KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, April. 11, 2011 -- A specialised water research centre worth an estimated KD5.7 million ($20.6 million) is to help develop modern seawater desalination techniques in Kuwait.
The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) has signed a contract with construction company, Al-Fulaij United Group, to build and maintain a water research centre on KISR's premises, according to the Kuwait Times.
Al-Mutairi, director general, reportedly said that the centre would help to meet one of the national priorities of address water scarcity. He said it would concentrate on developing modern techniques for seawater desalination, including thermal and membrane methods and would include laboratories to test traditional and renewable powered desalination.
It is hoped the work will lead to new commerical seawater desalination units to help increase output, reduce costs and secure sustainability of water resources. The centre will also include "chemical, physical, and bacteriological laboratories for receiving water samples, and preparing them for examination according to an accurate program of quality control".
KISR currently concentrates on five different areas of research and development: environment and urban development; food resources and marine science; petroleum research, techno economics and water resources.