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Veolia supplies RO desalination to Mauritania mine

A 1,500 m³/d reverse-osmosis (RO) brackish-water desalination plant has been supplied to a mine in Mauritania by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa, with a heat-exchanger to cool the water.

Scientists to probe outlet brine risks to sealife

Scientists have been commissioned to investigate whether brine waste from two proposed 150 Ml/d seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants could damage or alter the marine environment along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline in South Africa.

Koreans devoting R&D cash to gas-hydrate desalination

Korea's Minister of Land, Transport & Maritime Affairs, Kwon Do-youp, unveiled "a new paradigm" in desalination development when he announced on 4 October 2011 that Korea was pursuing gas-hydrate desalination.

Ministry updates India's low-temperature desalination plans

India's Ministry of Earth Sciences (MES) released an update on 29 August 2011 about its program for development of Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD).

The desalination plant is proposed to be built 40 kilometres offshore of Chennai, Tamil Nadu

India's NIOT prepares detailed report on offshore desalination

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) of India has finalised designs and submitted a detailed project report for an offshore desalination plant using low temperature thermal technology, reports New Indian Express.

Prosep win Australian offshore contracts

Montreal-based ProSep Inc announced in early November that its majority owned South Korean joint venture ProSep Kolon Co Ltd had been awarded two contracts for seawater filtration and mercury removal for liquid natural gas platforms off the coast of Australia.

Offshore desalination prototype wins funding

Renewable sector engineering company 4NRg has won funding for its development of a prototype mechanical offshore desalination unit.

Israel planning offshore desalination plants - report

Israel's Water Authority is planning a series of desalination plants on offshore islands because of difficulties in finding suitable onshore sites, says a report on Haaretz.com.

Westgarth wins another offshore SWRO contract

VWS Westgarth has been awarded a contract by SBM Inc for the design, procurement and supply of equipment and provision of construction technical assistance for a single lift module seawater sulphate reduction package (SRP) system for SBM's existing installation, FPSO (Floating Production, Storage & Offloading vessel) Xikomba off Angola.

Dow and Veolia system wins ultrafiltration deal for new Total floating oil production unit

Dow Water and Process Solutions and Veolia Water Technologies are to provide ultrafiltration technology for Total's new Moho Nord offshore floating deep water oil production unit off the Republic of the Congo coast.

Brazilian offshore SRP system awarded to VWS Westgarth

VWS Westgarth has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by SBM Atlantia for of a seawater sulphate-reduction package (SRP), using Dow FilmTec membranes, in a Brazilian offshore oil and gas field.

Coquina Coast plumps for land-based desalination

An interesting comparison between land- and ship-based desalination systems has been revealed in the Final Recommended Project Report submitted by consultants Malcolm Pirnie for the Coquina Coast Seawater Desalination Alternative Water Supply Project.

First Water Standard vessel will use ERI units

Water Standard plans to use the PX Pressure Exchanger energy-recovery device made by Energy Recovery Inc (ERI) in its first Seawater Desalination Vessel (SDV), the two companies announced on 19 May 2009. Florida-based Water Standard builds and operates vessels that deliver desalinated water to clients onshore and to the offshore energy industry.

Desalination units in Degrémont offshore contract in Brazil

Desalination and sulphate-removal systems are to be supplied by Degrémont to two Brazilian floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels under an order placed by Tupi BV, a subsidiary of Petrobras.

Saudi and Chinese state-owned entities are collaborating on nuclear desalination

Saudi Arabia and China to develop nuclear desalination projects

Saudi Arabia and China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on developing desalination projects using gas-cooled nuclear reactors.

The adsorption pilot at a solar manufacturing facility near Riyadh focused on recovering reverse osmosis brine. Recovery rates are critical at the site, which is 100 miles inland

Adsorption pilot phase two will focus on ZLD

MEDAD Technologies, a specialist in adsorption, has worked to commercialise a multi-effect distillation adsorption desalination (MED-AD) system since spinning off from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012.

The Victorian Desalination Plant is located at the southerly most tip of Australia on the Bass Coast

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.

Inventor of water technologies Marc Vergnet adjusts the controls on Osmosun, his new solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination system that does not use batteries or energy storage, chemicals, or grid supplies of electricity

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.

Professor Ghim Wei Ho (left), with Dr Connor Peh Kangnuo (centre), and researcher Gao Minmin, in their laboratory at the National University of Singapore

Singapore University shares its work at the forefront of plasmonic photothermic technology

A conjoined approach to solving the problems of growing demand for energy and water would definitely be attractive. At the Na­tional University of Singapore, we have integrated the solutions to these two problems by designing a plasmonic solar thermal collec­tor nanocomposite, comprising a Ag/SiO2 core, with a TiO2 outer shell as a photocatalyst.

