, President of Community Jameel International, said: “Community Jameel firmly believes that MIT-led research can deliver real solutions to help communities transform themselves.”


    DEWA Awarded New Contract

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract to supply, extend and commission 40km of water pipelines, at a total cost of USD67 million. “This supports our ambitious strategy and plans to meet the needs of the comprehensive development of electricity and water for the Dubai Plan 2021, and meets the highest standards of availability, reliability and efficiency, to meet customer demand. We to working to increase production and improve operational efficiencies, and increase the flow of water in several parts of Dubai, and as a contingency against any emergencies. This contributes to the advancement of sustainable development,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. “The project includes the extension of 600-1,200 millimeter (diameter) extension of GRE (Glass-Reinforced Epoxy) main water pipes of up to 40 km along Al Qudra Street and the Dubai to Al Ain highway, to increase water-flow capacity and provide water, where needed, to development projects in these areas. In addition, there will be a pipeline along Emirates Road to increase the water-flow capacity of Khawaneej 2 and additional pipelines in other parts of Dubai to increase water flow in emergencies,” noted Al Tayer.