Dow plans membrane plant in Saudi Arabia

Dow plans membrane plant in Saudi Arabia

MARKET PROSPECTS to develop a 50 000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant for an industrial park in Dafeng City, Jiangsu Province, China. This project is...

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MARKET PROSPECTS to develop a 50 000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant for an industrial park in Dafeng City, Jiangsu Province, China. This project is the second BOT investment that United Envirotech has made in Dafeng City. Scheduled for completion within nine months, phase 1 of the project involves the construction of a 10 000 m3/day membrane bioreactor plant. The group will fund the investment through a combination of proceeds from the last share placement and bank financing. • Separately, global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co LP has entered into a definitive agreement with United Envirotech Ltd for a US$113.8 million convertible bond. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’s investment will support United Envirotech’s expansion in China’s fast growing water industry.

EPA and USDA partner to improve drinking water systems


he US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have formed a national partnership to improve rural drinking water and wastewater systems in the US. Under the agreement, EPA and USDA will help rural utilities improve current operations and encourage development of long-term water quality improvement plans. The agencies will also work together to promote jobs by targeting specific audiences, providing training for new water careers and coordinating outreach efforts that will bring greater public visibility to the workforce needs of the industry, and develop a new generation of trained water professionals. “EPA and USDA have joined forces to leverage our expertise and resources to improve drinking water and wastewater systems in small towns across the country,” said Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “A critical part of this agreement is to ensure that we have a well trained, professional workforce available to replace workers when they leave or retire.” “By working together, our agencies will strengthen their capacity to provide rural residents with safe, clean, well-managed water and wastewater systems for years to come,” said Jonathan Adelstein, administrator for USDA’s Rural Utilities Service.

August 2011

Crown Solutions contracted for water treatment plant in Arizona


rown Solutions, a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies company, has signed a contract with Abener-Teyma, a joint venture of two Abengoa subsidiaries, to supply an integrated, near zero liquid discharge, water treatment system. This system will be installed at the world’s largest thermal solar power plant, located in Gila Bend, Arizona and operated by Abengoa Solar. The plant consists of two 140 MW steam generator/turbine/generator units supplied with heat from a 1800 acre Solar Collector Field. It also features a large thermal storage system that allows it to continue to generate power for up to six hours after sundown. Crown Solutions’ water treatment process consists of a 4500 GPM integrated well water and wastewater recovery system. The overall system recovery will be over 95%.


Desal delay as fire hits Hyflux warehouse in Algeria


he 500 000 m3/day Hyflux seawater desalination plant in Magtaa, Algeria will be delayed by nine months following a fire at a warehouse at the project site. The Hyflux warehouse which caught fire is located a few hundred metres from the construction site and housed equipment that was to be used on the project. No one was injured in the fire and all buildings erected and equipment installed at the construction site were unaffected by the fire. At the time of the fire, the project was more than 80% completed. Following the fire, all damaged equipment and other supplies will have to be reprocured. As a result, project completion is now expected to move to May 2012 from August 2011. According to preliminary estimates, there will be around US$50 million in costs and damages arising from the fire.

Haya Water develops world’s largest submerged MBR system in Oman

Dow plans membrane plant in Saudi Arabia



aya Water is developing the largest ever submerged membrane bioreactor (MBR) plant for a water reuse system in Muscat, Oman. The Al Ansab treatment plant will have the capacity to handle up to 74 000 cubic metres of effluent per day when phase II is completed. The plant, which has been operating since February 2011, receives sewage from the tanker discharge area and the newly constructed central pumping station in the Al Azaiba area of Muscat. A 280 km pipeline transports the treated effluent to Al Ansab for the final treatment process. Water from the project will be re-used in Muscat’s parks, public areas and golf courses. Real estate developers and industry are also benefitting from the Haya Water project and its treated water.

he Dow Chemical Co is to build a manufacturing facility for Dow Filmtec reverse osmosis (RO) membrane elements in Saudi Arabia. The new Dow Water & Process Solutions facility will deliver water membrane technologies for water desalination and water re-use for potable, non-potable and industrial water serving Saudi Arabia, the surrounding Middle East and North Africa region and emerging markets worldwide. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a key market for Dow Water & Process Solutions. This new proposed world-class facility will increase our ability to deliver the most advanced, affordable and sustainable water sourcing and treatment options for desalination, wastewater treatment, and other applications,” said Dr Ilham Kadri, commercial director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dow Water & Process Solutions.

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