Saudi engineers discover ‘sewage treasure’ in Japan

Updated 08 November 2014
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Saudi engineers discover ‘sewage treasure’ in Japan

Japanese companies are leading the way in turning sewage into sources of fuel and gas, according to several Saudi engineers who visited Japan recently.
The engineers, on a weeklong study and business tour of Japanese recycling and water companies in October, discovered that these firms consider sewage a treasure that should not be wasted.
The Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East organized the tour. Mohammad Khojah, Taif area sector manager of the Kingdom’s National Water Company, led the delegation, according to a statement released to the media.
They visited Kobe City’s Higashi-Nada water waste treatment plant and Tobu Sludge Center in Japan and attended technical lectures at these facilities. They discovered that sewage is converted into various products including automobile fuel, methane gas for the local municipality, and phosphorus fertilizers.
They were able to see advanced technology for waste water treatment systems and effective management know-how focusing on effective use of water recycling and sludge, which could be used in Saudi Arabia.
They were able to also learn about ways to protect cities from flooding, protecting the environment, development of a low-carbon and recycle-based city, and high-pressure water absorption methods.
The mission members had meetings with Japanese companies in Osaka and Yokohama including Torishima Pump, Toyobo, Kubota, Nihon Genryo, Toray, Yokohama Water, Yokogawa Electric, Nitto Denko, Mitsubishi Rayon, Marubeni, and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.
The delegation also attended a waterworks exhibition in Nagoya, organized by the Federation of Japan Water Industries, where 102 Japanese companies and organizations displayed their products and systems.
The Saudi engineers were able to get firsthand knowledge of advanced equipment and technology related to the water industry, including water ducts and pipes, pumping equipment, purifying and sewerage treatment equipment, electrical equipment, water quality testing equipment, pipe installing machinery, chemicals and monitoring and control equipment and systems.
The engineers also visited the booths of Aichi Tokei Denki, TSS Tokyo Water, Kubota, and Fuji Tecom to meet top executives. They were impressed by the earthquake-resistant technology in Japan.
One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to the manufacturers of water meters and ceramic membranes in Nagoya.
The engineers saw the production of electromagnetic water meters by a company that has over 85 years of experience in domestic and international markets. They were also introduced to flow-sensors that would be useful in Saudi Arabia.
The members visited one of the leading manufacturers of ceramic flat-sheet membranes in Nagoya. The engineers were able to see almost completely automated production lines that reduce human error and ensure the products last for 15 years.
The Saudi delegation included members from the Ministry of Water and Electricity, National Water Company, Kindasa Water Services, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden), Abdul Latif Jameel, Technology Products and Services, Saudi Tumpane, Global Solutions for Leak Free, Saudi Services for Electro Mechanical Works and Middle East Paper Company.


KSA and allies to begin joint military maneuvers in Eastern Province on Saturday

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KSA and allies to begin joint military maneuvers in Eastern Province on Saturday

  • Gulf Shield 10 will be one of the largest military exercise in the region both in terms of the number of forces and participating countries, and wide experience and quality of arms
  • The Gulf Shield forces command is also participating in the exercise, along with forces from the National Guards and Border Guards

JEDDAH: The joint maneuver Gulf Shield 10 will begin on Saturday in the Eastern Province with the participation of military forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries along with Saudi forces.
The massive exercise is considered one of the largest in the region both in terms of the number of forces and participating countries, and wide experience and quality of arms.
It aims to preserve security and stability in GCC countries by tackling the sources of instability and danger, training on the command and control’s procedures of the participating Gulf forces, modernizing the joint mechanisms and measures of military and security agencies and promoting coordination, cooperation and integration as well as joint security.
Land, air, sea and air defense forces from participating countries are taking part in the maneuver, along with Saudi forces such as the Royal Saudi Land Forces, the Royal Saudi Air Forces, the Air Defense Forces and the Saudi Royal Naval Forces.
The Gulf Shield forces command is also participating in the exercise, along with forces from the National Guards and Border Guards.
Gulf Shield 10 is one of the largest exercises in the region and is considered part of a comprehensive strategic vision by the Saudi Defense Ministry that aims to promote security and military readiness under different circumstances, to preserve stability and security in the Arab Gulf and the world.