2013: The year's biggest Water Technology stories
Yokogawa Middle East and Africa won a contract from Petroleum, Chemicals and Mining Company is to supply a control system for the SWRO-4 desalination plant in Saudi Arabia, while Siemens Water Technologies introduced the CoMag System. Water-technology.net wraps up the key headlines from 2013.
Yokogawa Electric's subsidiary Yokogawa Middle East and Africa won a contract from Petroleum, Chemicals and Mining Company (PCMC) to supply the control system for the SWRO-4 desalination plant in Saudi Arabia.
The plant, SWRO-4, is being built by the Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq) in Jubail city of Saudi Arabia.
SWRO-4 will use reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to desalinate seawater, and will have a capacity to process 100,000m³ of potable water a day.
Siemens Water Technologies introduced the CoMag System, a solution which will allow municipalities to increase the performance of water and wastewater treatment plants with a reduced footprint.
The solution uses magnetite to ballast conventional chemical floc for enhanced settling rates. It can reduce total suspended solids (TSS), total phosphorus (TP), turbidity, colour, pathogens and metals far below conventional treatment, for recycle-reuse, reverse osmosis pretreatment and other uses.
The CoMag System will also reduce capital and lifecycle costs. By using the new system, designers and plant operators with space constraints can increase treatment capacity and limit the footprint of their proposed facilities.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed to provide a $400m loan to improve water and sanitation systems in peripheral areas of Kolkata, India.
The Kolkata Environmental Improvement Investment Program aims to restore water production capacity to 1,478 million litres per day, to ensure that leaks on 700km of water pipes are repaired by 2023, and to install 170km of sewer-drain pipes and provide new sewerage connections to 27,000 homes. Installation of 40,000 water metres in pilot areas should also help improve and sustain water management.
The funds will be provided in three batches. Under the first batch, a loan of $100m will be provided to the city to help restore the original production capacity of two existing water treatment plants, cutting water losses, and gradually rolling out 24-hour water supply in target areas. New sewer pipes, pump stations and 2,300 new sewerage connections will also be installed in southern peripheral parts of the city.
Black & Veatch and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies have been chosen by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to design and build a new nutrient recovery system at its Stickney water reclamation plant in Cicero, Illinois.
The facility will help to improve water quality in local rivers, lakes and streams. It will also produce commercial fertiliser from recovered resources.
MWRD commissioner and chairman of the Monitoring and Research Committee Patrick Thompson said that the Stickney project enables the recovery of phosphorus and nitrogen from waste streams that can be converted into fertiliser.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved a loan of €5m to help the municipality of Cazin in Bosnia improve wastewater management in the region.
The funds extended to the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be utilised by public utility company JKP Vodovod Cazin to finance the expansion of the wastewater collection network and construct a wastewater treatment plant.
Technical cooperation funds of €350,000 were provided from EBRD's Shareholder Special Fund and the European Western Balkans Joint Fund provided €296,970 for a feasibility study.
US-based General Electric (GE) secured a contract with Romagna Acque - Società delle Fonti to provide its advanced water treatment technology for an under-construction water purification plant in Ravenna, Italy.
Romagna Acque, a public company is responsible for supplying water to Italy's Romagna region.
Under the contract, GE will provide its ZeeWeed 500 technology for the water purification plant situated on the east coast of Italy, close to the Adriatic Sea and part of the Mediterranean Sea.
US-based engineering and design firm Burns & McDonnell started evaluating and developing a programme to help the Unified Government (UG) of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, Kansas, to upgrade and renew its ageing wastewater infrastructure.
The upgrades are expected to address overflows in the city's wastewater system.
To renew the assets, the UG has signed a consent decree with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice.
France-based Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies inaugurated the newly constructed, expanded and upgraded Czajka wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the city of Warsaw, Poland.
The project is now complete after four years of construction, upgrade, and extension work carried out by Veolia.
Czajka WWTP has a capacity to treat 435,000m³ per day of wastewater, exceeding the old plant's capacity of around 200,000m³ per day.
US-based NanoH2O signed a contract with Consorcio de Abastecimiento de Aguas a Fuerteventura (CAAF) to supply its high rejection reverse osmosis membranes, for the Puerto del Rosario IV desalination plant, located at Fuerteventura Island in Spain.
As per the contract, the company will provide its QuantumFlux seawater reverse osmosis (RO) membranes to retrofit the Puerto del Rosario IV desalination plant.
The membranes will upgrade and modernise the plant to produce an estimated 6,500m³/day of treated water.
Spain-based technology solutions provider for the energy and environment sectors, Abengoa, commenced commercial operations at the Qingdao desalination plant in China.
The desalination plant, constructed at a cost of €135m, will use reverse osmosis technology to produce 100,000m³/day of drinking water from seawater to meet the drinking water demands of 7.5million residents of Qingdao City.
Abengoa will be responsible for maintenance and operations of the plant for a period of 25 years, during which revenue generation from water sales is expected to be over €750m, and will further rise to €25m from technical support operations.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) awarded a contract for the water transmission network project in Palm Jumeirah.
The proposed project is expected to supply, extend and implement a 600mm to 900mm-diameter pipe water transmission network by 3km in the artificial archipelago.
The contract is worth AED57.5m ($15.65m).