Maintenance, Graphene, Research
Masdar graphene study bags Abu Dhabi research prize
A graphene desalination membrane research project was among six proposals from Abu Dhabi's sustainable technology-focused university, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, that each won a AED 2 million (US$ 500,000) Abu Dhabi Education Council Award for Research Excellence.
CDI low-energy desalination can supply remote communities
There has been a lot of media fuss recently about the work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on using graphene sheets in membrane desalination. Equally important work is going on in Australia on using graphene sheets as electrodes for capacitive deionisation (CDI). Supported by the National Centre for Excellence in Desalination, Professor Linda Zou has proved that CDI technology offers a viable alternative solution for brackish water treatment, especially in communities in remote areas where building a large and high-maintenance treatment plant is not practical. This article first appeared in the August/September 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.
Point Lisas back in action
Trinidad's Point Lisas desalination plant has resumed operation following the completion of extensive planned maintenance work by its owner, the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
Australians offered a desalination O&M masterclass
The Australian Water Association has issued a call for papers for a Master Class on Desalination Operations & Maintenance to be held in Sydney on 2-4 February 2010.
Israel Electric looks for Hadera desalination maintenance
Israel Electric Corporation is negotiating to take over maintenance for the 275,000 m³/d Hadera desalination plant, currently under construction in Israel, according to the Globes financial newspaper.
Trinidad residents struggle as Point Lisas closes for maintenance
Trinidad's water supplies will be placed under stress after the water and sewerage authority temporarily shuts down the Point Lisas desalination plant for maintenance creating a 10% shortfall in output.
UK researchers develop graphene membranes for desalination
Researchers at the National Graphene Institute, University of Manchester, UK, have developed a new graphene oxide membrane for desalination.
LG Electronics forms water treatment JV with Hitachi
South Korea's LG Electronics and Japan's Hitachi are to establish a joint venture in October 2011 to expand into the water and wastewater treatment industries initially in Korea.
Qatar backs Palestinian water projects
The Qatar Development Fund has signed up to back Middle East Desalination Research Center (MERDC) projects in Palestine and Jordan.
Energy Recovery: 'hyper-focused' on water
The former chief financial director of Energy Recovery has now stepped into the top job as chief executive on a permanent basis. He reveals plans to develop new packaged product for the desalination market, and takes a wry line on the industry's lively rumour mill.
Interview: Kati Bell, Stantec global reuse leader
Canadian engineering giant Stantec acquired water business MWH Global for $795 million, back in 2016. Now that the dust has settled on the deal, how well is the integration of the two organisations proceeding, and as the global water reuse practice hits its stride, how could its work help to shape the water markets of the future?
Australian study finds way to up value of desalination for farming
Scientists at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have found that the addition of nutrients could make desalinated water more financially attractive to farmers.
IDA extends deadline for Fellowship applications
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has extended the deadline for applications for its 2014-15 Fellowship Programme, giving candidates until 31 January, 2015 to apply.
Grundfos bags US$ 1.1 million grant for wastewater treatment research
Singapore has awarded pump and water technologies company, Grundfos, a S$1.4 million (US$ 1.1 million) grant to develop a wastewater filtration technology which the company says can "significantly reduce" capital investment and operational costs for wastewater treatment.
Membrane market growth to run until 2020
The fruits of growing research and development in forward osmosis for desalination are highlighted in a recent sector report as drivers of growth in the market for membrane separation technologies running to at least 2020.
Desalination drives nanofiltration market growth
Desalination is one of the primary forces behind nearly three quarters of a 15% growth forecast in the nanofiltration (NF) market worldwide that will take it above US$ 445 million by 2019 according to market researcher BCC Research.
MEDRC to run two RO courses in May 2014
The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) in Oman is running two three-day courses on operation of reverse-osmosis (RO) plants in May 2014:
AMTA/AWWA 2015 membrane conference abstracts invited
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and the American Water Works Association have issued a call for papers for their fourth joint Membrane Technology Conference to be held in Florida in 2015.