Dubai wants to develop clean energy sources through to 2050

UAE is eyeing alternative energy sources to power desalination

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is seeking proposals to study the feasibility of powering desalination by geothermal energy, reports The National.

Italmach acquires Compass, adds manufacturing base in North America

Italmach Chemicals has acquired Compass Chemical International, adding a strategically important site in Texas that it hopes will support its growth in the oil and gas industry.

Mississippi researchers win funding for low-temperature desalination

Mississippi State University (MSU), is to use US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding to work on a low-cost desalination process.

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.

Conwed hits half a century

Plastic netting manufacturing giant, Conwed, hits 50 this year. Minneapolis-based Conwed has, since its launch in 1966, developed netting solutions for industrial and consumer products worldwide including, in recent years, desalination membranes.

MIT spinout cracks fracking water waste

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) spinout, Gradiant Corporation, is working toward making hydraulic fracturing (fracking) a water-neutral process, by making water reuse more economical. Fracking produces millions of litres of wastewater and much of it is discarded into deep injection wells, and clean water has to be purchased.

Is low temperature the next hot prospect?

Membrane-based desalination has been the lead technology set in recent years but Thermal Purification Technologies thermal process could tick boxes for sustainability and cost with a system that uses low-quality heat to produce high purity water. So with a big hitter in Metito as its strategic partner with even bigger backers including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, could established technologies have a challenger in low-temperature distillation? This article first appeared in the February 2015 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

French and Kuwaitis sign solar desalination agreement

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Al- Khaled Al- Hamad Al-Sabah have signed a memo of understanding for implementing a project for water desalination using solar energy.

India to set up low-temperature distillation desalination at power plant

A new low-temperature thermal desalination (LTTD) plant is being set up at a lignite-fired power station in southern India.

Metito backs low-temperature distillation to challenge lead desalination technologies

Dubai-based water technology firm, Metito, is set to make a "significant investment" in clean-tech company Thermal Purification Technologies (TPTec), to develop TPTec's patented low-temperature distillation (LTD) technology. Metito claims LTD could displace existing membrane and thermal desalination technologies.

GE to supply evaporator/ZLD technology for Italian oilfield

GE's advanced evaporator and zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technology is to be used to recycle up to 98% of produced water at six Total E&P Italia SpA oilwells in the Tempa Rossa field in the Basilicata region of southern Italy.

LTTD seawater plant 'to be started in Chennai by July'

A start on a Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) plant about 30 km off the coast of Chennai is to be made by July, according to a report from India.

Topics and presenters announced for IDA Academy course

The next International Desalination Association (IDA) Academy course, to be held at the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi on 21‑22 January 2014 will feature Integration of Hybrid Technologies with Renewable Energy to Improve the Sustainability of Water Desalination and Sustainable Operation with Advanced Membrane Filtration.

Solar/MED design aims to desalinate CSG water

A three-way partnership in Australia has entered a solar-powered desalination system for the coal‑seam gas (CSG) industry into the Australian Innovation Challenge being run by Shell and The Australian newspaper.

Indian ministry seeks to get LTTD program going again

Revised cost estimates for the six additional low temperature thermal desalination (LTTD) plants to be built at different locations in India's Lakshadweep Islands area are being prepared by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).

The first full-scale LTD plant at El Gouna, Spain

Understanding potential of low temperature distillation for desalination

In October 2012, Watersolutions AG introduced the Watersolutions LTD system, a patented thermal process for desalination based on the principle of low temperature distillation. The company's vision is to offer a new option for desalination - one that is simple to install, yet robust and highly efficient with low running and maintenance costs. This article first appeared in the November/December 2012 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

Timeline established for IDA desalination energy guide

The International Desalination Association (IDA) has established a timeline for producing its guidelines for reducing energy consumption in desalination ending at its 2015 World Congress.

Monterey consultant can't choose between projects

The Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Board (MPRWA) in California still has to decide between three competing seawater desalination projects for the area after its Technical Advisory Committee accepted on 17 September 2012 a report by consultants Separation Processes Inc of Carlsbad.

