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UK seawater desalination may become necessary, says IMechE report

Seawater desalination may become necessary in the United Kingdom if precipitation does not provide sufficient water, according to a report Climate change: adapting to the inevitable published in February 2009 by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

UK MBR specialist acquired by US filtration group

UK membrane bioreactor company Aquabio Limited was acquired by US industrial filtration specialists Freudenberg group on 1 March 2013.

BASF water business combined with other sectors

German chemical giant BASF has combined its water business with its oilfield and mining businesses as from 1 April 2013 to increase efficiency and support growth.

Doosan Enpure secures Escondida pretreatment contract

Doosan Enpure has secured a US$ 17 million contract to design, procure and supply the pretreatment plant for the desalination part of the Escondida Water Supply Project at the world's largest copper mine in Chile's Atacama desert.

Chinese website and new director for Modern Water

UK forward-osmosis specialist Modern Water plc has recently appointed William Harvey as its director of strategy and new business development for its Membrane Processes division as well as its electrocoagulation products.

Modern Water ties in with Chinese partner

UK forward-osmosis desalination developer Modern Water plc has signed a framework agreement with Hangzhou Development Center of Water Treatment Technology Company Ltd (Hangzhou Water) in China.

Moore takes over engineering for Modern Water

Brian Moore has left Thames Water to become Modern Water's new engineering manager as part of the UK membrane desalination company's planned growth in its engineering department.

The solar panels at Beckton desalination plant, UK.

Solar panels commissioned at UK desalination plant

Thames Water in the UK at the end of July commissioned a 450 kW array of solar panels at its 150,000 m³/d Beckton brackish-water desalination plant as part of a bid to become Britain's biggest on-site solar power producer and industrial user.

Spatz joins board of Voltea Inc

The former chairman and CEO of Osmonics Inc, Dean Spatz, has joined the board of Voltea, the UK developer of capacitive deionization (CapDI) desalination.

Modern Water opens new office in Shanghai

UK company Modern Water announced on 26 November 2013 the formation of Modern Water Technology (Shanghai) Co Ltd and the opening of its new office in Shanghai, China.

Italy's De Nora bags Severn Trent's electrochlorination arm

UK-based electrochlorination firm Severn Trent and Italy's Industrie De Nora have agreed the sale of Severn Trent's Water Purification business to De Nora.

UK utility ponders south coast desalination plant

UK utility, Southern Water, is considering the construction of a seawater desalination plant near the south coast city of Southampton.

UK water firm plans two water reuse plants

UK water company South East Water is to develop two water reuse schemes as part of its bid to ensure supply meets demand to 2040. 

Biwater wins reuse treatment plant contract in Morocco

UK contractor Biwater has been awarded a turnkey project to design and construct a new wastewater treatment plant in the city of Aourir, a tourist destination close to Agadir on Morocco's Atlantic coast.



Vote for desalination in the £10 million Longitude Prize!

Desalination has been chosen as the challenge in the Water section of the newly revived Longitude Prize with a prize of £10 million for whoever can create a cheap, environmentally sustainable desalination technology.

Forward-osmosis companies launch international association

Four companies specializing in forward osmosis membrane technology launched the International Forward Osmosis Association (IFOA) on 7 April 2014.

Mott MacDonald absorbs Australasian water specialist

The Mott MacDonald consultancy group has taken in AWT, a specialist water technology and consulting company based in New Zealand and Australia.

Biwater gets Barclays backing for Caribbean SWRO plant

A Caribbean water and wastewater project, including a 10,400 m³/d seawater desalination plant, has received financial backing worth US$ 43 million from Barclays, backed by a UK Export Finance Guarantee.

Modern Water set for first FO desalination plant in China

Modern Water is set to build a forward-osmosis (FO) desalination plant in Xugong Island, China, as a result of one of three deals signed by the UK company during a trade mission to China led by UK prime minister David Cameron.

Solent desalination plant foreseen for UK by 2028

The UK's Southern Water is looking at a 20,000 m³/d Solent Coast desalination scheme, to be built in the county of Hampshire by 2028.

IChemE forecasts more UK municipal desalination by 2050

By 2050, at least four municipal desalination plants and up to 800 smaller units could be providing water to UK households and industry.

Ion exchange + ceramic MF for UK water treatment plant

A water treatment plant using suspended ion-exchange (SIX) and ceramic microfiltration is to be built by the UK's South West Water using CeraMac technology from PWN Technologies of the Netherlands.

