The training course was successfully carried out in collaboration with the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) and involved a total of 21 representatives from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia including managers from relevant water and environment ministries, research centers and water utilities, dealing with the design, implementation and operation and maintenance of desalination projects.
The activity aimed at developing their capacity in understanding the aspects influencing the cost of desalination, among which:
(i) Capital costs drivers including selection of intake & brine discharge, quality of feed water at intake, quality of desalinated water, complying with permitting and regulations, project delivery methods and financing mechanisms, proximity to power supplies, skilled labor and environmental mitigation, etc.
(ii) Capital cost breakdown including annualized cost, amount financed, interest rate, loan period, depreciation, inflation, etc.
(iii) Operation and management cost breakdown including cost of regular and periodic maintenance, cost of complying with environmental monitoring, reporting and renewal of permits, cost of labor, chemicals, supplies, power, etc.
(iv) Cost for enabling community participation in preventing noncompliance with water and environment.
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