Matt Jones (left) of Desalitech, and American Water Chemicals’ Mo Malki present the new closed-circuit modelling within the Proton anti-scaling software, at the AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference 2018

Proton compares closed-circuit versus conventional RO

Proton anti-scaling software from Amercian Water Chemicals was first introduced at the AMTA Conference in 2014. The platform's innovative approach to modelling membrane treatment systems which, unlike other anti-scalant predictors, accounts for ion complexes and ion activity in water, and differentiates between nano-filtration and reverse osmosis membranes, enabled it to improve on the accuracy of predicting water quality and chemical dosing requirements.

Aquatech to supply Oman oilfield water softener

Aquatech announced on 4 April 2012 that it had been awarded a contract to construct a 237 m³/h produced-water softening plant for the Amal Steam Facilities Phase 1B in Oman.

EDS adds SDI Workshop to Barcelona events

The European Desalination Society has added a workshop on the Silt Density Index to the satellite events around its upcoming Barcelona conference, the society confirmed in an announcement on 12 March 2012.

Desalination help published with WHO drinking water standards

The World Health Organization launched the 4th edition of its Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality (ISBN: 978 92 4 154815 1) at the Singapore Water Week on 4 July 2011 - and also launched a separate guide for desalination.

Oil company invests US$ 2.5 million in Saltworks desalination

Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy Inc is investing Can$ 2.5 million (US$ 2.56 million) in Vancouver-based desalination startup company Saltworks Technologies Inc.

ACWA wins two membrane-based projects in Saudi

Two separate contracts for membrane-based water and wastewater projects in Saudi Arabia have been awarded to ACWA Emirates LLC of Dubai.

The memsys desalination plant at Singapore's Marina Barrage.

Vacuum-driven MD breakthrough promised by memsys

Vacuum-driven membrane distillation (MD) delivers high flux and true multi-effect distillation with very good energy recovery. The process runs at low temperature levels and is fully modular. This article describes the background of the development of the memsys company, membrane distillation, its specific advantages and potential applications, current and planned demonstration plants, and MD s future role in desalination. This article first appeared in the February/March 2011 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

The Encina power station (bottom left) with the site for the Carlsbad desalination plant ringed.

Desalination affected by California powerplant ruling

The powerplant with which California's new 189,000 m³/d Carlsbad seawater reverse-osmosis (SWRO) plant is co-located has been ordered to cease once-through cooling by 2017. The Huntington beach powerplant, site of another proposed desalination plant, has been given until 2020.

Saltworks test rig with evaporation pond surrounded by windbreak.

Canadian low-energy desalination gets government boost

Saltworks Techologies Inc's low-energy desalination project is to receive up to Can$ 580,000 (US$ 577,000) from the Canadian government via Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

Low-temperature distillation technology licensed to Sterling Water

The low-temperature distillation method of desalination developed by the New Mexico State University (NMSU) in the USA has been licensed to Sterling Water LLC of Qatar.

Queensland can use geothermal desalination says study

Queensland, Australia, has ample geothermal energy resources to power thermal desalination plants and provide clean water for small towns suffering from water shortages, according to The University of Queensland's Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence.

EDR plant at Abrera

Large EDR river desalination plant opens in Spain

GE Water and Aigües Ter-Llobregat (ATLL) of Spain announced on 19 May 2009 the opening of the 220,000 m³/d electrodialysis reversal (EDR) brackish water desalination plant on the Llobregat river.

Brownsville pilot study published

Pilot study results from consultant NRS Consulting Engineers have confirmed that seawater desalination on the shore of the Ship Channel in Brownsville, Texas, USA, is technically feasible.

The membrane distillation process

The coming of membrane distillation technology

Membrane distillation (MD) is a unit operation that uses hydrophobic membranes as a barrier for contaminated water from which mass transport of vapor is driven by differences in vapor pressure. MD does not require a mechanical pressure pump, and temperature levels are such that low-grade heat sources may be used to supply the required energy for the process. It is therefore ideal for treatment of industrial effluents and for desalination in co-generation with thermal solar power plants. This article assesses membrane distillation, a technology that the author believes is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly for use with renewable energies and in less developed countries. The recent promotion of the Desertec energy creation project in the Sahara is just one opportunity he sees for the technology.

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.

Norwegian desalination barge venture seeks Israeli expertise

Norwegian company, EnviroNor, is recruiting Israeli expertise to provide the water-processing technology necessary for its project to convert secondhand oil barges into floating desalination and wastewater treatment plants.



Geosyntec picked to lead subsurface intake study

West Basin Municipal Water District has selected a team led by engineering consultancy, Geosyntec, to study options for subsurface seawater intake for the district's proposed 75,700-227,100 m³/d seawater reverse osmosis project.

