Water Treatment, Maintenance, Graphene
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Puretec acquires Layne Christensen's DI assets
California-based Puretec Industrial Water announced at the end of March 2013 that it had acquired the assets of Layne Christensen's Arizona-based deionization water purification and water system maintenance services as from 1 April 2013.
AMTA and SEDA to hold Chesapeake membrane workshop
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), which promotes membrane processes for desalination and water / wastewater treatment, is to hold a joint technology transfer workshop with the Southeast Desalting Association in Chesapeake, Virginia, in May 2013.
NWMOA sets annual symposium date
The recently formed Northwest Membrane Operator Association (NWMOA), which provides education and support for desalination and water treatment membrane operators, is to hold its first annual symposium in Vancouver, Washington, in September 2013.
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).
Boiler-feed treatment extension for Aquatech in India
Aquatech has been awarded a third contract extension to provide operating services for a boiler feed water treatment plant at Reliance Industries Limited's PTA (purified terephthalic acid) manufacturing unit in Hazira, Gujarat, India.
IPO in summer for China's H2O Solutions
Shanghai-based H2O Solutions announced on 11 May 2012 that the company, which specializes in nano-membrane purification and multi-charged plate desalination technologies, was taking its stock public in the summer of 2012.
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.
Tri-Tech to expand large UF/NF plant in China
The City of Ordos in China is to build what will be the largest water treatment plant in the world using ultrafiltration (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) when it expands its existing plant to 148,000 m³/d.
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.
PoU reverse-osmosis planned for US city's households
The City of Andrews, USA, is likely to submit a proposal to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) at the end of this year for installation of point-of-use (PoU) reverse-osmosis (RO) water treatment on 4,500 city homes.
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.
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.
PWT acquired by H2O Innovation
Canadian water-treatment systems manufacturer H2O Innovation Inc announced on 28 May 2009 the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Professional Water Technologies (PWT) in an arms' length transaction involving H2O subsidiary Membrane Systems Inc.
SEDA Spring Symposium registration opened
The Southeast Desalination Association (SEDA) has opened registration for its Spring Symposium to be held in Florida in June 2014.
H2O Innovation lands three water/wastewater contracts
H2O Innovation Inc announced on 14 January 2014 recent contracts totalling Can$ 6.5 million (UA$ 5.93 million) in Western Canada's energy sector.
EDS holding membrane training week in L'Aquila
The European Desalination Society is holding a membrane training week in L'Aquila, Italy, on 30 September - 4 October 2013 presenting two back-to-back seminars by David Paul.
Veolia gains Colombian produced-water clean-up contract
Ecopetrol America Inc, the US subsidiary of the Colombian national oil company, has awarded a contract to Veolia to provide equipment and services that will be used to treat the produced water from the Castilla oilfields in the Llanos Basin, southeast of Bogota.
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:
IDE to pilot two new water treatment technologies in California, US
IDE Technologies is to pilot two new technologies in California, US, including reverse osmosis for water reuse, and a membrane cleaning process that reduces chemical usage.
IDE sells two MVC evaporators to Alberta oil-sands site
IDE Technologies Ltd announced on 10 March 2014 that it had sold two IDE horizontal mechanical vapor compression (MVC) evaporators to increase the produced water treatment capacity of a steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) production site in Northern Alberta.
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?
Aqualia joins Majis in Port of Sohar joint venture
Aqualia of Spain, and Oman state-owned Majis Industrial Services, have formed new joint venture Oman Sustainable Water Services (OSWS), to operate the hydraulics at Port of Sohar for 20 years.
EDS launches 2014 desalination courses with Rome event
The European Desalination Society (EDS) kicks off a list of six events in its series of Master Courses with a three-day course in Rome, Italy, on Membrane Technology, Process & System Design on 3‑5 March 2014.
Hitachi-led consortium gets large Iraq desalination job
A consortium comprising Hitachi, Veolia Environnement subsidiary OTV and The Arab Contractors, a nationalised Egyptian construction company, has received an order from the Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities & Public Works for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a large desalination plant in Basrah, in the south of Iraq.