MEDRC to run membrane courses in Oman
The Middle East Desalination Research Centre (MEDRC) has obtained an exclusive license to present two David H Paul seminars in the Middle East/North Africa region.
IDE/Clean Harbours tie-up aims at oil sands clean-up
Desalination designer and constructor IDE Technologies Ltd and US waste and wastewater specialist Clean Harbors today announced a joint research and development (R&D) program to increase the availability and reliability of mechanical vapor compression (MVC) evaporators for treating oil sands produced water in Alberta, Canada.
PUB 'to develop and commercialise' new technology with RfPs worth $23million
Singapore's national water agency PUB has issued requests for proposals (RfPs) in three fields of water technology research, with a budget totalling SGD 30 million ($23 million).
Pall grabs another naval water-generator contract
Membrane-based freshwater generators are to be supplied to the UK's Royal Navy by Pall Corporation after successful sea trials.
Pall to design navy inshore desalination system
The US Navy's Office of Naval Research has contracted Pall Corporation for a multi-phase project to develop an advanced shipboard desalination system specifically for operations in coastal waters.
Canada/Norway study of pretreatment for osmotic power
Pretreatment of fresh water for an osmotic power plant is to be studied by Canada's Hydro-Quebec as part of a three-year agreement with Norway's Statkraft to speed up the development of osmotic power.
Tri-national desalination course held in Tel Aviv
A five-day desalination course jointly organized by the Jordan, Israel and Palestinian water authorities, in partnership with the Middle East Desalination Research Center, was held in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 30 October - 4 November 2011.
Desalination and reuse in Mexico-Israel water agreement
Desalination and wastewater treatment and reuse were part of an agreement signed on 14 November 2011 between the Mexican national water agency, Conagua, and Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor.
Is water in the grip of a skills crisis?
In an engineering-heavy sector such as water, it's a truism that well qualified people are thin on the ground. But is it more accurate to say that the global water industry in the grip of a skills crisis?
IDE desalination seminar trains Jordanians and Palestinians
Thirty participants from Palestine and Jordan completed a week-long desalination seminar in Israel in early November 2010.
LG Electronics to develop membrane water treatment business
South Korea's LG Electronics (LG), better known for TVs and other electronic goods, is seeking staff and partners in advanced membrane technology to help it build a global water treatment business.
The Long Read: The changing EPC landscape
There is a big shift going on in the water sector, and it's exemplified by the Suez-GE deal. While the focus of services offered by engineers has always ebbed and flowed along a spectrum of consultancy, design work, systems integration, and delivery, nowadays customers' decision-making processes are pushing at the boundaries of these traditional project service offerings.
IDA releases more Congress details
More details have been released about the program for the 2009 World Congress of the International Desalination Association (IDA), which will take place during 7-12 November 2009 in Dubai.
Water. desalination + reuse September edition out now
The first edition of our brand new look quarterly, Water. desalination + reuse, is out now, with all the latest news and views from the front line of the global water desalination and reuse industry.
Korea puts $170m into desalination SWRO and water reuse
The Republic of Korea has recently funded a six-year US$ 170 million research initiative in seawater desalination. Over 500 researchers from 16 universities will contribute to the work of the 50-member core team. Government leaders funded the research initiative in part due to the success of South Korean multinational firms in the desalination export sector. However, the South Korean desalination initiative has a humanitarian goal as well, since much of the world's population faces a future of uncertain access to clean water. SeaHERO (Seawater Engineering & Architecture of High Efficiency RO) was launched by the South Korean government in August 2007. The program is coordinated by In S Kim, executive director of the Center for Seawater Desalination Plant located at Gung Ju Institute of Science & Technology. The six-year program has the goal of providing innovation in reverse-osmosis membranes, energy recovery and reducing the cost of engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance. This article appeared in D&WR magazine's August/September 2008 issue.