The deal is 'win-win' for WorleyParsons and Jacobs, said Jacobs' chief executive Steve Demetriou

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.

Desalia starts works on Egypt reverse osmosis plant

Spain's Desalia has started site works for a new, 24,000 m³/d seawater reverse osmosis plant west of Alexandria, Egypt near the city of Matrouh.

'We’re in danger of having no-one left to address the smaller and more decentralised challenges.' Patrick van Eijik, Hatenboer-Water

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

Aquarion sets up in Russia

Swizerland-based water systems company, Aquarion Group, has established a Russian operation, Aquarion Russia, to focus on providing water and wastewater treatment to industrial customers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Suez is supplying Petrobras with offshore desalination solutions

Petrobras signs Suez to supply offshore desalination

Suez has won a €6 million contract to supply desalinated water for 11 offshore oil rigs owned by Petrobras, Brazil's majority state-owned oil company.

Commission vote halts Huntington Beach application

Poseidon Water withdrew its application for a coastal development permit (CDP) for its proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant after the California Coastal Commission voted on 13 November 2013 to postpone a vote on the application.

Detailed design finished for wave-energy desalination

Australian wave-energy developer Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd announced on 31 October 2013 the completion of the detailed design of its wave‑powered desalination pilot plant.



Az Zour North IWPP desalination plant was shut down temporarily amid oil spill

Az Zour North desal plant powers down to avoid oil spill

The desalination plant at Az Zour North in Kuwait has escaped damage from a nearby oil spill after temporarily shutting down.

Texas state office joins seawater desalination study

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) formally agreed on 15 April 2013 to partner the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) on the feasibility study it has launched for a seawater desalination plant on the Gulf of Mexico.

GE Water together with Norway's Halvorsen TEC has secured the first order of its sulphate removal system for offshore oil and gas

GE Water and Halvorsen TEC secure offshore sulphate removal deal

GE Water has secured the first order of its seawater sulphate removal technology for the offshore oil and gas industry from Norway's Statoil.

Victaulic acquires MTS desalination plug valve

Pipe-jointing specialist Victaulic has acquired the desalination business of Spain's MTS Valves & Technology, which designs and manufactures valves for the global desalination market, including the MTS Plug Valve.

Mitsui acquires minority stake in Water Standard

Houston-based Water Standard Management (US) Inc, which focuses on water treatment for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), announced on 30 May 2012 that Japan's Mitsui & Co Ltd has acquired a minority interest in the company.

EDS and SPE host joint oil/gas desalination workshop

The European Desalination Society is joining the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to present a joint workshop on Desalination in the Oil and Gas Industry.

Vapour compression desalination plants for Indian oilfield

Texas-based MECO, which supplies desalination equipment to the offshore, pharmaceutical and military sectors, announced in December 2011 that it would be designing and constructing two vapour compression (VC) desalination plants for an oilfield off the Indian coast.

Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs) process oil before transfer to a tanker

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.

The screens on the wedgewire water intake system that Poseidon is proposing for its seawater RO desalination plant at Huntington Beach, California, will be 1mm wide in order to meet new regulations

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.

Sembcorp

Sembcorp reports net profit drop citing "difficult" market conditions

Sembcorp Industries has reported a fall in net profit of 47 per cent to S$193.5 million ($144.2 million) for the first half of 2016. The decrease partly reflects a gain of S$54.7 million ($40.8 million) on selling UK water business Bournemouth Water in the first half of 2015, as well as a "difficult" current market environment.

Chris MacNee, chief executive of Hydrology, believes that Brazil offers opportunities for smaller operators

'Adjustable' desal plant in Brazil financed by project bond

UK water company Hydrology is to build and operate an "adjustable" desalination plant in Cubato in Sao Paulo state, Brazil, to supply industrial conglomerate Unigel.

Amanda Brock, CEO, Water Standard

Water Standard's revised strategy paying off

In 2008, Water Standard announced itself as a provider of ship-based desalination and water treatment services, primarily for municipalities and industry. But two agreements announced at the end of June 2011 demonstrate how much the company has reshaped its strategy since those early days. The first signing was for a global frame agreement with Shell to develop technology and innovative water-based approaches in support of Shell's enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects worldwide. The second was for the company to collaborate with Samsung Heavy Industries of Korea to on the design and development of vessels to deliver water treatment solutions to the offshore oil and gas sector. D&WR editor Robin Wiseman asked Water Standard's CEO how these latest developments fit the company's strategy. This article first appeared in the August/September 2011 issue of Desalination & Water Reuse magazine.