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).
Interview: Henry Charrabe, Fluence Corp
Henry Charrabe, newly appointed chief executive of Fluence Corporation, the company formed in July by the merger of RWL Water and Emefcy, has worked for the business' major investor Ronald Lauder for 16 years.
'I am fully confident on the successful integration of GE Water,' Suez CEO Jean-Louis Chaussade
Suez chief executive Jean-Louis Chaussade sets out an early vision for Suez WTS, the new powerhouse in industrial water treatment created through the Suez-GE deal.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two new appointments at Aqua-Chem
Two appointments, including chief finance officer (CFO), were announced by Aqua-Chem Inc, manufacturer of membrane and thermal water treatment technologies.
Sumitomo grouping ahead for Kuwait power/desalination
A consortium of Sumitomo Corporation, International Power-GDF Suez and Abdullah Hamad Al Sagar and Bros Co has been declared preferred bidder for the Az Zour North Independent Power & Water Project in Kuwait.
American Water appoints manager for troubled Monterey division
Eric Sabolsice, who worked on commissioning the Tampa Bay desalination plant for American Water, has been appointed general manager for the California American Water division which includes Monterey.
Koreans purchase Spanish desalination company
Spanish desalination and water treatment company Inima OHL Medio Ambiente has been bought by GS Engineering & Construction, a South Korean company based in Seoul.
GE-Osmoflo alliance creates powerful Australian presence
A strategic alliance giving Australian desalination and water recycling company Osmoflo access to products produced by water and process giant GE was unveiled at the International Desalination Association World Congress in Perth, Australia, on 6 September 2011.
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.
H2O Innovation sets out future strategy, as it unveils figures for fiscal year 2016
H2O Innovation grew revenues by 4 per cent to $50.7 million in the year to end of June 2016, thanks to organic growth in speciality products and services.
ACWA wins two membrane-based projects in Saudi
Two separate contracts for membrane-based water and wastewater projects in Saudi Arabia have been awarded to ACWA Emirates LLC of Dubai.
Masdar desal pilot: the results so far
Masdar Clean Energy set a target for its pilot projects of one cubic metre of water for every 3.6 kilowatt hours of energy used. This is a particularly challenging target in the Persian Gulf, where salinity is very high, the water temperature is high, it's very shallow, and there's high organic matter.
Marubeni takes 40% stake in Osmoflo
Marubeni Corporation of Japan has taken a 40% stake in Adelaide-based Osmoflo, Australia's leading locally owned desalination company.
EPA funding for Arlington Desalter's biological denitrification
California's Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) confirmed on 10 February 2011 that it had secured a US$ 528,000 federal grant in January for design work on a treatment system that uses naturally occurring bacteria to remove toxic contaminants, including perchlorate and nitrate, from drinking water.
Slimline MBR is first product from LG Electronics
Only two months after announcing it was entering the water membrane business, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its first wastewater treatment solution, a membrane bioreactor, on 25 November 2010.
Bundamba wastewater reuse plant passes second quality test
The second Water Quality Report for the Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant in Queensland, Australia, has confirmed the excellent quality of the purified water it produces and proved that the water is safe to add to the drinking supply, says government agency WaterSecure
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.
H2O Innovation to grow in Mexico
Canada-based water treatment specialist, H2O Innovation, is expanding its business activities in Mexico.
Japanese trio to challenge European water contract domination
Three major Japanese companies have launched a joint venture to challenge European companies for major contracts in the international water sector, including desalination, reuse and purification.
JGC and Hyflux to collaborate on water and desalination projects
Hydrocarbon engineering company JGC Corporation of Japan and NewSpring Utility Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based membrane technology company Hyflux Ltd, signed a joint venture agreement on 22 December 2009 to develop greenfield water projects including desalination in China.
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.
CDM and Miahona in Saudi water partnership
US consultant CDM and Miahona (Our Water), a subsidiary of ACWA Power Development, have announced a new partnership to execute water projects in Saudi Arabia. The partnership will manage engineering and consulting for water sector projects, including providing studies, designs, construction management, operations, and management consulting services.
