ZLD technology from GE for Texas powerplants
Two new Texas powerplants are to use zero liquid discharge (ZLD) wastewater treatment technology supplied by GE, the company announced on 15 January 2013.The two 758 MW natural gas, combined-cycle powerplants, located in Sherman and Temple, will be able to reduce incoming water needs by recycling and reusing more than 98% of their own cooling-tower wastewater.
Once commissioned, the Temple Power Plant, located in Bell County, will use treated water from a nearby wastewater treatment plant, and the Sherman Power Plant, located in Grayson County, will use Lake Texoma as its cooling water source.
GE's ZLD systems will treat 450 GPM (28.4 L/s) of water for each powerplant, reducing the amount of new water needed from the original sources. Panda Power Funds owns the two power plants and Bechtel will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor.
GE will provide a brine concentrator and crystallizer for the Sherman Power Plant and a brine concentrator for the Temple Power Plant. Panda expects both power plants to begin commercial operation by the end of 2014.
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