Water. desalination + reuse

February/March 2013

Water. Desalination + reuse

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ContRaCt&tenDeRneWs Mitsubishi wins Ras Abu Fontas A2 plant business Qatar Electricity & Water Company has contracted a consortium of Mitsubishi Corporation and Toyo Thai Corporation Public Company Limited (TTCL), to build the Ras Abu Fontas (RAF) A2 seawater desalination plant. The 36 MIGD (160,000 m3/d) of desalinated water produced by the multi-stage flash plant will be supplied to KAHRAMAA, the national power & water grid operator, for 25 years. Under the full turnkey contract, the consortium will execute the project in its entirety, including engineering, civil work, procurement, erection and commissioning. Mitsubishi will work with Hitachi Zosen Corporation to install the desalination plant facilities, while TTCL will be responsible for the remaining plant facilities such as seawater intake and boiler installations, etc. The project is expected to be completed and commissioned by June 2015. The Japanese Government, led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry and its embassy in Qatar, has declared that they will support desalination projects in Qatar that can use Japan's competitive technology. Under its Midterm Corporate Strategy 2012, Mitsubishi has designated global environment and water related business as a strategic domain and will actively promote water business in high demand area as the Middle East. Cadagua orders eRI PX-Q300s for Morocco Spanish desalination contractor Cadagua has ordered PX-Q300 pressure-exchangers from Energy Recovery Inc (ERI) for the first phase of the Jorf Lasfar seawater desalination plant in Morocco. The plant is at a mine owned by L'Office Cherifien des Phosphates. The first phase will have a total capacity of 75,800 m3/d, while the ultimate size of the plant will be 225,000 m3/d. This is Cadagua's and ERI's first large project in Morocco, and Kristan Kirsch, senior marketing manager for ERI, told D&WR on 18 January 2013 that the company had been contracted to supply multiple PX-Q300 trains following the success of the units in the seawater desalination plant at Ashdod, Israel. Jorf Lasfar is a deepwater commercial port located south of Casablanca on the Atlantic coast, and the project is the first phosphate mining operation in Morocco and the largest desalination plant with significant output. It involves both the municipal and industrial sectors working in concert with large amounts of potable water being made available for nearby populations. Kirsch said that the project helped an 87% year-on-year growth for ERI in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region from 2011 to 2012, and exemplified growth trends in the MENA region for demand areas such as desalination and mining. | 6 | Desalination & Water Reuse | February-March 2013 H2O Innovation takes Californian reuse contract A contract to expand the Leo J Vander Lans Advanced Water Treatment Facility in Long Beach, California, has been awarded to Canadian company H2O Innovation Inc. The company will design, assemble. deliver and commission a water reuse expansion plant for the facility, based on reverse osmosis, which will provide a finished water capacity of 3.7 MGD (14,000 m3/d). H2O Innovation announced on 5 December 2012 that this contract was one of several for the company worth a total of Can$ 3.1 million (US$ 3.14 million). This brings the company's order backlog for water treatment projects to Can$ 21.3 million (US$ 21.5 million). As part of another contract, H2O Innovation will, for the first time in its history, lease a water purification unit to a village municipality in Northern Quebec for a year. Based on a conventional nanofiltration technology, the mobile container – an insulated and heated unit with a capacity of 27.5 GPM (150 m3/d) – will treat groundwater to produce drinking water. "For us, this leasing agreement is a first of its kind," commented Frédéric Dugré, president and CEO of H2O Innovation. "There is a strong demand for such a service, and we are definitely willing to develop it and offer it more and more to communities and workers' camps – enhancing our services, broadening our market reach and offering a more comprehensive range of services and products",. Another contract will see H2O Innovation manufacture and deliver a drinking water production unit for a mining camp, also located in Northern Quebec. The insulated container will integrate nanofiltration technology to treat surface water. Finally H2O Innovation will be responsible for start-up and operation assistance services for a drinking water production unit and a wastewater treatment plant in Northern Alberta. The company delivered these two turnkey solutions last summer to an oil & gas company.

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