BASF’s ultrafiltration arm wins major deal in India

BASF subsidiary and ultrafiltration (UF) membranes manufacturer, Inge has secured the biggest project in its history to supply high-capacity ultrafiltration for a desalination plant in Jamnagar, India.

More than 4,000 modules from its T-Rack 3.0 series will provide 450,000 m³ of pretreated water a day to one of the country’s largest oil refineries.

The desalination plant was built by water treatment specialist IDE Technologies, and will use Inge UF to protect the reverse osmosis membranes and to minimize the energy footprint of the plant.

The desalination plant will deliver up to 170,000 m³/d. “Onsite pilot testing confirmed that our T-Rack 3.0 ultrafiltration modules meet the very demanding performance requirements in terms of process stability, filtrate quality and yield, especially during the monsoon period,” said Inge chief executive Bruno Steis. He said the UF will “reduce the plant’s energy and operating cost significantly.”

The German-made modules are scheduled for delivery by the end of this year. The desalination plant is scheduled for commissioning in 2015.