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In recent months MEDRC has spent considerable efforts assisting the urgent efforts to provide water for Gaza. The provision of a clean, secure and dependable water supply to the population of Gaza is the single most important water project on earth right now.

In cooperation with our colleagues in the Palestinian Water Authority and the Coastal Municipality Water Utility, MEDRC conducted an intensive technical support mission focused on the Deir Al Balah Desalination Plant. This mission included training in trouble shooting and non-routine maintenance as well as plant inspections.

In May we conducted a joint workshop for the agencies involved in both the Gaza Desalination and Red Sea Dead Sea projects. Held in Ramallah, Palestine and Aqaba, Jordan, the participants focused on the challenges and techniques of high-level tendering facing government agencies involved in large scale water project tendering.

In addition, we were delighted to support Dr. Husam Al Najar and three of his colleagues at the Islamic University, Gaza in their vital work on the 'Planning and Primary Design of a Wastewater Treatment Plant for Al-Shifa Hospital.'

In Muscat, at MEDRC headquarters, we have almost completed the construction of a series of evaporation ponds. Working together with colleagues at Sultan Qaboos University, we will use these ponds for experiments on environmental brine disposal and for training. This is the final stage in our plan to provide working showcase in environmentally sound desalination here in the Gulf. Shortly, using the power of the sun alone we will power our desalination processes and deal with the brine.

Finally, we were delighted to sign a MoU with the University of Barcelona, one of Europe’s leading research universities.

We would like this newsletter to provide a short and accessible overview of our work and partnerships, if you have any comments on the newsletter or if you have any ideas of partnerships or new projects please don't hesitate to get in touch.

MEDRC Technical Workshop on Renewable Energy & Desalination in the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus

A MEDRC expert workshop in Muscat called for greater cooperation between the water, energy and agriculture sectors to cut costs, energy consumption and environmental impacts.

The workshop, involving several world renowned scientists and practitioners, was entitled: “Renewable energy & desalination in the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in the MENA region.” and took place at MEDRC headquarters in Muscat (Sultanate of Oman). READ MORE HERE

MEDRC & University of Barcelona: MoU signed

An MoU has just been signed between MEDRC and the University of Barcelona & its AECHE (Arab-Euro Conference on High Education) in order to collaborate on common topics of interest through research and capacity building activities as well as possible joint proposals for EU and regional/local projects.
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  • Water-Tech Showcase, September 2016
  • Operators Forum, October 2016
Desalination Vocational Training Forum Organized to Expand the Supply of Skilled and Employable Labor in the Desalination Sector
The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) organized a Desalination Vocational Training Forum on Wednesday the 3rd of August 2016 at its Headquarters in North Al Hail. The forum had attendees from Key companies in the desalination industry within the region (ACWAPOWER Barka I, STOMO Barka II, RAECO, MCDOMC, SUEZ Barka IV, SOGEX & MYAH GULF OMAN). READ MORE HERE (connected to website)

RO Level 2: Seawater Reverse Osmosis System Operation & Features of Optimum Design - 19th till the 22nd of September, 2016

RO Level 2: Seawater Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment - 10th till the 13th of October, 2016

RO Level 2: Seawater Reverse Osmosis System Design - 24th till the 27th of October, 2016
Full Training Schedule

Building Technical Competence and Promoting Excellence in the Water Sector in Palestine

The event was co-hosted by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the Coastal Municipality Water Utility (CMWU) between the 17th and 24th of May. 21 participants, mainly engineers, technicians and plant operator took part in the training. The trainings content was "Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant –trouble shooting and Non-Routine Maintenance" and was especially tailored for the Dier Al Balah Plant in Gaza.  READ MORE HERE

Technical Capacity Building in the Palestinian Water Sector
Onsite Training to Improve Skills

In coordination with the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), the Ministry of Water and Irrigation Jordan and MEDRC two training programs were held in Jordan between the 1st and 12th of May, 2016. 20 employees of the West Bank Water Department were trained onsite of the facilities of Miyahuna ( in order to learn the necessary skills to improve the O&M of submerged pumping stations and the welding of transmission pipelines in Palestine. READ MORE HERE

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