University may manage Texas desalination study

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) in Texas, USA, is to negotiate an agreement with the Sustainable Energy Research Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio to manage a feasibility study for a proposed seawater desalination plant.

The GBRA is currently looking at 16 bids to carry out the study and seeking to narrow these to four or five for interview.

The authority’s board authorised general manager WA ‘Bill’ West to approach the UTSA institute at its meeting on 19 December 2012. It is looking to run the desalination plant via a combined-cycle gas power station, which could also supply the grid.