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.


Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

The Housing Ministry has deals with two real-estate companies. (Reuters/File)
Updated 18 October 2018
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Sakani program to add 11,000 homes in Jeddah

  • The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units
  • The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing has signed agreements with two real-estate development companies to add more than 11,000 homes in Jeddah for the Sakani program. The deals were signed on October 15 during an event announcing the program’s 10th batch of beneficiaries.
The first project, Rawabi Hijaz, is on private-sector land and will includes 9,502 units, while the second, Jeddah airport housing, is on land owned by the Ministry and will includes 2,203 units.
The agreements were signed in the presence of Minister of Housing Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hugail, National Housing Company CEO Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Bati, and officials from the ministry and the Real Estate Development Fund. They follow previous agreements signed by the Ministry of Housing with a number of developers to build housing in various regions of the Kingdom. Sixty projects providing more than 90,000 diverse homes, with prices ranging from SR250,000 to SR750,000 have already been launched.
The Ministry stressed its keenness to work with qualified developers to add to housing stock and support supply in the sector, to encourage competition between companies to meet the needs of citizens in a way that suits local markets and ensures the provision of continued maintenance services for the residential units.
“The real-estate developers with whom we signed contribute along with the Ministry to the service of citizens in order to provide a suitable residential environment on the levels of prices and specifications, while presenting the beneficiaries with the guarantees needed,” the Ministry said.
“These projects will be completed and handed over to the beneficiaries within a period not exceeding three years. These housing projects are integrated in terms of services and public facilities. They include mosques, public parks and green areas as well as government buildings.”