Highlights to watch at IDA World Congress 2017
Technical program chair Miguel Angel Sanz introduces his highlights from the line up at IDA World Congress 2017
Q&A: Tim Harper, G20 Water Technologies
Former European Space Agency scientist Tim Harper, now chief executive of G2O Water Technologies, talks graphene-coated membranes
IDA Fellowship partners with PUB to offer desal or reuse opportunity
Singapore's national water agency PUB is to host the IDA Fellowship Programme for 2016-17, with the selected individual offered an opportunity in either desalination or reuse for the first time.
Spiral scoops innovation award for its 'disruptive' automatic self-cleaning filter
Spiral Water has picked up an Innovation Award from BlueTech Research for its automatic self-cleaning water filter, a "disruptive" new filter technology according to Spiral chief executive Ashwin Gulati.
Abengoa's project in Agadir, Morocco, expands in size and scope
Abengoa is to expand capacity of a desalination plant project in development, and to construct additional capacity for irrigation purposes, in Agadir, Morocco.
Q&A Ziad Bouars: "When you come it's just sand"
Ziad Bouars, commissioning manager at Sidem-Veolia, explains why he has no intention of swapping a projects role out in the field for a desk job back at head office
Kenya awards Almar and Aqua Swiss with desalination contracts
Kenya has awarded Almar Water Solutions a 100,000 m3/d desalination plant project in Mombasa and AquaSwiss a 30,000 m3/d project in Likoni.
IDE Technologies wins desal project at Mai-Liao Power Plant, Taiwan
IDE Technologies is to build and operate a seawater reverse osmosis desalination facility at Mai-Liao Power Plant in Yunlin County, west Taiwan.
ACWA Power Barka shuts off gas and steam turbines
A gas turbine has tripped at ACWA Power Barka power and water station in Oman, resulting in both of the plant's gas turbines and its steam turbine being shut off.
Pumps-as-a-service: the future beckons
On 1 May 2017, Fredrik Ostbye, a Swedish entrepreneur with a track record of digital product development, joined the 72-year old Danish pumps manufacturer Grundfos in the newly created role of group vice president and head of digital transformation.
Interview: Pedro Almagro, CEO, Abengoa Agua
As comebacks go, Abengoa's has been pretty impressive. The company that has been through a traumatic one-and-a-half years, in April 2017 wowed the industry with a massive €240 million contract win from Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power.
AquaVenture cuts loss, as top line grows
US-based water company AquaVenture has reported revenue growth of 14 per cent to $114 million in year ended 31 December 2016.
Top five facts about the Suez-GE Water deal
Suez's audacious move to outbid all comers to acquire GE Water introduces a new dynamic to global desalination and reuse markets. What do people think of the deal?
New water company Almar Water Solutions launched by former Abengoa CEO
Almar Water Solutions, a new water infrastructure development company led by former Abengoa chief executive Carlos Cosin, was launched at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, January 2017.
Energy Recovery partners with Duchting Pumpen on new energy savings agreement package
Pressure energy specialist Energy Recovery has signed a master agreement with Germany-based pumps manufacturer Duchting Pumpen to provide a new combined solution for desalination.
ACWA Emirates delivers MBR reuse plant for Saudi Aramco
ACWA Emirates has completed a water reuse plant at Shaybah Oilfield, Saudi Arabia, for crude and natural gas exporter Saudi Aramco.
Switchgear damage delays VDP re-energisation
Victorian Desalination Plant operator AquaSure has confirmed that work is underway to repair a switchgear that was damaged during re-energisation of the plant.
Sri Lanka powers ahead with desalination plans
The Sri Lankan government is moving ahead with its plans to produce desalinated water, issuing a request for qualifications on one project, and an invitation for bids on another.
Huntington Beach is 'precedent-setting' for California
When the California State Water Board adopted new regulations on seawater desalination plants in 2015, Poseidon, the developer of a proposed 50 million gallons a day (189,000 m3/d) capacity seawater RO plant in Huntington Beach, California, went back to the drawing board on its water intake technology.
