Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

Somali Environment Protection Alliance Network (SEPAN) – About

April 7, 2011

The mission of SEPAN is to advocate, and preserve the few  Trees left in the Horn of Africa, particularly in all inhabited Somali Ethnic populations. To teach others how to sustain the earth’s natural resources, and protect the environment.  To confront illegal loggers and the countries, such Saudi Arabia and United Arab  Emirates that import Somali Charcoal for local consumption.

This piece is taken from the website of the Somali Environment Protection Alliance Network (SEPAN).

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Nanotechnology and the Environment in the Arab World – Moshe Terdman

April 22, 2010

Written by Moshe Terdman

Muslim Environment Watch

Muslim Environment Occasional Papers

Vol. 1 (2010), Number 1 (April 2010) 

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On February 20, 2010, Mohamed H. A. Hassan, executive director of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, and President of the African Academy of Sciences, said that “Nanotechnology could aid the future of development of the Arab region”. He said that at a panel session called “Re-emergence of Science, Technology and Education as Priorities in the Arab World”, taking place at the AAAS’s annual meeting in San Diego. He further said that “the Arab region, home to some 300 million people, faces a host of daunting development challenges. Three of the most fundamental involve ensuring adequate supplies of water, energy and food”. Advances in nanotechnology could help achieve progress by helping to address each of these challenges”.[1]

Nanotechnology is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally speaking, nanotechnology deals with structures of the size 100 nanometers or smaller, and involves developing materials or devices within that size.

The aim of this article is to give a short outline of the development of nanotechnology research throughout the Arab world, while focusing on its application in environmental projects.  

Research Centers 

The development of nanotechnology research throughout the Arab world is a very recent phenomenon, which started to take place only two years ago in Saudi Arabia and since then has spread to other Arab countries.

It is not surprising that the pioneer in acknowledging the importance of nanotechnology is Saudi Arabia. Indeed, as part of the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s strategy to transform their industries from petroleum production to knowledge-based industries using nanotechnology and biotechnology, research centers have been established recently in Saudi Arabia as well as in the UAE in order to provide the human resources, innovation and pioneering technology needed for its implementation.[2] 

The agreement on the establishment of the first such research center was signed in Riyadh on February 26, 2008 between the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the Saudi Arabian national research and development organization, and IBM Research. The research center is called the Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence. Its aim is to seek key innovations, and explore and develop breakthroughs in applying molecular-scale engineering to critical energy and sustainable resource issues. Under this agreement, Saudi scientists and engineers will work side by side with IBM scientists and engineers on advanced nano-science and nano-technology programs in the fields of solar energy, water desalination and petrochemical applications such as recyclable materials. The work will be conducted between teams working at IBM laboratories in Zurich, Switzerland; Almaden, California; Yorktown Heights, New York; and the KACST/IBM Nanotechnology Centre of Excellence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.[3]

It should be mentioned that IBM is one of the leading global technology companies and the world’s largest nanotechnology research institution.

The joint research work in solar energy will include a focus on novel materials for the direct conversion of sunlight to electricity, known as photovoltaics. The water treatment research will focus on the use of new nano-membrane materials for reverse osmosis seawater desalination. The research on efficient organic catalysts builds on IBM’s advance materials expertise to develop synthetic methods for recycling of plastic materials.[4]

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia donated US$9.6 million to establish further nanotechnology institutes at universities around Saudi Arabia, to promote education and research in nanotechnology. The US$3.2 million King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology was opened in mid-2008 at the King Saud University in Riyadh. Two other nanotechnology institutes are also planned, for King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah and the King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals in Riyadh, at a cost of US$3.2 million each.[5]   

On April 28, 2009, Intel and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology signed a collaborative research agreement to establish CENA, Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications. The focus of CENA is to conduct leading-edge research on advanced nano-processing and fabrication technology, nano-sensors/network, nano-devices, and synthesis and deposition of nano-structures. CENA will commence its activities in October 2010.[6]

A nanotechnology research center was also established in the UAE. On November 16, 2008, the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) in Abu Dhabi announced that it would set up a nanotechnology research center in collaboration with the Asian Nano Forum. The announcement was made during the Fifth Asian Nano Forum Summit which started at that day in Abu Dhabi.[7]

