October's top stories: Acciona treatment contract, Russian refinery selects GE

Acciona has secured a contract for expansion of the Monte da Rocha water treatment plant in Portugal, while Bashneft selected GE's ZeeWeed membrane bioreactor (MBR) for treatment of refinery water from the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim oil processing complex in the Ufa industrial block.


Acciona wins water treatment plant contract in Portugal


Renewable energy, infrastructure and water services company Acciona has secured a contract for the expansion of the Monte da Rocha water treatment plant in Ourique, Portugal.

Under the €3.5m contract, Acciona will be responsible for the equipment, power, automation and commissioning of the plant in the south of the Alentejo district. It has a 70% share in a joint venture with the Lucios group, which will perform the civil engineering work.

Once expansion is complete, the plant will have a capacity of 6,400m³ a day and cover the drinking water needs of an estimated 35,000 people.

Desalitech to supply wastewater treatment pilot system to LACSD

Water production and treatment solutions provider Desalitech has secured a contract from the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD) to supply an advanced pilot wastewater treatment system.

The LACSD will use the Desalitech CCD system to meet an order from The State of California to reduce chloride levels in the Santa Clarita Valley's treated wastewater to less than the state's legal limits.

The system is capable of reducing effluent discharge and brine disposal costs, which can represent more than 50% of total water treatment project costs.

Russian refinery selects GE wastewater treatment technology


Russian oil company Bashneft has selected GE's ZeeWeed membrane bioreactor (MBR) for treatment of refinery water from the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim oil processing complex in the Ufa industrial block.

The company will provide MBR technology along with electrodialysis reversal, reverse osmosis and ion exchange polishing technologies for the wastewater treatment plant.

In collaboration with Bashneft and the Bashkortostan Institute of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry, GE conducted a successful pilot study from April to July as part of its preparation to modernise the biological treatment plants (BTP) of the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim branch.

Companies to deliver Nereda wastewater technology in UK

Royal HaskoningDHV and Imtech Process have signed a cooperation agreement to deliver the sustainable and biological wastewater treatment technology Nereda in the UK.

Nereda is a technology for wastewater treatment, which operates through an aerobic granule process and will displace the old method of activated sludge. It saves 20% to 30% in energy and around 75% in land use.

Imtech Process anticipates that it will construct five to eight Nereda wastewater treatment installations in the coming years.

The technology was developed in a public-private partnership between Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), Dutch water boards and Royal HaskoningDHV.

Suez Environnement wins Indian water contracts


French utility company Suez Environnement has won two contracts worth €20m to improve the water distribution system, reduce unaccounted for water (UFW) and control leaks in Bangalore and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

The contracts, awarded by the Bangalore Water & Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, will help consumers access a better supply and improved water quality.

The company has entered into a joint venture with SPML Infra for the Bangalore project, which will cover a total area of 26.5km², with more than 400,000 consumers.

GE introduces new filtration technology

GE has introduced new filtration technology capable of seawater pretreatment for reverse osmosis.

GE's ZeeWeed 1000 and ZeeWeed 1500 hollow-fibre membranes provide a reduced plant footprint and reduced installation cost compared to earlier ZeeWeed products.

They will improve performance through energy savings and increased seawater reverse osmosis membrane life compared to conventional technologies.

ADB approves loan to improve Dhaka water supplies


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $250m loan to expand the coverage and quality of water supplies to nearly 11 million people in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhaka has been drawing heavily on groundwater but the current rate of extraction is no longer sustainable with the water table falling by 2m to 3m a year.

The Dhaka Environmentally Sustainable Water Supply Project will develop a new raw water intake at the Meghna River, about 30km east of the city.

Queensland to develop plans for south-east region's future water use

Queensland's government in Australia has called for feedback regarding plans to develop a long-term strategy for maintaining water security in the south-east region of the state.

The government has released a discussion paper outlining several options under consideration and is inviting residents and businesses to make a submission by the end of the year.

The new programme, which is anticipated to be developed by mid-2015, will unveil the arrangements and measures in place to facilitate the desired level of service objectives.

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