Consolidated Water lines up Mexican mega-project
The Playas de Rosarito seawater RO desalination mega-plant project has been six years in the making. It began as a twinkle in Consolidated Water's eye even before Mexico had introduced its new public-private partnerships law, but the act's introduction in 2012 gave the project a clear structure for moving ahead.
Chennai Metrowater seeks bidders for desal mega-project
Chennai, India, water authority, Metrowater, has issued a series of tenders covering a new a 150,000 m3/d reverse osmosis desalination plant in Nemmeli, Chennai.
AquaSure's Victorian Desalination Plant secures its first water order
The Victorian Desalination Project (VDP) is a mega-size seawater RO facility, able to produce up to 150 billion litres of water a year when running at full capacity. Located at the southerly most tip of Australia on the Bass Coast, it was procured by the Victorian State government from AquaSure, a joint venture of Degrémont (now Suez), Macquarie Capital, and Thiess (now Ventia), in 2009, for a capital cost of $3.5 billion.
Desalitech recognised for topping water recovery rate records
Desalitech has won the IDA Industry Technology and Innovation Leader in Water Reuse and Conservation Award of Distinction, thanks in part to its work at Padre Dam Advanced Water Reclamation plant in Southern California.
H2O Innovation sets out future strategy, as it unveils figures for fiscal year 2016
H2O Innovation grew revenues by 4 per cent to $50.7 million in the year to end of June 2016, thanks to organic growth in speciality products and services.
WorleyParsons acquires Jacobs' energy, chemicals, and resources division
Australia's WorleyParsons is purchasing the energy, chemicals, and resources (ECR) division of Jacobs in the US for $3.3 billion, comprising $2.6 billion in cash and 58.2 million WorleyParsons shares.
Masdar desal pilot: the results so far
Masdar Clean Energy set a target for its pilot projects of one cubic metre of water for every 3.6 kilowatt hours of energy used. This is a particularly challenging target in the Persian Gulf, where salinity is very high, the water temperature is high, it's very shallow, and there's high organic matter.
Rotork brings out a new wireless valve monitoring system
Actuator manufacturer and flow control company Rotork has introduced a new wireless valve monitoring and diagnostics product.
Row erupts over payments to Sydney desal plant
A row has erupted over payments to Sydney Desalination Plant after it emerged that the facility remains out of action following storm damage in December 2015.
Consolidated Water confirms details of PPP with Baja California for mega plant
Consolidated Water confirmed details of a deal with the state of Baja California, Mexico, through subsidiary Aguas de Rosarito, to design, construct, finance, and operate a seawater desalination plant in Playas de Rosarito.
Water Planet and Osmoflo partner to enhance offer on monitoring and maintenance
Water Planet and Osmoflo have teamed up to enable Water Planet's IMS 5000 customers to access real-time operation and maintenance support through Osmoflo's call centre.
Poseidon Water moves to speed up Huntington Beach project permits
Poseidon Water is adjusting its strategy for gaining permits for Huntington Beach desalination plant, as it moves to keep the project running to schedule.
Inge wins first big order to supply seawater desalination plant in Oman
Inge has won a contract to supply ultrafiltration (UF) solutions to the Sharqiyah desalination plant project in Oman, in a change to the original specification.
ACWA Group hires new chief to drive Middle East growth
ACWA Group has appointed Fadey Kassim as chief officer of sales and strategy to drive growth in the Middle East, particularly in the municipal and industrial water reuse segment.
Namibia looks to finance four new desal plants, as row develops over price of existing supplies: reports
The Namibian government is seeking private investors to finance the development of four desalination plants on the west coast of Namibia, reports Bloomberg.
Rajasthan boosts water supplies with three major reuse projects across 11 cities
SPML Infra and Tata Projects have won three contracts worth a total of INR 1,275 crores ($189 million) to supply sewerage and wastewater reuse systems to 11 cities in Rajasthan, India.
