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Petroleum Company of Trinidad & Tobago contracts GE for water treatment facility

6 December 2012

Petroleum Company of Trinidad & Tobago (Petrotrin) has awarded a contract to GE to design, build, operate and maintain a temporary water treatment plant, using its advanced ZeeWeed ultrafiltration (UF) and MobileRO reverse osmosis (RO) technology.

GE will build the temporary water plant at Petrotrin's refinery to provide 3.5m gallons of filtered water every day.

Under the contract, GE will provide five M-PAK mobile UF units, four 600gal/min MobileRO units, three circular tanks and RO feed pumps for the new facility.

The delivery will also include transfer pumps, waste pumps, RO cleaning skid, air compressor for instruments and an office trailer with storage and laboratory.

As per the terms of the contract, GE will also operate and maintain the facility for two years.

"GE will build the temporary water plant at Petrotrin's refinery to provide 3.5m gallons of filtered water every day."

GE Power & Water water and process technologies president and CEO Heiner Markoff said the company can address complex water treatment demands of the hydrocarbon processing and refining industries.

"Our mobile water solutions in particular help our customers meet their urgent and short-term needs," Markoff said.

The petroleum company is constructing the temporary water treatment facility as a part of the Clean Fuels Programme, to meet the increasing demand of steam and cooling water at the refinery to sustain the new process units.

Under the programme, Petrotrin is expanding its refinery by adding new plants and upgrading its existing fluid catalytic cracking unit, to improve economic performance and meet future gasoline quality demands.

The new mobile water treatment plant will provide RO process water to produce filtered water that is required to carry out industrial processes at the refinery.