North Sea gas RO package supplied by UK company

A containerised reverse‑osmosis (RO) desalination package is to be supplied for an unmanned gas platform in the North Sea by Salt Separation Services of Rochdale, UK.

Ion Exchange (India) loses founder

The founder and chairman emeritus of India's water and environment company, Ion Exchange (India) Ltd, G Shankar Ranganathan, passed away on 18 March 2013.

MottMac named as engineer for Ghubrah IWP

Mott MacDonald of the UK has been named owner's engineer for the US$ 350 million Ghubrah Independent Water Project (IWP) in Muscat, Oman.

Modern Water gets £ 9.5 million from share issue

UK forward-osmosis (FO) and monitoring specialist Modern Water plc announced on 12 February 2013 that it had raised, subject to certain conditions, £ 10.0 million (approximately £ 9.5 million net of expenses) by way of a placing of 20,000,000 new ordinary shares with both new and existing institutional shareholders at a price of £0.50 per ordinary share.

Modern Water appoints US monitoring sales VP

UK-based Modern Water plc has appointed a vice president of sales, Americas, for its Monitoring division. This appointment will strengthen the geographical reach of the division and will drive Modern Water's sales activity in North, Central and South America.

Chilton joins Toray Membrane in Europe

Mark Chilton has joined Tory Membrane Europe as European specialty products manager effective 1 January 2013.

Doosan acquires UK desalination pretreatment technology

Korean company Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction announced on 13 November 2012 that it had completed its acquisition of key assets of the water/wastewater treatment engineering company Enpure, based in the UK.

Small FO desalination plant commissioned in Oman

A 200 m³/d forward-osmosis (FO) desalination plant has been commissioned by Modern Water at Al Najdah in the Al Wusta region of Oman.

ACWA appoints nanotechnology membrane specialist

UK water and wastewater specialist ACWA Services announced on 6 June 2012 that it has appointed a membrane nanotechnology specialist, Dr Oscar Hernandez-Ramirez as a chemical process engineer.

VWS buys inge UF modules for oil rig

VWS Westgarth has awarded a contract to BASF subsidiary inge GmbH for 600 dizzer® ultrafiltration (UF) modules for an oil rig.

Desalination/reuse in UK/Israel water agreement

Desalination, water reuse and use of renewable energy in desalination and water reclamation were included in an agreement signed on 21 December 2011 between British Water, which represents the UK water industry supply chain, and MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Centre for Research & Development.

Aquatech buys majority stake in Indian chemical provider

Desalination and water-treatment specialist Aquatech International, based in Pennsylvania, has made a majority strategic investment in India's WEX Technologies Private Ltd, a provider of performance water-treatment chemicals and services.

BWA changes hands once more

Desalination and water treatment chemical specialist BWA Water Additives has been sold for the second time in three years for around £ 185 million (US$ 300 million).

Modern Water claims first FO commercial desalination contract

UK-based Modern Water has won what is believed to be the first ever forward-osmosis (FO) commercial contract for desalination, following its award of a UK£ 500,000 (US$ 810,000) contract for a 200 m³/d plant by Oman's Public Authority for Electricity & Water (PAEW).

Ras Az Zawr to have DAF/DMF pretreatment from Enpure

Pretreatment for the reverse osmosis (RO) section of the world's largest seawater desalination plant at Ras Az Zawr (or Ras Azzour) in Saudi Arabia is to be by dissolved air flotation (DAF) and dual-media filtration (DMF).

UK water nano group to be launched at February workshop

The programme has been announced for a UK nanotechnology for water event to be held at University College London (UCL) on 15 February 2011, which will provide an official launch for the EcoNano Focus Group.

Scottish company wins order for North Sea RO units

Aberdeen-based Monitor Systems Scotland has won a contract to supply six 50 m³/d reverse-osmosis (RO) desalination units for three North Sea offshore platforms operated by TAQA Bratani, owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PSJC.

Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Black & Veatch

B&V puts forward four water-reuse recommendations

Four key recommendations have been put forward by Dan McCarthy, president and CEO of Black & Veatch's global water business, for overcoming global barriers to reuse of water as part of an integrated water industry portfolio.

The RO hall at the Thames Gateway desalination plant east of London.

Four-stage RO for London desalination plant

The UK's 150,000 m³/d Thames Gateway brackish-water reverse-osmosis (RO) desalination plant, which was opened by Queen Elizabeth's husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, on 2 June 2010, has a four-stage RO process.