Mechanical pipe joints perform under pressure
Since their introduction nearly 100 years ago, mechanical grooved piping systems have provided a wide range of performance benefits for system designers, installers and end users, writes Len Swantek, director, global regulatory compliance, Victualic.
Switchgear fire sparks Barka II desalination plant shutdown
A fire in the low voltage switchgear room at Barka II desalination plant in Oman has caused the facility to shut down.
ACWA Power, Sembcorp, and Suez among Al Ghubrah III pre-quals
ACWA Power, Sembcorp, and Suez are among eight international firms to have pre-qualified for Al Ghubrah III independent power and water project, Oman.
Hyflux bags Suez Canal desalination deal
Singapore's Hyflux has secured a letter of intent for an engineering procurement and construction contract for a 150,000 m³/d desalination plant in Egypt's Suez Canal Economic Zone.
Sacyr-led group wins Oman deal
A consortium led by Sacyr subsidiary Valoriza Agua has won a US$ 1.2 billion, design, construction, operation and maintenance deal for a 250,000m³/d reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Sohar on Oman's Batinah coast.
Cyprus mobile desalination dismantled
A €30 million (US$ 33 million) mobile desalination unit constructed to supply the city of Paphos on Cyprus's southwest coast is being disassembled after years of near idleness, according to local press.
H2O Innovation to grow in Mexico
Canada-based water treatment specialist, H2O Innovation, is expanding its business activities in Mexico.
Veolia in mineral recovery partnership at inland desalination plant
Texas-based company, Enviro Water Minerals (EWM), is to deploy its novel mineral recovery technology in a partnership with water and waste giant, Veolia, to produce potable water from brackish water desalination effluent.
Modern Water in tie up with Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock
Water and wastewater treatment technologies firm, Modern Water has signed an agreement with construction, operation and maintenance services company, Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East. The deal covers the joint development and commercialisation of Modern Water's proprietary forward osmosis technology, in multi-stage flash (MSF) desalination plants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Doosan Babcock wins maintenance and support deal at giant Taweelah plant
Energy engineering company, Doosan Babcock, has won a contract with Taweelah Asia Power Company (Tapco) to provide essential maintenance and technical support services for Tapco's desalination plant in Abu Dhabi.
Veolia Peru wins operation deal for mine desalination
Veolia Peru, has won a three-year operation and maintenance contract for a 4.1 Ml/d reverse osmosis desalination plant at the Cerro Lindo multi metal mine owned by Lima-quoted exploration and mining firm, Milpo.
Sydney Desalination Plant an option in flood mitigation debate
Australia's opposition spokesman for water Chris Minns has floated a proposal to re-start Sydney Desalination Plant as an alternative to a contentious flood mitigation scheme, reports Blue Mountains Gazette.
Madras High Court halts Nemmeli desal tender
The tender process for a desalination project in Chennai has been frozen by the Madras High Court in Tamil Nadu, reports Times of India.
Oman names preferred bidders for Sohar and Barka projects
The Oman Power and Water Procurement company has named its preferred bidders for two major water desalination projects planned at Sohar and Barka on the sultanate's Batinah coast.
Kuwait shortlists seven for power and water project
Kuwait has shortlisted seven consortiums for the second phase of the Az Zour North Complex independent water and power producer (IWPP) project.
IDE supplies evaporators to groundbreaking Chinese project
Bomo Environmental Engineering has purchased two evaporators from IDE Technologies as part of China's first produced water treatment plant. The facility in Karamay, Xinjian will be the first in China to operate under a Build Operate Own (BOO) model. The win marks IDE's bid to raise its profile in the oil and gas sector, the company said.
Hyflux first half revenue 90% municipal
Singapore, desalination group, Hyflux, generated more than 90% of its revenue for the six months to 30 June 2015 in municipal markets with almost a half of its sales in its home market and more than a third in China according to its first half 2015 report. Group profit after tax and minority interests was S$31.6 million (US$ 22.6 million) for the period.
