Water. desalination + reuse

November/December 2012

Water. Desalination + reuse

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IDA & AFFILIATES iDA IDA announces May 2013 oil and gas conference The International Desalination Association (IDA) is to organize its first technical conference focused on water treatment strategies for the oil & gas industry. Desalination and Water Reuse for the Oil & Gas Industry will be held on 12-14 May 2013 in Banff, Alberta at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a Canadian National Historic Site that is considered one of the most beautiful venues in the region. Conference sessions will explore the different technologies currently being used, as well as those that are showing promising results, for the overall water management cycle on the various kinds of oil and gas extraction sites. ���This event is timely and relevant for not only members of the oil and gas industry, but also for professionals engaged in desalination and wastewater recycle/reuse,��� said Guillaume Clairet, IDA director and co-chair of IDA���s Humanitarian Outreach Program. ���Oil and gas companies must contend with a variety of issues, from increasingly stringent environmental regulations to heightened scrutiny about wastewater from fracking and oil recovery operations. This conference will place the spotlight on water treatment strategies to manage these issues.��� In addition to sharing technical knowledge, the conference will continue the work of IDA���s Humanitarian Outreach Initiative. Proceeds from the event will be donated to one or more non-profit organizations that develop water-related humanitarian projects in Africa and South America, where the majority of the population still suffers from drinking water scarcity. Next IDA AcADemy sessIoN IN sANtA mArgherItA, ItAly The International Desalination Association (IDA) Academy is to hold its next session at Santa Margherita, Italy, in March 2013. The four-day, intensive three-module course will take place on 19-22 March at the Grand Miramare Hotel. Registration will open soon. The IDA Academy provides learning theoretical and practical knowledge in the latest advances in membrane or thermal technologies, environmental aspects, posttreatment, desalination management and economics. The course will have two tracks initially split between reverse osmosis and thermal processes, and on the final day, between environmental aspects and remineralisation/ management and economics. Lecturers will be: l Leon Awerbuch - Interim Dean/IDA Desalination Academy, Leading Edge Technologies, Ltd, USA l Dr Roberto Borsani - Fisia Italimpianti SpA, Italy l Dr Sabine Lattemann - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia l Dr Corrado Sommariva - President/International Desalination Association, ILF, AbuDhabi l Dr Mark Wilf - ROTechnology, USA. For more information visit: www.idadesal.org or email kzilinek@idadesal.org. the urgent water and wastewater challenges facing arid regions. IDA says the event provides a new and unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. ���IDA is very pleased to support the International Water Summit, which provides a new and unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions,��� said Corrado Sommariva, IDA president. ���The International Water Summit has particular relevance to IDA���s mission and follows exactly the message that IDA has spread strongly in the last five years about the need for sustainability and increased environmental responsibility in water solutions.��� Sommariva stated that, while the initial focus, particularly in the Middle East, was to provide a reliable source of fresh water to ensure the beginning and blossoming of the region���s economy, the emphasis now includes making desalination a sustainable and environmentally responsible industrial solution. ���We have made tremendous progress in this regard mainly through innovation, but more still needs to be done,��� he said. ���This summit provides a platform to address issues that are essential not only for the desalination industry, but also for the continued development and success of the region���s community at large.��� IDA bAcks Abu DhAbI wAter summIt The International Desalination Association (IDA) announced on 12 November 2012 that it would be supporting the 2013 International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi (http://iwsabudhabi.com) as a Knowledge Partner and lead sessions on water and energy. Scheduled for 15-17 January 2013 and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, the International Water Summit will bring together policymakers, scientists and business leaders to tackle INstAlleD DesAlINAtIoN growth sloweD IN 2011-2012 Installed desalination capacity around the world rose by only 9%, last year to reach 78.4 million m3/d, according to the latest data published by the International Desalination Association (IDA) and Global Water Intelligence (GWI). This compares with a 10.5% increase between 2010 and 2011. Installed capacity was 65.1 million m3/d in 2010 and 71.9 million m3/d in 2012. Christopher Gasson, publisher of GWI, says on his | 44 | Desalination & Water Reuse | November-December 2012 website, ���The first half of 2012 has been the worst six months the industry has experienced in the past decade. Only 1.3 million m��/d of new capacity was contracted. At the peak of the desalination industry in 2006, more than 7 million m��/d of new capacity was contracted over the year.��� "However, the past five years has seen a 57% increase in the capacity of desalination plants on-line, according to the latest edition of the IDA/GWI Worldwide Desalting Plant Inventory. ���Growth in desalination is not linear, and it is tied to many other factors including the cost of oil, prices of certain commodities, and availability of financing,��� said Patricia Burke, secretary general of IDA. However, the underlying factors that have driven the growth of desalination remain in place, including population growth, industrial development, pollution of traditional water resources, and climate change.