Philippine/Japanese consortium buys UU Australia

United Utilities Australia Pty Ltd, which is involved in several membrane-based desalination and water reuse projects in Australia, has been bought by a consortium including Manila Water of the Philippines and Mitubishi Corp and JGC Corporation of Japan.

The signing of the Maldives contract

Biwater to build six SWRO plants in Maldives

Six seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plants with a total capacity of 3,000 m³/d are to built built in the Southern Province of the Maldive Islands by Biwater International Limited.

Cascal chairman looks to desalination future

Cascal NV, a subsidiary of the UK-based Biwater water and wastewater group, is looking to extend its market reach further into desalination, according to its recently elected chairman, Adrian White.

CH2M Hill hires UK engineer as water operations chief

CH2M Hill announced on 4 August 2009 that British civil engineer Neil Reynolds has joined the Denver-based firm as international operations director for the Water Business Group.

Biwater chair knighted

Biwater chairman, Adrian E White, CBE, received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, in recognition of services to trade and exporting.

Weir Materials acquired by Rolled Alloys

The Weir name finally dropped out of the desalination mainstream in mid-October when Weir Materials was acquired by Rolled Alloys (RA) a US-based supplier of heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant alloys and branded stainless steels.

BWA Additives acquired by Bahrain bank

United International Bank BSC, an investment bank headquartered in Bahrain, announced at the end of September 2008 its acquisition of the UK-based BWA Water Additives, a leading water treatment solution provider from Close Brothers Private Equity Ltd.

Sembcorp reuse closes Chinese port-zone's water loop

Singapore company Sembcorp today opens its first industrial water reclamation plant in China on 13 December 2011.

Carmine Ciccocioppo, general manager operations for Osmoflo, and Matt Reed, general manager mines and export, for OneSteel at the commissioning.

Osmoflo commissions 4,000 m³/d SWRO desalination plant

A 4,000 m³/d seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant has been commissioned in Whyalla, South Australia, for steel manufacturer OneSteel.

FO pilot plant could follow HTI Dubai link-up

Forward-osmosis (FO) system manufacturer Hydration Technology Innovations LLC (HTI) has signed an international distribution, services and cooperation agreement for FO technology with Future Technologies LLC of Dubai. Future Technologies will distribute HTI's FO OsMem™ membrane technology for industrial applications.

Osmoflo wins industrial water-reuse project

Australia's Osmoflo has won a tender to design, build, operate and maintain a Aus$ 5 million (US$ 5.3 million) water-recycling plant and reticulation system at the Nyrstar Port Pirie smelter north of Adelaide in South Australia.

Brochure available for SWMOA's Sonoma symposium

A brochure for the Annual Symposium of the Southwest Membrane Operator Association (SWMOA) with a complete program and registration details is now available from the association.

Parsons selected for California water-reuse expansion

California's West Basin Water District has awarded its largest ever water-reuse contract to Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation on a design-build basis.

H20 Innovation opens Indian manufacturing plant

Canada's H2O Innovation Inc announced on 6 April 2011 the opening of a 10,000 ft² (929 m²) manufacturing plant for its Indian joint-venture H2O Innovation India Ltd near Vadodara, Gujarat.

Wastewater reuse to be integral to Taiwan development

Successful results from a wastewater-reuse demonstration plant in Taiwan mean that wastewater recycling is set to become an integral part of daily life in the country, helping it to achieve sustainable development, the country's minister of economic affairs, Shih Yen-shiang, said on 29 March 2011.

China to cut industrial water use per unit output

Water used for China's industry will be reduced by 7% this year and by 30% by 2015 against unit output, Zhou Changyi, director of energy conservation, told a conference in Nanjing on 28 March 2011.

Water Planet to use 3M polymer in membrane manufacture

Water Planet Engineering (WPE), a spinoff company from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), has entered into a joint development agreement with global company 3M to explore commercial production of a new polymer material with widespread industrial application.

Italian project in Libya includes desalination plant

Italian energy company Eni announced on 19 December 2010 that it had signed a memorandum of understanding for development of a social project in El Agheil, Libya, including construction of a desalination plant.

AECOM wins USAID water reuse work in Jordan

AECOM Technology Corporation announced on 30 November 2010 that it won a US$ 28 million task order from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) under its Global Architecture Engineering Infrastructure Indefinite Quantity Contract.

Indians providing MBR wastewater treatment in Africa

Indian water technology provider Shivsu Canadian Clear International Ltd has won orders worth US$ 6 million from private organizations and governments in Africa to set up membrane-based industrial wastewater treatment plants in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

The ultrafiltration system in Abu Dhabi supplied by inge watertechnologies AG will treat 80,000 m³/d.

