Aquatech Awarded Thermal Desalination and Industrial Water Reuse Projects in Egypt

Published October 30th, 2009 - 03:18 GMT

Aquatech has been awarded a
contract to design and supply a Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) seawater
desalination system for the Abu Qir Thermal Power Plant in Egypt. The client, West
Delta Electricity Production Company, and consultant, PGESCo, specified MED
technology for uninterrupted water supply to boilers after carefully studying all
available desalination technology options.

The Desalination Facility at Abu Qir comprises of two (2) Multiple Effect
Distillation with Thermal Vapor Compression (MED-TVC) units, each with a capacity of
5,000 m3/day (net) and will supply 10,000 m3 of fresh water a day to the power
station's boilers and other users. Aquatech's MED technology has been developed and
improved over decades of in-house research and onsite experience worldwide and will
provide an environmentally friendly solution keeping in mind a reduced carbon

Aquatech's scope includes design, equipment supply, testing, and commissioning of
two MED units complete with accessories to produce distilled water within a
challenging schedule as demanded by the project. The plant will be located near
Alexandria, will use seawater from the Mediterranean Sea to produce pure water with
less than 5 mg/l total dissolved solids, and will use plant steam to provide energy
to operate the desalination units. The plant is designed for a performance Gain
Output Ratio (GOR) of 8.5 minimum.

Earlier this year Aquatech was awarded an industrial wastewater reuse project for a
chemical facility by TCI Sanmar Chemicals LLC, located at Port Said, also in Egypt.
The system will be for the treatment and reuse of various wastewater streams
generated from the process units.

The reuse system consists of the patented High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis (HERO(TM))
process which can withstand various impurities such as oil, grease, and organic
constituents. The system will have a capacity of 8,500 m3/day and will recover over
90% of the water suitable for use within the complex for various processes.

Aquatech has previously demonstrated the advantages of its HERO(TM) technology in
projects for the recycle and reuse of water from effluents of refineries, power
plants, petrochemical complexes, oil field produced water, and treated sewage, with
recoveries exceeding 94% in some installations.

Aquatech is a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and
infrastructure markets with a focus on desalination, water reuse, and zero liquid
discharge. The company is headquartered in the United States, has offices throughout
North America, and significant presence worldwide through subsidiaries in Europe,
the Middle East, India, and China.

Aquatech strives to provide Technology Leadership and Performance Excellence to the
Global Water Industry and aims to support its clients with cutting-edge Sustainable
Solutions, minimizing their Life Cycle Cost, as well as their Carbon and Water

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