Wabag to design and build a desalination plant at Mangalore refinery

Wabag has won a design and build contract to supply a desalination plant for Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) in Karnataka, India.

The contract worth INR 4.8 billion ($65.8 million) is for a seawater desalination plant of 300,000 m3/d. MRPL’s goal is to minimise its own dependency on freshwater sources. The facility will be expandable to 700,000 m3/d in the future.

The scope of work comprises engineering, supply, erection, construction and commissioning. The timeframe is 22 months. The plant will use reverse osmosis for seawater and brackish water, as well as an ultra filtration system. Wabag will lay 11 kilometres of piping to deliver water to the refinery.

A 10-year operations and maintenance contract will be awarded following successful commissioning of the plant.