Water Standard finds its shipbuilder in Samsung

Texas-based Water Standard and Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries announced an agreement on 28 June 2011 to collaborate on the design and development of vessels to deliver water treatment solutions to the offshore oil and gas sector.

Adelaide first water at end of July, says minister

The intake and outfall tunnels for Adelaide's Aus$ 1.83 billion (US$ 2 billion) seawater desalination plant in Australia have been completed and first water is expected at the end of July.

South African desalination project comes under press fire

Water supplier for South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, Umgeni Water, is considering a proposal to build a seawater desalination plant on the Illovo River within the next five years to cope with growing demand in its Upper South Coast region.

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.

Sydney's desalination plant

Minister reassures public about Sydney's desalinated water

The minister for water for the Australian state of New South Wales, Phil Costa, reassured the public on 7 November 2011 that Sydney's drinking water remains completely safe for consumption and poses absolutely no health risk.

GE acquires Dutch membrane maker

Industrial conglomerate, GE, has agreed to acquire Netherlands-based membranes manufacturer IMT Solutions.

Floating Saudi desalination barges relaunched

Saudi Arabia's two floating water desalination barges have been moved from Shuquaiq to Yanbu, and the first was relaunched on 7 July 2010 by Fehied F Al-Shareef, governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and Engineer Nabil Azmaruli, general manager of the General Directorate of Water in Al-Madina.

The Gold Coast seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant at Tugun.

'Finalisation' works begin on Gold Coast desalination plant

Queensland's Tugun desalination plant, on Australia's Gold Coast, temporarily stopped producing water on 4 June 2010 to allow improvement works to occur.

Schematic of the MWDOC slant well technology

OC desalination slant-well testing to start

Testing of Phase 3 of the South Orange Coastal Ocean Desalination Project in Southern California will begin in the next few weeks, according to the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), which held a public open day at the test site on Doheny State Beach on 12 May 2010.

CCC to rule on Cambria desalination plant studies

California Coastal Commission (CCC) staff have advised the commission at its meeting this week to agree to a US Army Corps of Engineers proposal to test a beach in the Cambria region, near San Luis Obispo, for use as beach wells for a desalination plant.

MoU signed to advance Camp Pendleton desalination plant

A planning agreement providing a framework for progress on a major regional seawater desalination plant at Camp Pendleton in Southern California was signed in April.

D&WR Editorial Board member awarded doctorate

Marine environmental scientist Sabine Lattemann of the Institute for Marine Chemistry & Biology, University of Oldenburg in Germany, who is a member of the Editorial Board of Desalination & Water Reuse, has been awarded a PhD.

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.

Wave-powered desalination plant to produce bottled water

The Texas General Land Office has granted the first-ever state offshore wave-energy lease to Texas-based Renew Blue Inc (RBI), who will use ocean water and waves to produce 3,000 gal/day (11,350 L/d) of bottled desalinated water.

Santa Barbara ponders US$ 2 million subsurface intake test

Californian city, Santa Barbara, may put up to US$ 2 million into a study of a desalination facility seawater intake structure after environmental groups said the existing plant's open water intake pipe could be harmful to marine life.

Dr M Elisabeth Pate-Cornell (left) and Jackalyne Pfannenstiel

ERI appoints two new directors

Energy Recovery Inc, the California-based desalination energy-recovery technology company, announced on 25 February 2009 the appointment of two new directors: Stanford University professor Dr M Elisabeth Pate-Cornell and Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, former chair of the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Second floating plant for Cyprus comes closer

Three companies are said to be shortlisted for a project to build a floating desalination plant to supply the southern coastal town of Limassol, according to Sofoklis Aletraris, head of Cyprus' Water Development Department, quoted in the Financial Mirror on 11 January 2009.

Gold Coast's twin intake/outfall tunnels save space and environment

A key part of the anti-drought strategy in Queensland, Australia, has been the construction of a 125,000 m³/d seawater reverse-osmosis desalination plant, located at Tugun on the Gold Coast, due to start producing water in November 2008. This plant will supply up to 20% of the average demand for the Brisbane/Gold Coast Region. The Gold Coast Desalination Project is an excellent example of the delivery of a complex project in a very fast timeframe through the use of innovation and teamwork. The blueprint for this outcome was set very early in the project by the adoption of an alliance-style contract for the project. The plant also features twin segmentally lined intake and outfall tunnels, each 2.8 m internal diameter. The tunnels extend approximately 1.5 km offshore, into 20 m water depth. This article appeared in D&WR magazine's August/September 2008 issue.


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