IDA Announces New Dates for the Specialty Conference on Ocean Brine Concentrate Mining for Desalination

IDA Announces March 21-23, 2022 as New Dates for the Specialty Conference on Ocean Brine Concentrate Mining for Desalination, to be held at the InterContinental Al Jubail Resort in Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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IDA Announces New Dates for the Specialty Conference on Ocean Brine Concentrate Mining for Desalination

The International Desalination Association is in partnership with the renowned Desalination Technology Research Institute (DTRI) and Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) announce March 21-23, 2022 as new dates for the 3-day Specialty Conference on Ocean Brine Mining for Desalination, to be held at the Intercontinental al Jubail Resort, in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. 

Jointly organized by the IDA and DTRI of SWCC, under the patronage of the Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this specialty conference is a forum for technical experts, scientists, applied researchers, practitioners, and innovators. The aim is to share their latest technologies and experience in brine concentration extraction of valuable minerals. Brine mining is trailblazing a new desalination industry path of Zero Discharge & Cost (ZD&C) desalination.

This landmark event aims to capture a new industry trend of turning brine generated by desalination plants from a waste product into a sustainable and valuable alternative source of minerals currently obtained by terrestrial mining.

“Our vision for the future of the desalination industry is to harness the value contained in seawater brine and to use it for subsidizing the production of desalinated water, thereby transforming desalination into the lowest cost freshwater production technology in the world,” said H.E. Abdullah Al-Abdul Kareem, Governor of Saline Water Conversion Corporation.

The conference will provide a unique forum to experts and innovators in this new and promising field to share their knowledge and experience on leading-edge technologies that convert cost-effectively brine into mineral products and extract rare metals of strategic importance for advanced industries, including lithium, cesium, rubidium, barium.

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The conference’s Day 1 Program is entitled “Technologies for Brine Concentration and Zero Liquid Discharge.” It explores themes such as State of the Art of Thermal Brine Concentration, Brine Concentration for Harvesting of Minerals, and The Future of Brine Concentration – Next Generation Technologies. Day 2, “Technologies for Mining of Minerals and Metals from Brine,” focuses on state-of-the-art of brine extraction technologies. Day 3 has a session on “Case Studies for Desalination Brine Mining” showcasing projects for successful brine mining, an Expert Forum on “Brine Mining Challenges and Solutions,” and a visit to the SWCC Brine Mining Research Facility in Jubail and the 320,000 m3/day Ras Al Khair desalination plant.

The conference will have four types of sponsors – Platinum – US$100,000; Gold – US$50,000; Silver – US$25,000; Bronze – US$10,000.

SWCC/DTRI will select and sponsor Best Paper Awards. The awards will be as follows: Premier Best Paper and Best Paper. The Premier Best Paper will reward the recipient US$10,000, and The Best Paper will have a reward of US$5,000.

Two researchers will also be awarded 6-month DTRI Scholarships for the funding and pilot testing of their research at the DTRI center in Jubail. The scholarships will cover all expenses of the selected scientists to travel to Jubail and pilot test and advance their technologies for six months at the DTRI. They will provide a 6-month stipend/salary for the period of the scholarship. The two scholarships to be awarded by DTRI/SWCC are:

•    Scholarship for Advancement of Mineral Extraction Technology
•    Scholarship for Advancement of Rare Metal Extraction Technology

“The question of Ocean Brine Concentrate Mining continues to be key in developing a sustainable future, and the IDA applauds the Saline Water Conversion Corporation for taking a lead role on this important subject,” said Ms. Shannon McCarthy, IDA Secretary General.