Jordan: Design and operation of seawater reverse osmosis plants

In the framework of the desalination component of the SCARCE project a expert training was conducted of 25 water professionals of Jordan from various key institutions in the country: Water Authority of Jordan, University of Jordan  / Marine Science Station, Jordan Valley Authority, Kemapco, Aqaba Water Company, and AquaTreat.  The topic of the training design and operation of seawater reverse osmosis plants. This course will be followed up by another two trainings on seawater quality monitoring.

The training consisted of theory, case studies, design of reverse osmosis systems, monitoring of water quality and a visit to the first seawater desalination plant in Jordan operated by Kemapco.

Aqaba is the location of the coming desalination plant for the Red-Dead Sea project funded by the World Bank.

The training will prepare Jordanian engineers for future seawater desalination activities in the country.

Sponsor: DUPC2
Location: Aqaba, Jordan
Duration: March 13-17, 2017
Partners: Dr. Tareq Al-Najjar (UJ/MSS), Muna Gharaibeh, MSc (WAJ)
IHE Staff in charge of the training: Dr. Maria Kennedy, Dr. Sergio Salinas


Cuba: Introduction to desalination and membrane technology

The objective of the project “Mas Agua para todos” is to contribute to alleviate water scarcity issues in Cuba through two applied research activities and one capacity building component which involve the introduction of innovative practices on urban water management.

In the framework of the capacity development component, 20 water professionals of Cuba were introduced to membrane technology and desalination technologies. The course presented desalination as an alternative to cope with water scarcity, covered low pressure membranes (ultrafiltration and microfiltration) and illustrated cases studies of various desalination plants in the world.

Sponsor: EuropeAid project “Mas Agua para todos“.
Location: Varadero, Cuba.
Duration: January 16-21, 2017
IHE Staff: Dr. Sergio Salinas

Investigation into Fouling at FEWA Desalination Plant

The Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) seawater desalination facilities located in Ghalilah, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates have been in operation since early 2015 and supply drinking water to the municipalities. The purpose of this work was in a short period of time: i) to assess the operation performance of the plant and to give suggestions for improvement; ii) to recommend further actions e.g., collecting/analyzing more detailed operational data, and additional tests.

Period: September-November 2016
Location: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Client: Pentair (Netherlands)
Staff: Dr. Maria Kennedy, Dr. Sergio Salinas
Partner: Schippers Water Treatment Consultancy
PhD student: Nirajan Dhakal

Bolivia: Capacity development of the water and sanitation sector


IHE Delft and the Ministry of Water and Environment of Bolivia signed an Memorandum of Understanding considering the following aims: Creation of a Centre of Excellence in Water and Sanitation (CEAM), collaboration in research, and capacity building in the fields of water supply and sanitation, water hazard and risk management, irrigation and water resource management. As part of the occasion master classes in the topics of sanitation and groundwater treatment were provided in three cities of Bolivia: La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. In addition, the IHE Delft experts visited a drinking water treatment plant in La Paz and a wastewater treatment plant in Cochabamba.

Sponsor: Ministry of Environment and Water of Bolivia (MMAyA).
Location: La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Duration: July 16-21, 2016
Partners: Lic. Alexandra Moreira (Minister MMAyA), Lic. Sergio Arispe (Director SENASBA)
IHE Staff: Dr. Tineke Hooijmans, Dr. Branislav PetrusevskiDr. Sergio Salinas


Cuba: TMT Seawater as an infinite water source to cope with water scarcity

The tailor made training (TMT) requested by the Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INRH) was successfully implemented with the participation of 20 water engineers from Cuba. The title of the TMT was “Seawater as an infinite water source to cope with water scarcity and sanitation: desalination, reuse and direct use.”

The training was expected to build sufficient knowledge and capacity for engineers to conduct pre-feasibility analyses and designs to assist space planners and decision-makers of INRH and other ministries and governmental organizations to select appropriate (i) membrane technologies for seawater desalination, (ii) advance wastewater treatment technologies for reuse, and (iii) suitable infrastructure to support the direct use of saline and brackish water in urban environments for sanitation and other non-potable uses given the prevailing local conditions. Ultimately, they will contribute to increase the water availability in Cuba, providing sufficient and safe drinking water supply and sanitation to support the day-a-day activities of the population, and also supporting key economic activities for Cuba like food production but also the tourism sector.

Sponsor: NUFFIC
Requesting organization: Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INRH)
Local partner: Dr. Orestes Gonzalez (CUJAE)
Location: Varadero, Cuba.
Duration: March 13-20, 2016
IHE Staff: Dr. Carlos Lopez,  Dr. Sergio Salinas