Indian state gives green light to desalination duo
India's Tamil Nadu state government has given the go-ahead for two 60 Ml/d output seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants at Kuthiraimozhi in Ramanathapuram and Alanthalai in the port city of Tuticorin. They will supply more than 1,100 rural areas where provision of safe drinking water has been a long-standing challenge.
California city ponders desalination revival
California's city of Morro Bay is poised to apply to the state Coastal Commission to operate continually its currently idle reverse osmosis desalination plant. The city let its operating permit expire in 2000, and the plant - built in 1992 - has not operated since then except for occasional emergency use.
Xylem bags Singapore UV deal
Water technology specialist, Xylem, has won a US$ 500,000 contract to supply a major municipal water reclamation facility with ultraviolet (UV) disinfection solutions.
Xylem trials pumps with Australia's Unitywater
Water technology company, Xylem, has been working with one of Australia's largest water services and sewerage services providers to reduce significantly energy consumption and eliminate blockages at a number of its wastewater pump stations.
Metito collects Egypt deals worth US$ 8.5 million
Water management firm, Metito, has won contracts for four projects worth EGP 65 million (US$ 8.5 million) on the back of moves to support the revival of Egypt's local tourism economy.
Energy Recovery trials its pump-guarding fracking system
Liberty Oilfield Services is to conduct trials of Energy Recovery's Vor Teq hydraulic pumping system for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at US well sites. The system is based on Energy Recovery's PX Pressure Exchanger technology which is deployed in more than 15,000 desalination installations worldwide according to Energy Recovery.
Mott Macdonald to advise lender in Moroccan dealination project
Banque Marocaine du Commerce Extérieur has appointed consultant, Mott Macdonald, as technical advisor in support of the bank's role as financer for a MAD 937 million (US$ 94.6 million) desalination project in Morocco.
Hyflux-led venture wins deal for giant Oman desalination plant
A consortium led by Singapore-based desalination company, Hyflux, has won a contract to build a OMR 100 million (US$ 260 million) seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant in Oman. The 200 Ml/d independent water project located in Qurayyat, in the Muscat governorate, will be the largest in the sultanate and supply some 17% of its peak demand.
Xylem wins major contract at Hong Kong's Tai Po water treatment works
Water technology firm, Xylem has won a contact to provide clarification and filtration systems for an expansion of the Tai Po water treatment works in Hong Kong that will double its capacity to 800 Ml/d.
Membrana filtration curbs corrosion in Disney Shanghai cooling
Membrane manufacturer Polypore has supplied its Membrana ultrafiltration units for Shanghai Disneyland to curb corrosion in the resort's cooling water system.
FCC Aqualia bags Chile deals
Water management company FCC Aqualia, has won two water supply and purification contracts in Chile's mining and petrochemical industries worth a total of € 27 million (US$ 30.7 million).
ACWA Power Barka signs desalination plant expansion deal in Oman
Power and water developer, ACWA Power Barka, has signed a water purchase agreement with Oman Power and Water Procurement Company and other deals for its 56,825 m³/d, phase 2 expansion of its existing water desalination plant at Barka, 65km north of the Oman capital, Muscat.
Aquatech prepares membrane-thermal ZLD for Columbia gold mine
The new hybrid membrane-thermal system is to be installed in April and commissioning is expected to be completed by Q4 2019.
Urban surge drives 57% growth in Indian municipal water treatment market by 2018
Urban population growth in India will create huge demand for municipal water and wastewater treatment systems including desalination adding 57% to revenues over five years according to a recent report by market analyst Frost an Sullivan (F&S).
Australian desalination plant closure postponed for three months
State-owned utility South Australia Water (SAW) has reversed a decision to close Adelaide's A$ 1.8 billion (US$ 1.5 billion) desalination plant to carry out an "optimisation study" requiring the facility to operate at low output despite ample fresh water reserves.