A three days training was carried out between 25 and 27 June 2013 in Muscat – Oman to develop the capacity of water resources managers from the South Mediterranean countries in estimating the costs of desalination projects.

The activity, implemented in collaboration with the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), 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 training provided them with typical procedures and practices and engineering guidelines to estimate the costs of sea water desalination projects’ construction, operation and maintenance (O & M) based on real-world costs and projects completed in the last 5 years. Participants were also introduced to the various aspects influencing these costs and were trained on state-of-the-art models facilitating cost planning for a range of desalination projects.

Environmental costs were also addressed, including those for the preparation of environmental studies and permit applications, for the mitigation of environmental impacts as well as those affecting the design - and therefore the cost - of a desalination plant (such as concentrate disposal method, selection of the location of intake pipe, etc.).

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