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Israel to build new desalination plant to meet water shortage

Israel’s IDE Technologies and Bank Hapoalim won a government tender to build a new water desalination plant in northern Israel, Hapoalim said. Hapoalim, one of Israel’s two largest banks, will provide 1.3 billion shekels ($381 million) for the project near the northern city of Nahariya off the Mediterranean coast which aims to help the country […]

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UAE backs use of robotic planes to charge fog clouds in arid areas

The UAE is continuing its support for scientific experiments involving robotic, unmanned aircraft releasing electric charges into fog clouds, in a bid to encourage more rainfall in the skies above the emirates. Real-world ‘cloud seeding’ experiments conducted by the UK’s University of Reading, and supported by the UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology, confirmed that releasing […]

Empower reports 41.3% rise in buildings using district cooling

Dubai-based Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) reported a 41.3 percent growth in the number of buildings using its district cooling services over the last five years.  The number of buildings reached 1,413 by the end of 2021, 13 percent higher year-on-year, the company said in a statement. In 2021, Empower’s district cooling market share […]

Saudi utility firm to pre-qualify bidders for water pipeline project

State-owned utility services provider Saudi Water Partnerships Company (SWPC) has issued a request for proposals (RFPs) to pre-qualified bidders for the development of the Rayis-Rabigh Independent Water Transmission Pipeline (IWTP) project that will have a 500,000 cubic metre per day transmission capacity. The 150-kilometre long pipeline project is expected to be completed in the fourth […]

Saudi PIF-owned firm plans $29bn worth of water projects

Saudi Arabia’s National Water Company (NWC) intends to tender 1,429 projects worth more than SAR108 billion ($28.80 billion), the state-owned utility services provider said in a statement. The announcement by NWC, which is owned by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, Public Investment Fund (PIF), continued the company’s plans to develop water and environmental infrastructure projects […]