Consolidated expects more desalination in Mexico and Bali

Desalination supplier Consolidated Water Co, based in the Cayman Islands, says that its Rosarito project in Mexico has presented an opportunity for two other potential Mexican projects similar in size to its larger Caribbean operations.

“We continue to move forward on our Rosarito desalination plant and pipeline project in northern Baja California, Mexico,” reported Rick McTaggart, CEO, in the company’s second quarter results on 9 August 2013. “In May, we made a down-payment and took title to most of the land required for the project, and we made a second scheduled payment on the purchase option agreement for the other parcel of land needed for the project.”

“During the second quarter, our pilot plant, which is situated on the proposed feedwater source for the project, continued to provide excellent data that will be used to design the plant and was a focal point for various tours by government officials from both sides of the international border,” McTaggart added

“I am also pleased to report that our development activities in connection with the Rosarito initiative have presented us with the opportunity to pursue two other potential projects in Mexico, projects of a size consistent with some of our larger Caribbean-based operations,” he said.

McTaggart also suggested that the Indonesian island of Bali could evolve into a sizeable market once the local population and officials are exposed to the high quality of water that can be produced using seawater reverse osmosis technology.

“In Bali, Indonesia, we commissioned 250,000 GPD (0.95 m³/d) of production capacity at our initial facility for a resort customer in Nusa Dua, a part of the island where a number of luxury resort properties are under development,” McTaggart pointed out. “We believe the water demands of the tourist resorts in Nusa Dua will soon exceed the water supplies that can be provided to the area by the local public water utility, and that other areas of Bali will also experience fresh water shortages in the future.”