Saudi engineers discover ‘sewage treasure’ in Japan

Updated 08 November 2014

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.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 30 min 12 sec ago

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.