According to its website, the aim of the KUSTAR’s nanotechnology center is “to play a leading role in the establishment of nanotechnology research, development, and industry in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The centre will be dedicated to research on theoretical and experimental nanotechnology with strong emphasis on education and training”.[8]  

The interest in nanotechnology in the Arab world is not limited only to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. Scientists in North African countries are increasingly interested in nanotechnology. In January 2009, Egypt launched the first North African nanotechnology and nanoscience research center in Cairo that aims to be world-class, with support from IBM Research. Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and Science and Technological Development Fund (STDF) signed the three-year partnership agreement with IBM on September 18, 2008. Joint investments will be in the region of US$30 million. Partners in the Center, Cairo University, Nile University and IBM will collaborate in the areas of simulation and modeling software, alternative energy sources (thin film silicon photovoltaics) and energy recovery for desalination.[9] 

More recently, Algeria launched several joint research projects with Iranian scientists in nanotechnology applications in environment and water management. But most of this research is yet to be applied, partly because of limited funding.[10]

And, even more recently, the Jordanian Higher Council for Science and Technology decided on August 17, 2009 to establish the National Nanotechnology Centre of Jordan (NANCEJ). The Centre started to be officially active in early February 2010. Its aim is to build the “scientific capacity in the field of nanotechnology in the Kingdom through programming and coordinating scientific research and development activities in this field nationwide, making the necessary financial support available for them, and networking Jordanian researchers with their counterparts abroad. The centre will establish an advanced specialized research laboratory capable of implementing the wide range of R&D and production…”.[11]

From Theory to Practice: Environmental Projects Applying Nanotechnology

The establishment of nanotechnology research centers throughout the Arab world, but especially in Saudi Arabia and North Africa, and the development of knowledge and awareness to the uses of nanotechnology for environmental and development projects have contributed to the launching in 2010 of two major environmental projects using nanotechnology. 

On January 12, 2010, Tunisia has launched the first project applying nanotechnology in the Maghreb. The project aims to monitor and purify the waters of the Madjerda River, the longest river in Tunisia. Three mobile laboratories will monitor river water, after which data will be analyzed at a new research center. The laboratories will then be mobilized to expand the project to other areas of the country. The Tunisian government has set an initial budget of around US$580,000 for the project. The project, partially funded and supported by Belgium, is the first project of the Tunisian Association for Environmental Nanotechnology. The association was set up in December 2008 but it took a year to convince policymakers of the importance of nanotechnology, particularly for providing water suitable for drinking and irrigation.[12]

On January 24, 2010, the KACST launched a major national initiative to produce desalinated water and electricity at a much cheaper rate – less than a riyal for a cubic meter of water and 30 halalas per kilowatt/hour. According to Prince Turki bin Saud bin Muhammad, Vice President of KACST for research institutes, the initiative will reduce the cost of water and electricity production by 40 percent. The first solar-powered desalination plant with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters will be built in Al-Khafji. It will serve around 100,000 people using nanoscience techniques developed by the KACST and IBM. The project will reduce dependence on oil and gas to operate desalination plants. Currently, desalination plants on the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf consume a total of 1.5 million barrels per day. The new initiative was carried out by the Ministries of Finance, Water and Electricity, and Commerce and Industry, and the Saline Water Conversion Corporation.[13]  


It seems like more and more Arab countries acknowledge the importance and potential of nanotechnology to address the three most fundamental development challenges facing the Arab world, which include: ensuring adequate supplies of water, energy, and food. Thus, there is no wonder that that two first major environmental projects applying nanotechnology have to do with desalination and purification of water.    

This acknowledgment of the importance of nanotechnology to the Arab world will, most probably, result in more research centers established in all the Arab countries and in more environment projects launched using nanotechnology.

In order to cover the knowledge gap with the West, joint nanotechnology research centers and projects have been launched in collaboration with foreign companies and research centers, who already have the needed knowledge in nanotechnology.  

Facing the challenges of lack of water, energy, and food is a need common to all the countries located in the Middle East and North Africa. This need might also bring the Arab countries to collaborate with each other and even to collaborate with Israel, which has the knowhow in this field.  

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Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment) – Achievements

April 9, 2010
SEPCO Environment is approved and certified by Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME).

SEPCO is the first company in the Middle East specialized in biological waste treatment.