UF modules ordered for UAE steelworks' RO pretreatment

Ultrafiltration modules from Germany's inge watertechnologies AG have been ordered for a 80,000 m³/d seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant at the Emirates Steel Industries steelworks in Mussafah, UAE.

MBR/IFAS reuse technology could be used at Chinese jewellery site

Two wastewater treatment plants being investigated for a new Chinese industrial park for precious-metal jewellery production could use advanced technologies for wastewater reuse.

Australia's first reused water network for industry goes to Veolia

The first private scheme for recycled water to a network of multiple industrial users in Australia is to be provided for Sydney Water Corporation by Veolia Water, together with AquaNet Sydney Pty Ltd (part of the Jemena Ltd group).

Wabag wins Libyan power station treatment job

The General Electric Company of Libya (GECOL) has awarded a contract to VA Tech Wabag for four industrial water treatment plants in Tobruk, Tripoli and Derna.

Malaysian desalination plant in Tianjin will be ZLD

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on 29 May 2014 for an industrial desalination project in Tianjin, China, which is claimed to be the first zero-liquid discharge seawater desalination project in the world.

Desalitech RO wastewater use 'will pay back in 6 months'

Desalitech, developer of the closed-circuit desalination (CCD) system, is to supply a zero liquid discharge (ZLD) advanced wastewater treatment system for a pesticide plant in Gujarat, India.

Sembcorp to build Chinese chemical wastewater plant

Sembcorp announced on 19 December 2013 that it would be developing a new industrial wastewater treatment plant in the Caofeidian Chemical Industrial Park in Hebei province, China.

Oasys announces sales hook-up with oil & gas servicer

Forward-osmosis specialist Oasys Water announced on 12 December 2013 that it had recently signed an exclusive sales agreement with National Oilwell Varco LP (NOV), a leading global provider of equipment and services used in the oil and gas market.

EIS filed for SWRO desalination plant for Chile fishery

An environmental impact study (EIS) has been filed by Seven Seas Water Chile SpA for the Bahía Caldera Desalination Plant in Chile's Region III.

ConocoPhillips becomes 3rd Saltworks Technologies investor

Canadian desalination and brine treatment company Saltworks Technologies announced on 23 May 2014 that it had received investment funding from ConocoPhillips Company, Saltworks' third industrial shareholder.

US energy company get rights to Chinese membranes

L & L Energy Inc, a US-based company with coal operations in China, announced on 31 October 2013 that it has secured rights to advanced membrane-osmosis technologies from the R&D Center for Membrane Technology (CMT) at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) to support its clean energy initiatives in China.

Sembcorp takes on ZLD water management plant in China

A total water management plant to support a coal-to-diesel project in Wangqiao Industrial Park, located in Changzhi city in China's Shanxi province, is to be provided by Sembcorp Industries of Singapore, the company announced on 18 October 2013.

Desalination capacity increasing by 50% in 2013 says IDA

Desalination plants with a total capacity of 6 million m³/d are expected to come on line during 2013, a 50% increase on 2012, according to new data from the International Desalination Association and GWI DesalData.

BASF industrial water business transfered to Degrémont

German chemical giant BASF announced on 30 September 2013 the successful closing of the transaction to divest its subsidiary Industrial Water Management France SAS, headquartered in Lyon, France, to Degrémont, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement.

LiqTech lands follow-up membrane order from China

LiqTech International Inc of Denmark has received an additional purchase order for its silicon carbide (SiC) membranes from RIPE (Huzhou), a Chinese membrane system integrator.

Woongjin backs Californian FO membrane‑maker

Korean membrane company Woongjin Chemical Company has signed an agreement with California startup Porifera Inc providing investment for the Silicon Valley company to develop, manufacture and commercialize forward osmosis (FO) membranes at high volume.

Perth groundwater replenishment project gets go-ahead

The Western Australia state government announced on 1 August 2013 that it was adopting groundwater replenishment with reused municipal and industrial wastewater to help secure Perth's water supplies.

Acciona Agua appoints director to boost industrial business

Industrial engineer Carlos Vergara Perra joined Spanish EPC contractor Acciona Agua on 10 June 2013 as development director of international clients.

Canadians win RO contract in Peru

Canada's BluMetric Environmental Inc has been awarded a US$ 1.38 million contract to supply a reverse osmosis (RO) system to deliver high-quality process water at a new facility for a large diversified industrial chemicals producer in Peru.

