Netherlands, United Kingdom
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.
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.
UNESCO-IHE announces membrane course in October
The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, Netherlands, is holding a short course on Membrane technology in drinking and industrial water treatment in October 2012.
Dutch consultants merge into significant water-sector player
Leading Dutch consulting engineers DHV and Royal Haskoning signed a letter of intent on 27 February 2012 to merge.
Voltea gets funding for two desalination applications
Dutch desalination innovator Voltea BV announced on 21 February 2012 that it had completed a € 4.5 million funding round to support the commercial rollout of its Capacitive Deionization (CapDI) technology.
Dutch to build ceramic membrane demo plant in Singapore
PWN Technologies (PWNT) of the Netherlands is to build Singapore's first ceramic membrane demonstration plant at Choa Chu Kang Waterworks.
Intensive short desalination course from UNESCO-IHE
An intensive short course on Membrane Technology in Drinking & Industrial Water Treatment has been announced by UNESCO-IHE).
Dutch government funding CapDI development for reuse
The development of the Capacitive Deionisation (CapDI) desalination system for wastewater recycling is to be funded specifically for agricultural use by a € 1.2 million order for Voltea BV awarded on 26 May 2011 by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment (MIE).
Giant Moscow UF plant gets Norit X-Flow membranes
One of the largest ultrafiltration (UF) plants in the world, the South-West Moscow drinking water plant in Russia, is currently being expanded to a total of 275,000 m³/d using Norit X-Flow membranes.
Pentair to buy CPT division from Norit
Pentair Inc is to acquire the Netherlands-based Clean Process Technologies (CPT) division of Norit Holding BV in the second quarter of this year for € 503 million (US$ 705 million), plus net debt at closing.
Aquatech unveils Dutch subsidiary
Aquatech, US provider of desalination, water reuse and zero-liquid discharge (ZLD) sytems, announced on 15 April 2010 the establishment of Aquatech BV, a fully owned subsidiary in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Singapore signals more water co-operation with the Dutch
The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and PUB, the national water agency of Singapore, signed a letter of intent on 22 October 2009 to boost collaborations undertaken by businesses and research institutions in the fields of science, technology and innovations in Singapore's water sector.
IX + ceramic membrane water treatment plant unveiled
A water treatment plant in the Netherlands combining ion-exchange (IX) with ceramic membranes was presented to the water industry for the first time on 12 May 2014 by PWN Technologies of Velserbroek.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EC-backed pilots to trial desalination by electrodialysis
A new European Commission-backed series of desalination pilots are about to kick off, as part of Horizon 2020, the European Union's biggest ever research and innovation programme.
Global green group seeks to carve carbon emissions out of desalination
The Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance - H₂0 minus CO₂ initiative, launched at the current climate talks in Paris, has called on its 17-nation membership to use clean energy to power new desalination plants. The call was part of the alliance's aim to tackle the water-energy nexus and climate change.
GE acquires Dutch membrane maker
Industrial conglomerate, GE, has agreed to acquire Netherlands-based membranes manufacturer IMT Solutions.
Norit UF membranes for Swedish water treatment
A surface-water treatment plant that will be used to supply Göteborg, Sweden's second largest city, is to use ultrafiltration (UF) technology supplied by Norit X-Flow of the Netherlands.
Norit to supply UF pretreatment for Qingdao desalination
Norit X-Flow has signed an agreement with Befesa to supply the UF pretreatment technology for the Qingdao Desalination Project in Shandong province, China.
IDA 2015 World Congress draws 1,700 delegates
More than 1,700 delegates from 63 countries attended the International Desalination Association's (IDA's) 2015 World Congress held in San Diego recently according to the association's key metrics published this week. Awards for papers and presentations topped US$ 30,000.
Partnership launches ceramic trial
Netherlands-based PWN Technologies, in partnership with Indian water treatment firm VA
Tech Wabag and Japanese membrane maker, Metawater, has launched a trial to
demonstrate the effectiveness of ceramic membranes as pre-treatment for seawater
Siemens seeks bigger Israel desalination role
According to reports from Israel, Siemens is looking to up its stake in the 275,000 m³/d Soreq desalination plant from supplier to equity partner.
B&V find ceramic membranes help water recycling
Ceramic membranes used in conjunction with ozone produce significant benefits for water recycling. Jonathan Clement of Black & Veatch, revealed this research result to the Australian Water Association's (AWA) third specialty conference on membranes and desalination held in Sydney, Australia, on 11-13 February 2009.
MEDRC announces new director and deputy
Netherlands ambassador Ronald Mollinger was officially announced as the new director of the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) in Oman on 21 January.
Tender issued for Israel's largest desalination plant
The tender has been issued for Israel's largest ever desalination plant. The 411,000 m³/d plant will be in the Soreq region south of Tel Aviv close to the Mediterranean.