SEPCO has indigenously developed SepcoClave®, a locally manufactured autoclave and a technology approved by (PME) for the treatment of Infectious Medical Waste.

SEPCO is the largest company in the Middle East with respect to the number of plants for biological waste treatment. Already established eight (8) major biological waste treatment plants in Riyadh, Jeddah, Khamis Musheit, Taif, Dammam, Tabuk,      Al-Qaseem and Al-Madinah covering the entire Saudi Arabia. 

SEPCO provides advanced biological waste disposal services to more than 1,500 health care facilities in     KSA.
SEPCO has obtained the ISO 14001.
SEPCO acts as an agent and distributor for many reputed international companies and industries in environmental monitoring, pollution control systems and waste treatment systems.

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment).

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Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment) – Policy

April 9, 2010
Providing an umbrella for the total environmental    security for community.

 Investment in different environmental projects

 The Development and providing of environmental    solutions

 Supremacy in environmental projects utilizing national    workforce

 Continuous development for newly environmental    system

 Following of Local and international guidance and    rules

Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

SEPCO Environment is committed to preserve the worlds natural resources and to society of which we are a part in terms of any environmental impact resulting from our processes.

Our Management Team are committed to:

  • Maintaining a High Profile in leading the Quality and Environmental Awareness Strategy to assure compliance with requirements and continually improve the effectiveness of the Management Systems operated.
  • An ongoing strategy of Continuous Improvement, striving always to ‘better’ previous performance in terms of operational practice and Quality in it’s broadest sense.
  • Prevent all types of pollution through establishing and implementing the necessary environmental programs.
  • Set up the necessary Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety objectives and Programs which can improve internal systems.
  • Comply with applicable Environmental, Health and Safety legislation and other requirements to which the organisation subscribes.
  • Communicate the policy to all interested parties and persons working for or on behalf of the organisation.
  • Identify and provide relevant training to its staff, and give them the opportunity to contribute to the continuous improvement of Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems.
  • Implement progressive health and safety practices that apply risk management and safety principles to our operations.

All managers of SEPCO will, by direction and example, ensure that this policy is understood, implemented and maintained throughout our organisation.

This requires the total involvement and commitment of every employee in the organisation and support by all management in meeting the requirements of our Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 together with all Legislation and Codes of Practice relevant to our industry.

Managing Director

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Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment) – About Us

April 9, 2010
Experts in Environmental Activities

Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Company SEPCO Environment has been established in 1997 as a unique company in the field of Environmental Protection. The company specialized initially in Medical Waste Management  which presently SEPCO Environment is the Gulf area leader in this field. We provide biological waste disposal services to more than 4,500 health care facilities (such as hospitals, polyclinics, research centers, etc.) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through analytical and innovative approach. SEPCO Environment focus now on

promoting Environmental Impact Assessments and providing exceptional  solutions to all of the Gulf area for a more safe environment.  
Environmental consulting and studies.
Medical and pharmaceutical waste management training, transportation and treatment.
SEPCO Environment approved and certified by Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) for providing Environmental Impact Assessments (E.I.A.) and  environmental solutions  for  the industrial community.

SEPCO Environment acts as an agent and distributor for companies and industries in environmental monitoring, pollution control systems and waste treatment systems.

SEPCO Environment is currently negotiating joint venture plans to expand its area of coverage with foreign companies in the Middle East including  Gulf countries council (G.C.C.). 
SEPCO Environment has already established eight (8) major biological waste treatment plants in Riyadh, Jeddah, Khamis Musheit, Taif, Dammam, Tabuk, Al-Qaseem and Al-Madinah covering the entire country of Saudi Arabia. SEPCO Environment developed SepcoClave® which is a locally manufactured autoclave and a technology that is approved by (PME) for the treatment of Infectious Medical Waste.
SEPCO Environment is pleased to offer to its clients and the society ….
1. Environmental Impact Assessment and Solutions to different types of projects:
These assessments can be applied to a large scale projects like industrial areas (manufacturing plants & factories) or to small communities like homes and schools.
Sample List of E.I.A. done by SEPCO Environment
1. Medical Waste Treatment Plant, Jeddah
2. ARASCO Chemical (ARCHEM), Dammam
3. Medical Waste Treatment Plant, Riyadh
4. SepcoClave machine
5. Medical Waste Treatment Plant, Taif
6. Thermal Oxidation Unit, Jeddah
7. Obhur Beach Villa Offshore Works, Jeddah
2. Pollution Monitoring and Chemical Analyzing Systems:
SEPCO Environment provides Analyzer Technology which measures, monitors and analyzes different pollutants and elements prevalent in environment (Example: laboratories, factory stacks, oil (petrol), liquid, etc.). SEPCO Environment also offers portable and hand held devices for measuring, monitoring and analyzing ambient air, water quality and noise pollution.
3. In the Field of Treatment of different types of Polluted Waste:
We have agreements with engineering companies to develop new technologies in the environmental protection and energy recovery fields. Such activities are as follows:
1. Air Pollution Treatment Technology,
2. Waste Treatment Technology for Industrial Waste (Solid, Liquid, Gas) and Municipal Waste,
3. Energy Recovery Equipments and Systems,
4. Water Treatment Systems.