��� ���At the same time,��� Burke added, ���the desalination industry has done much to lower the cost of desalination by developing technologies that lower energy requirements, implementing practices that achieve greater operational efficiency, and adopting measures to enhance environmental stewardship.��� The growth of the market for desalination reflects the fact that coastal communities are increasingly turning to the sea to meet their drinking water needs, says IDA, while inland there is a tendency for groundwater to become increasingly brackish over time. Around 60% of desalination capacity treats seawater; the remainder treats brackish and less saline feedwater. Historically, large-scale desalination has mainly been built in the Gulf region where there is no alternative for public water supply. The combination of lower-cost membrane desalination and increased water scarcity means that big desalination plants are now being built outside the Gulf. The largest membrane desalination plant in the world ��� the 444,000 m3/d Victoria Desalination Plant in Melbourne Australia ��� came on line last month and is included in the inventory, but it will be soon be surpassed by the 500,000 m3/d Magtaa plant in Algeria Young Leaders Program Volunteers: Laying Solid Foundations for a Successful Career Mike Dixon, special/technical Coordinator for iDA���s young Leaders program Committee and r&D engineer, sA Water, Australia THEY SAY volunteers are seldom paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. I feel I have gained priceless experience from being a volunteer with the International Desalination Association���s Young Leaders Program (YLP). The value of volunteering should not be underestimated ��� after all, Noah's Ark was built by volunteers while the Titanic was built by professionals. Not-for-profit organizations are, more often than not, in desperate need of volunteers. For the committed young professional, there are outstanding opportunities to gain experiences and exposure to people and practices that may not be as available through your employer. A recent article I read on the LinkedIn social network site noted the type of leadership at the top of a for-profit organization is akin to being a leader of volunteers. It is about persuasion and getting people to grasp and follow a common vision. We all know volunteers gain no monetary reward, and and the 510,000 m3/d Soreq plant in Israel. Work should start soon on the largest seawater desalination plant in the USA, the 189,000 m3/d Carlsbad project. The largest thermal desalination plant in the world is the 880,000 m3/d Shoaiba 3 desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, although this will be displaced in 2014 as the largest desalination plant in the world by the 1,025,000 m3/d Ras Al Khair (Ras Azzour) project in Saudi Arabia, which uses both membrane and thermal technology. Desalination is now practiced in 150 countries, from Australia to China and Japan, the United States, Spain and other European countries, the Middle East and North Africa. Northwest Membrane Operator Association NWMOA syMpOsiuM set fOr septeMber 2013 The Northwest Membrane Operator Association (NWMOA) is in the process of developing the program for its Annual Symposium scheduled for 23-25 September 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington. The theme of the symposium is: Getting the Best from Your Membrane Treatment Plant and papers have been invited with abstracts due by 29 March 2013. The program committee has determined that the following topics will be presented during the symposium: Basic Applications and Overview: MBR and Tertiary Treatment; Microfiltration/Ultrafiltration; Reverse Osmosis/Nanofiltration; Residuals Management; Math for Operators Lessons Learned: Pretreatment Case Studies; Data Monitoring; Cold Water Applications; Start-Ups; Membrane Cleaning Challenges Interactive Breakout Session: Membrane Autopsy; Strainers and Prefilters; PLC and SCADA Systems; Electronic O&M Manuals; Chemical Storage & Feed; Membrane Plant Safety Abstract/biography forms are available on the NWMOA website www.nwmoa.org. instead they seek pride and satisfaction in their work. They can walk out at any stage if they are unhappy, so keeping volunteers enthused is a challenge and critical lesson as a leader. Volunteer leaders tackle all the same management issues they would face in a for-profit environment including setting objectives, developing strategies, raising and allocating funds, motivating and guiding people, and complying with regulatory structures. For members of the YLP, being elected to serve on the YLP committee provides a chance to socialize with industry leaders and work closely with both leaders and peers to gain professional experience and new skills. You could find yourself learning when and how to motivate a team, seeking volunteer insights, mediating between conflicting parties or developing strategies for high profile events. From personal experience, the options and opportunities to volunteer are broad, exciting and rewarding. I encourage you to touch base with your regional IDA YLP representative to discuss volunteering with the IDA as I���m confident you will get more out of it than you think. Mike Dixon can be reached at Mike.Dixon@sawater.com.au. For information about the IDA Young Leaders Program, visit www.idadesal.org or contact Nancy Pagels at npagels@idadesal.org. November-December 2012 | Desalination & Water Reuse | 45 |

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