Industrial WateReuse conference to be held in Long Beach

The WateReuse Association (WRA) has issued a call for abstracts for its first Industrial Reuse Specialty Conference.

Mann+Hummel buys into membrane-maker Microdyn-Nadir

Industrial filtration group Mann+Hummel announced on 8 May 2014 that it had taken a 50% stake of the German‑based company Microdyn‑Nadir.

Desalitech and Veolia tie up Mexican MoU

Desalitech Inc has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies to bring advanced cost‑effective high‑recovery water solutions to Mexico and additional countries worldwide.

China names seawater desalination project sites

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's top economic planner, announced on 15 March 2013 the first batch of regions and companies selected to carry out seawater desalination projects.

Interim CEO and CFO appointed to Evoqua board

The board of directors of Evoqua Water Technologies, formerly Siemens Water Technologies, has named AEA Investors LP operating partner Gary Cappeline as interim CEO, and Mark Roos, formerly of Unifrax LLC, as interim CFO.

Desalitech launches US base and hires new staff

Desalitech Ltd, developer of the Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD) sytem, announced on 18 December 2013 that it will be establishing its US headquarters in Massachusetts. It has also hired four new staff in the US.

Hyflux sells half-share of Singapore membrane R&D firm

Singapore's Hyflux Ltd announced on 11 March 2014 that it had agreed with Marmon Water (Singapore) Pte Ltd (MWS) to sell to MWS its entire 50% equity interest in Hyflux Marmon Development Pte Ltd (HMD), a company devoted to membrane/media filtration research.

Webcast to present industrial water-reuse successes

A webcast taking a look at three industrial water-reuse success stories demonstrating why recycled water is a viable, sustainable, and necessary option is to be presented by the WateReuse Association (WRA) on 14 November 2012.

MBR upgrade for Budapest suburb's wastewater reuse

Membrane bioreactor (MBR) ultrafiltration technology is to be supplied to a suburb of Hungary's capital, Budapest, by GE to expand a wastewater reuse system and improve water quality.

Ceramic MBR + UASB water reuse plant opens in Singapore

Singapore's first ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant coupled with an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) was opened on 7 March 2014 to treat and recycle industrial used water.

CH2M Hill reports to USEPA on industrial water use

Water reuse is one of a number of trends for water usage in American industry identified in a report just published by engineering company CH2M Hill for the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Australian membrane water-reuse plant starts commissioning

Work has begun on commissioning and testing the first stage of the membrane-based Northern Water Plant in Corio, Australia, 70 km south‑west of Melbourne.

WRA aims outreach workshops at California CII sector

The WateReuse Association is organising outreach workshops in California on commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) water recycling aimed at business owners, plant engineers, utility managers, consultants and other industry experts.

Aeromix to build giant desalination plant for Pakistan port

A 97 MIGD (440,000 m³/d) seawater desalination plant is to be built in Port Qasim, Pakistan, by Aeromix Systems, a subsidiary of RWL Water Group.

Ceramic MBR demonstration project agreed in Singapore

A ceramic membrane bioreactor (MBR) demonstration plant is to be built at Singapore's Jurong Water Reclamation Plant following the signing of an agreement between the country's water agency, PUB, and Meiden Singapore (MSL), a subsidiary of Meidensha of Japan.

VA Tech Wabag wins industrial reuse plant in Gujarat

Ultrafiltration (UF), reverse-osmosis (RO) and a membrane bioreactor (MBR) will all be part of a 32,420 m³/d effluent treatment and recycling plant to be built in India by Chennai-based VA Tech Wabag.

Abigroup to build Kooragang wastewater reuse plant

Construction of the Kooragang Industrial Water Scheme (KIWS) in New South Wales, Australia, is to be carried out by Abigroup under an Aus$ 40 million (US$ 40 million) contract.

US$ 10.6 million grant for water-reuse schemes

The US Bureau of Reclamation announced on 4 May 2012 the selection of seven projects in the Mid-Pacific Region to receive more than US$ 10.6 million in WaterSMART Title XVI water recycling and reuse funding.

Hitachi and Hyflux in Indian desalination agreement

A co-developer agreement for a seawater desalination project in Gujarat state, India, was announced on 22 March 2012 by a consortium of Hitachi Ltd and Itochu Corporation of Japan with Hyflux Ltd of Singapore.

Construction work on the South Bay Advanced Water Treatment Facility

City seeks to join South Bay reuse system

The City of Sunnyvale in California voted on 6 March 2012 to explore connecting its recycled water system to the South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) system operated by the City of San Jose in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD).


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