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Gulf Environmental Protection Co. (SPECO Environment).

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Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco) – Our Services

April 9, 2010

We provide a wide range of environmental services, spanning high level policy advice for government through to the provision of environmental site supervision on construction projects.
The main service areas are set out in the following pages.  Individual specialist topics are also provided, including:

  • Air quality
  • Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
  • Contamination Studies
  • Coastal Planning
  • Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Environmental Health
  • Landscape Assessment and Landscape Architecture
  • Material Resources and Waste Management (including energy resources)
  • Marine Resources
  • Noise Assessments
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Transport and Traffic Assessment
  • Water Resources.


Environmental Outsourcing


Manufacturing premises in Saudi Arabia are required to control their environmental emissions and waste management systems in accordance with the Saudi legislation. This will include periodic reporting of environmental performance to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) who have the powers to fine or close down operations which do not meet the environmental standards.

In addition, the need to be operating and developing in a sustainable manner is becoming increasingly important in maintaining global competitiveness.

Large companies can afford a full time dedicated Environmental Officer to ensure the companies activities are compliant and sustainable. For Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) this is less affordable. Arensco has developed a service which allow you to have a dedicated environmental specialist working as part of your team but with reduced costs.

For additional information please contact Mr. Alam Nizami.

This piece is taken from the website of the Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco).

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Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco) – About Arensco

April 9, 2010

Arensco is a Saudi Arabian based company providing quality environmental services and consultancy to individuals, companies and Government Ministries throughout the Kingdom.

Our blend of Saudi National and Overseas specialists mean we offer services based on International Standards, but with local knowledge. We believe this approach provides both In Kingdom and International clients the quality and professionalism expected.

Our reputation is built upon our desire to provide quality services while meeting agreed deadlines and keeping to budget.

The services we offer are wide ranging and are provided across many sectors. You will find additional information on these pages, both in English and Arabic. These pages provide an overview of who we are and what we do, for additional information please contact us.

This piece is taken from the website of the Arabian Environmental Science Ltd Company (Arensco).

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Environmental Technology & Management Association – About Us

April 9, 2010

The Environmental Technology and Management Association (ETMA) is the Saudi Arabian Section of the Air and Waste Management Association (SAS-A&WMA). ETMA became the first international section of the association in 1993 and currently has approximately 80 members. The goals of A&WMA are to promote technology exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education and outreach events.

About eight newsletters are produced and widely distributed by ETMA each year, which contain local news as well as information from A&WMA headquarters. Technical meetings are generally held bimonthly, with presentations and field trips on a variety of environmental topics. A specialty conference entitled “Environmental Progress in the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries” is held every 2-3 year in Bahrain. Additional educational activities are planned.

ETMA has an executive board composed of 4 officers, 4 directors, and one past-Chair. The board members serve 2-year terms of office and meet regularly to handle section business. For a list of the current board members, click here.

Two excellent journals are produced by A&WMA headquarters. The Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association and EM, the Magazine for Environmental Managers. Both of these are now available online through the A&WMA Website. A&WMA also offers a large selection of technical books and educational materials, as well as conferences; short courses, workshops and satellite seminars.