Soreq bidders wait for January
All four consortia bidding for the 275,000 m³/d Soreq desalination plant in Israel have passed the prequalification stage and have been told by the Inter-Ministerial Tenders Committee for Desalination that they will be invited to submit bids.
UF Pretreatment For Cold Seawater RO
The main obstacle to the use of UF membranes for SWRO pretreatment has always been the high operating cost. This paper describes operational experience of pilot projects using a new membrane designed for the lowest whole-life cost while enabling the most difficult seawater to be treated using membrane desalination. This article shows how the project results can be translated into a technical and commercial evaluation of the best pretreatment option for the desalination of water from low temperature water sources. The technical design details are described for the Evides demonstration plant in the Netherlands, fed from the river delta formed by the Meuse, the Scheldt and the Rhine rivers in southwest Netherlands. It also explains the decision-making process for selection from pretreatment options for the Thames Gateway SWRO project, a plant that is fed by water strongly influenced by tidal effects.
GE wins desalination plant deal for Caribbean island
GE is to supply its Procera water filtration equipment package for a seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, a Netherlands- governed municipality, 80 km north of Venezuela.
STW fires up Salttech reclamation demonstration in US
US water reclamation company STW Resources has started operation of a Salttech zero liquid discharge water reclamation system demonstration in Fort Stockton, Texas.
UN urges desalination industry to improve on brine
The United Nations has called on the desalination industry to clean up its act on brine as the number of desalination plants worldwide continues to climb.
Is the axial piston pump the next big efficiency gain?
More and more SWRO plants running parallel trains Danfoss RO Solutions, Netherlands Two articles on the same theme: are we about to see a move away from large high-pressure centrifugal pumps for RO desalination in favour of multiple modules with smaller pumps? The first reviews modular positive-displacement waterlubricated axial-piston pump systems, revealing that this new concept is not only a cost-effective alternative to traditional pump systems, but that it is simpler to operate and brings other advantages during the SWRO facility operating period. This is a shortened and updated version of a paper presented at the International Desalination Association's 2013 World Congress in Tianjin, China. The second article reports that more and more small and medium-sized SWRO plants - even containerized solutions - are specifying multiple trains. This article first appeared in the November/December 2013 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.
MD plant using generator heat starts on Maldive island
The world's first desalination unit using waste heat from a power generator with membrane distillation has started up on Guhli island in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
Five Minutes With: Patrick van Eijik, manager, production and project engineering, Hatenboer-Water
Patrick van Eijik, a 'natural go-between for production and engineering', is newly appointed as manager, production and project engineering, at Netherlands-based Hatenboer-Water
New technical services company set up in Saudi
A new company to offer specialized technical services to the oil and gas, petrochemical, energy and water desalination sectors has been set up in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, by Stork Technical Services of the Netherlands and Saudi Industrial Services Co (SISCO).
Rotec's flow reversal scoops Rising Star Award at TechXchange
Flow reversal firm Rotec has won the Rising Star Award at TechXchange at Singapore International Water Week 2018.
CaribDA opens registration for Aruba conference
The Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA) has opened registration for its 2012 Conference & Exposition 80 Years Of Desalination Makes For One Happy Island.
IDA World Congress 2017 award winners in full
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has recognised the best technical papers and other contributions at IDA World Congress 2017 with a roster of special awards.
Hatenboer-Water provides RO units to new oil vessel
Hatenboer-Water of the Netherlands has supplied three reverse osmosis (RO) units for a new oil production vessel, the Pioneiro de Libra, reports Marine Link.
EDS/Wetsus issues membrane conference call for papers
A deadline of 30 June 2012 has been set for abstracts for the eighth in the series of conferences on Membranes in Drinking & Industrial Water Production, which will take place at Leeuwarden in the Netherlands on 10‑12 September 2012.
SWRO corrosion pre-conference workshop for CaribDA
A workshop on Understanding and Preventing Corrosion in Caribbean SWRO Plants will take place in Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, on 19 May 2012, prior to the 2012 Conference of the Caribbean Desalination Association (CaribDA).
Wetsus seeks out breakthrough water innovations
Wetsus is a not-for-profit foundation located in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. It is a facilitator for trendsetting expertise development and has the ambition to become the European Union (EU) centre of excellence in water treatment technology. Among its 25 research themes are several desalination projects including Electrospray Desalination, Salt Removal via Ionic Liquids and Seawater Preatreatment with Electrodialysis. This article first appeared in the August/September 2011 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.
Innovation conference part of new Amsterdam water week
Amsterdam's biennial Aquatech exhibition, the leading water exhibition in Europe, has been subsumed into an International Water Week like those in Stockholm and Singapore.
The Long Read: Where's the innovation in brine treatment?
As water scarcity bites and the drive to recycle water grows, the focus on recovering clean water and other resources from brine is sharpening. The challenge is particularly pertinent for industrial operators.
Call for innovations in water, women and agriculture
The US, Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden have again joined forces to offer millions of dollars to innovators who enhance food productivity by improving water efficiency in agriculture.