January’s top stories: Siemens to supply wastewater treatment system

Siemens Energy will supply a wastewater treatment system to Sinopec Jiujiang Petrochemical Company’s refinery located in the Jiangxi province of China, and Veolia will build a seawater desalination plant at the Az-Zour North complex in Kuwait. Water-technology.com wraps-up the key headlines from January 2014.

Wastewater treatment

Siemens to supply wastewater treatment system to Chinese refinery

Wastewater system

Sinopec Jiujiang Petrochemical Company awarded a contract to Siemens Energy to supply a wastewater treatment system to its refinery located in the Jiangxi province of China.

The system includes PACT biological treatment, wet air regeneration (WAR), a hydro-clear filter system and a Zimpro wet air oxidation (WAO) system for spent caustic treatment.

The PACT / WAR system will treat oily wastewater for reuse in the refinery. It will also treat salty wastewater from the refinery process to meet stringent requirements for discharge into the Yangtze River.

Desalitech reverse osmosis system selected for Indian wastewater treatment plant

US-based water treatment solutions provider Desalitech was awarded a contract by UPL Environmental Engineers to supply its advanced wastewater treatment system for an Indian plant.

The company's closed circuit desalination (CCD) reverse osmosis solution will be a key element in the plant's zero-liquid-discharge (ZLD) system, cutting the energy consumption of downstream components and associated costs by as much as 50%.

The Desalitech system is capable of processing 200m³/d of industrial wastewater as part of a ZLD treatment process designed to virtually eliminate liquid waste and minimise environmental impacts and disposal costs.

Veolia to build Kuwait desalination plant

Veolia Environnement subsidiary Sidem was awarded an engineering, purchasing and construction (EPC) contract to build a seawater desalination plant at the Az-Zour North complex in Kuwait.

The $320m contract was won in partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries, which will oversee the construction of the 1,500MW power station. Construction on the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

The plant will have a daily production capacity of 486,400m³ of water. Currently, the plant is in the start-up phase and has a daily capacity of 136,000m³ of water.

FEMA approves funding for Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved $730m in funding to repair the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in New York, US, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

The funding is the largest Sandy infrastructure award and will also provide protection against future extreme weather for the plant.

Of the total funding, FEMA has committed at least $657m, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has committed to use at least $73m in federal community development block grant funds to cover the remainder.

Woolston Wastewater Treatment Works receive council approval

Southern Water received approval in principle from Southampton City Council, UK, for its redevelop plan for Woolston Wastewater Treatment Works.

The first phase of the project, due to start in spring, will involve building a temporary works to treat wastewater before elements of the existing site are demolished.

Construction of the new treatment plant will begin in late 2014, once the temporary works is complete.

Southern Water upgrades Morestead Road Wastewater Treatment Works

Wastewater treatment

Southern Water completed £9m improvements of Morestead Road Wastewater Treatment Works in Winchester, UK.

The improvements programme includes construction of three aeration lanes, which pump oxygen into the wastewater to help the waste-digesting bacteria to thrive.

A new ferric dosing plant has been installed to remove phosphate along with new pumps, tanks and treatment systems that will help to meet increasingly strict Environment Agency standards.

World Bank to provide funding for Albanian water project

Water project

The World Bank signed a $85.3m loan agreement with the Government of Albania to upgrade and expand the existing water supply and sewerage network in the Durres region.

Water transmission pipelines will be constructed to link villages to the city's water supply system and reduce losses in the water distribution network. The project will also support the transfer capacity of the sewer network from the touristic beach area to the newly constructed Durres wastewater treatment plant.

The $85.3m Water Sector Investment Project was approved by the bank's board of executive directors on 20 December 2013.

Sound Global to reconstruct and expand Chinese sewage treatment plant

Hong Kong-based water and wastewater treatment solutions provider Sound Global won a contract to reconstruct and expand a sewage treatment plant in Xinjiang, China.

The upgraded plant will be capable of treating 75,000m³/day, up from the existing capacity of 50,000m³/d.

The company will invest CNY153m ($25m) in the project, which it will construct on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis using multi-stage AO technology. The new technology enables the quality of filtrated water to meet the class I- B standard set out in Discharge Standards on Pollutants from Urban Sewage Treatment Plant (GB18918-2002).

Xylem to supply Spanish ultraviolet wastewater plant

US-based water and wastewater equipment and services provider Xylem was awarded a contract for a wastewater treatment facility in the Vigo region of south-west Spain.

Under the $2.75m contract, the company will supply its Wedeco-brand ultraviolet (UV) technologies to the wastewater treatment facility, which will have a capacity of 147,000m³/d.

The facility is capable of serving 800,000 people and is the largest bio-filtration and UV wastewater treatment plant in Spain.