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.
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.
Suez WTS introduces new app for ZeeWeed membranes
Suez Water Technologies & Solutions has introduced a new app to simplify data collection and record keeping for ZeeWeed membrane trains, cassettes and modules.
Hitachi and Veolia duo wins US$ 240 million Iraq pretreatment contract
A consortium of Japanese and French industrial giants, Hitachi and Veolia Environnement, alongside Egyptian engineering firm, ArabCo, have won a ¥ 24 billion (US$ 240 million) order from the Iraqi government to build pretreatment facilities at a desalination plant in Basrah, Iraq.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Fluence introduces Aspiral, new modular MABR system
Fluence has introduced a new, modular Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) system that it claims can reduce aeration energy consumption by up to 90 per cent compared to conventional technology.
OPWP signs ACWA Power, Veolia and Dhofar Development for Salalah project
Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has signed ACWA Power Saudi Arabia, Veolia Middle East, and Dhofar International Development and Investment, on a build, own and operate contract for Salalah Water Desalination Plant.
EOI request is out on Jubail phase 3 desal mega-project
Saudi Arabia's Water and Electricity Co has requested expressions of interest on Jubail phase 3, an integrated water and power project to include 1.17 million m3/d of desalination.
Abengoa in talks aimed at re-opening Ghana desalination plant
Abengoa has confirmed that it is actively re-negotiating with Ghana Water Company Ltd (GWCL) the terms of its Teshie-Nungua desalination plant contract.
Abu Dhabi kicks off competition for developer on desal mega project
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has requested expressions of interest (EoIs) on a 200 million gallons a day (909,000 m3/d) mega desalination project, reports Emirates news agency WAM.
Hong Kong awards mega waste-to-energy project to Keppel and Zhen Hau
Keppel Seghers Hong Kong and Zhen Hau Engineering have won a contract for a large scale integrated waste management project, to include a desalination plant, in Hong Kong.
ADB loans $120 million to desalination project in Jaffna, Sri Lanka
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to loan $120 million for a desalination project to supply Jaffna Peninsula, Sri Lanka.
EBRD pledges €300 million for Ain Sokhna, Egypt, desalination project
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to loan €300 million ($354 million) to Egypt for a desalination plant at Ain Sokhna, reports Egypt Today.
Sri Lanka issues RfP for desalination PPP at Hambantota
Sri Lanka Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade has issued a request for proposals (RfP) on a seawater desalination plant at Hambantota, in its Southern Province.
Tseung Kwan O project kicks off with call for pre-quals
Hong Kong's Water Supplies Department has called for pre-qualification bids for Tseung Kwan O desalination plant project.
Mitsui and Tedagua win Spence copper mine desalination project, Chile
Japan's Mitsui & Co and Tedagua of Spain have formed special purpose company Caitan to deliver a desalination project at Spence copper mine in Chile.
Osmoflo cuts the ribbon on Ebeye, Marshall Islands desalination plant
Osmoflo's Ebeye, Marshall Islands desalination plant officially opened on 10 October 2017, following successful commissioning and performance testing.
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.
Bahrain oil refinery installs GE Water mobile technologies
Bahrain Petroleum Company has installed mobile technology from GE Water at Awali refinery to produce high-purity boiler feedwater.
Eiffage and Tedagua clinch Djibouti desalination contract
French engineering firm Eiffage Genie Civil in consortium with Tedagua of Spain has won a contract to build a desalination plant in Djibouti, east Africa.
Protests erupt as Libya plant closes on lack of chemicals
Protests have erupted in Tobruk, Libya, following the closure of its desalination plant due to a lack of chemicals, reports SciDev.Net.
Tokyo's Wellthy Corp forms joint venture in Myanmar
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation subsidiary Wellthy Corp has formed a joint venue with Myanmar Water Engineering & Products (MWEP) to provide EPC and water quality analysis services in Myanmar.
Cyprus poised to tender Paphos SWRO project
The Water Development Department of Cyprus is on course to tender a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant project by end of September 2017.
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
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.
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?
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.