SR33 billion desal plant for EP approved

Updated 03 May 2014
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SR33 billion desal plant for EP approved

The Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hassein said the Council of Ministers has approved the funding of SR33 billion to establish a new desalination plant in the Eastern Province with a capacity of 1.5 million cubic liters.
The funding approval also includes laying of new pipelines between Al-Jubail and Riyadh, and another one to transfer water from Rabigh to Briman and then to Makkah.
He said that a month from now, the biggest pumping project “Ras Al-Khair Project,” will benefit the second plant in Al-Jubail, which has been in service for more than 30 years, and feeds Riyadh with 800,000 and 100,000 million cubic liters of water for the internal areas of Yadeir, Al-Ghat, Al-Zalafi and Al-Washam, and 100,000 million cubic liters for Hafre Al-Batin and Al-Naeriyah.
He denied there was a water crisis in Jeddah, or water cuts that resulted from maintaining water pipelines, or due to any accident. To avoid any crisis, a massive strategic reservoir will be established in Briman Al-Faislaiah, he said.
He said the per capita consumption of water was now 300 liters compared to 200 liters a few years ago. The rate of pumping water to Jeddah had increased to 1.1 million cubic liters. Sewage has been operated in Al-Matar neighborhood and Al-Khamrah. Work is under way to connect all areas to the sewage network of the Kingdom.
He called on consumers to rationalize water consumption, and use rationing devises. Consumption of health devices will be limited, especially the expulsion box, he said, adding that import of any equipment that violates the regulations will be banned.


Tunisia to almost double gas production this year

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Tunisia to almost double gas production this year

  • The project will be jointly owned by Austria’s OMV and Tunisian National Oil Company ETAP
  • It will include investments of about $700 million

TUNIS: Tunisia will almost double production of natural gas to about 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day this year, the industry and energy minister, Slim Feriani, told Reuters on Friday.
The country’s gas output will jump from 35,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) when the southern Nawara gas field comes onstream in June, Feriani said.
“We will raise our production by about 30,000 barrels of oil equivalent when the Nawara project in the south will start,” Feriani told Reuters in interview.
This project will be jointly owned by Austria’s OMV and Tunisian National Oil Company ETAP with investments of about $700 million.
Feriani also said Tunisia was seeking to attract about $2 billion in foreign investment to produce 1,900 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy in three years. “We will start launching international bids for the production of renewable wind and sun energy. We aim to produce 1,900 MW by investment of up to $2 billion until 2022,” he said.
This would represent about 22 percent of the country’s electricity production.
PHOSPHATE
Tunisia also plans to raise production of phosphate from 3 million tons to 5 million in 2019, he said.
Raising the output will boost economic growth and provide revenue to revive its faltering economy, the minister said.
Phosphate exports are a key source of foreign currency reserves, which have dropped to levels worth just 82 days of imports, according to Tunisia’s central bank.
Tunisia produced about 8.2 million tons of phosphate in 2010 but output dropped after its 2011 revolution. Annual output has not exceeded 4.5 million tons since 2011.
Feriani said lower production has caused Tunisia to lose markets and about $1 billion each year.
Phosphate exports were hit by repeated protests in the main producing region of Gafsa, where unemployed youth demanding jobs blockaded rail transport.