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Saudi Arabian Water Environment Association – Board Members

April 9, 2010
Executive Board Members
Mohammad Al-Abdulatif
Currently serving as a Technical Advisor for the Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  22 years with Saudi ARAMCO Education: Associates in Environmental Management – Utah Valley State University

Abdulhamid Al-Mansour
Mr. Abdulhamid Al Mansour has received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in 1976 and M.S. Engineering Management from North Eastern University, Boston, USA in 1980.He joined Saudi Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) in the year 1977 and started as a Mechanical Engineer, then he was appointed in 1980 as Project Manager for Al-Jubail Desalination & Power Complex. He was appointed in 1984 as the Director General of SWCC, Eastern province branch.Mr. Al-Mansour was elected in 1996 as a Director in the International Desalination Association Board of Directors and in 2003 he was elected as the President of the association for a two years term.  Since 2006, Mr. Al-Mansour joined Saudi Tabreed District Cooling Company (CJSC) as CEO.
David G Evan
Vice President and WEF Delegate
David Evans is a licensed water treatment plant operator, a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator, and a licensed professional engineer.  He has designed and commissioned over 20 water and wastewater treatment plants.
William Conner
Environmental Engineering Consulting working in the Wastewater Unit of the Environmental Protection Department of Saudi Aramco. Education: BS Chemical Engineering – BYU MBA – St. Ambrose University Licensed  P.E.;  Iowa & Louisiana QEP & DEE Environmental Certifications
Mark Graner
Secretary / Senior Membership coordinator
Currently serving as a Technical Advisor for the Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  Previous positions with Siemens Water Technologies, Veolia, Vivendi, and USFilter.Education: BS Engineering – United States Military Academy MS Hazardous waste Management – Southern Methodist university
General Board Members
Mohammed Abu Naiyan
Past President
Mohammed Al-Hajri
Media coordinator
Currently, serving as an environmental engineer for the Saudi Aramco Environmental Protection Department.  Previous position with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation. Education: BS Chemical Engineering – KFUPM. MS Environmental Engineering –Colorado State University
Thamer Al-Mutari
Events coordinator
Abdullah A. Al-Ammar
Web master

Currently working as Technical coordinator for wastewater and drinking water treatment plant for Saudi Aramco Utilities Department. He worked as a DCS Operator in Petrochemical Facilities at SABIC. Education: B.S Chemical Engineering, KFUPM A.D Chemical Engineering & Process Technology, JIC

E-mail: Abdullah.Ammar.1@Aramco.Com
Nidhal S. Dossary
Membership coordinator

Currently working for Saudi Aramco on Technical Support Division of Utilities Department. Previous positions serving as the Supervisor, Water and Sanitary Operations Unit, Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  Previous positions with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation. Education: BA in Chemistry University of Toledo – Ohio, USA

Mahmoud Al-Moaikel
Corporate Membership coordinator

Currently serving as the Supervisor, Water and Sanitary Operations Unit, Saudi ARAMCO Utilities Department.  Previous positions with Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation. Education: Associates in Environmental Management – Utah Valley State University

Subhi Aama
General Board Member
Greg Welch
General Board Members
Ali Al-Jeshi
General Board Members
David Husen
General Board Member
After graduation from UCLA with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Dave began his professional career providing project engineering services to Saudi Aramco in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.  Upon his return to the United States, he began a 20-year career focused on water treatment solutions for the Oil & Gas industries, first with UNOCAL Oil Company, then later with USFilter which became Siemens Water Technologies.  Dave is currently Director of Siemens Water Technologies in Saudi Arabia, headquartered in Al Khobar.  Dave is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, a professional member of AIChE

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Arabian Water Environment Association.

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Saudi Arabian Water environment Association – Who We Are

April 9, 2010

The Saudi Arabian Water Environment Association (SAWEA) is a non-profit organization founded on January 1, 2002 by a group of professionals working in Saudi Arabia in water and wastewater treatment. 

“The Objective of SAWEA is to Preserve and Enhance Water Quality in Saudi Arabia and the World”.

SAWEA is a professional self-directed group, predominantly within Saudi ARAMCO. The main sponsors of the association are the Saudi ARAMCO Utilities and Environmental Protection Departments.   In addition SAWEA is the official local chapter of the USA Water Environment Federation (WEF), which is the largest Water Association in the world

Since January 1, 2002, SAWEA has held several successful conferences and exhibitions focusing on water environmental issues.

This piece is taken from the website of the Saudi Arabian Water environment Association.

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