The United Arab Emirates billionaire plans to drag the Antarctic iceberg home to solve water shortage at a cost of up to 1 billion yuan

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 The United Arab Emirates billionaire plans to drag the Antarctic iceberg home to solve water shortage at a cost of up to 1 billion yuan


From Miami to Bangalore, India, to Cape Town, South Africa, many world metropolises are facing water shortages. In the Middle East, local tyrants have come up with an amazing solution. According to the Daily Mail of Britain, an entrepreneur in the United Arab Emirates plans to tug an iceberg from Antarctica to quench his thirst for a huge sum of money.

Reported that the United Arab Emirates is one of the driest countries in the world, and will face serious water shortages in the next 25 years. Abdullah al-Sheikh, an inventor and entrepreneur in the United Arab Emirates, has developed an ambitious plan to turn the iceberg into water. With the help of satellite positioning, they will find the right iceberg from Hurd Island, 1000 kilometers off the Antarctic coast, then tie it up with ropes and nets, and tow about 8,800 kilometers by boat to the Emirates of Fuchaila, the United Arab Emirates. Workers use special equipment to gradually cut up the iceberg, put it into giant tanks, and then process and filter it.

The planned haul of the iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water (about 75.7 billion liters). Although the iceberg is expected to lose about 30% of its quality during its 10-month journey from Hurd Island to the coast of Fuchaila, it can still provide enough water for 1 million people in five years. Of course, the plan was not achieved overnight. Preparatory experiments will be conducted in November this year. First, the iceberg will be dragged from Cape Town, South Africa to Perth, Australia. Experts from France, Norway and South Africa will also make suggestions. The cost of this method is lower than that of desalinating seawater, and the final cost of the project will be controlled between $100 million and $150 million, Alchechy said. In addition, the discharge of concentrated brine into the sea during desalination will cause a certain degree of salinity increase, thus affecting the quality of seawater and the survival of marine organisms, while the impact of iceberg water on the environment is relatively small. It is reported that as early as the 1970s, Saudi Arabia and other countries have done similar experiments, but due to technical difficulties, they all declared failure. Source of this article: Global Network Responsible Editor: Liu Yuxin_NBJS7825

The planned haul of the iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water (about 75.7 billion liters). Although the iceberg is expected to lose about 30% of its quality during its 10-month journey from Hurd Island to the coast of Fuchaila, it can still provide enough water for 1 million people in five years. Of course, the plan was not achieved overnight. Preparatory experiments will be conducted in November this year. First, the iceberg will be dragged from Cape Town, South Africa to Perth, Australia. Experts from France, Norway and South Africa will also make suggestions.

The cost of this method is lower than that of desalinating seawater, and the final cost of the project will be controlled between $100 million and $150 million, Alchechy said. In addition, the discharge of concentrated brine into the sea during desalination will cause a certain degree of salinity increase, thus affecting the quality of seawater and the survival of marine organisms, while the impact of iceberg water on the environment is relatively small.

It is reported that as early as the 1970s, Saudi Arabia and other countries have done similar experiments, but due to technical difficulties, they all declared failure.