Chinese nuclear power plant to use ultrafiltration modules for process water treatment

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GREIFENBERG, Ammersee, and BEIJING, China, Aug. 27th 2008 -- inge watertechnologies AG, a global supplier of ultrafiltration technology in water treatment, has secured another major contract in China. inge watertechnologies had already outfitted Beijing International Airport with its proprietary patented ultrafiltration technology for waste water treatment in time for the start of the Olympic Games. Now the company has successfully entered the fast-growing market for process water treatment in Chinese nuclear power plants. inge watertechnologies will equip the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant with ultrafiltration modules. The plant is currently under construction in the Liaoning province about 100 km from the port of Dalian.

The Hongyanhe power plant is one of six plants currently under construction in China which are to help meet the surging energy demand of the country in addition to the existing eleven power plants feeding the grid. Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant is regarded as one of the world's leading-edge nuclear power plants of the latest generation. Bruno Steis, managing director of inge watertechnologies AG and in charge of the company's activities in China, said: "This project is of particular importance for us in several respects: First, we once more won against strong international competition in the bidding process. Second, Hongyanhe is an important reference project not only in China, but worldwide, because it is a nuclear power plant of the latest generation employing leading-edge technology; also, this is our first reference project for process water treatment in nuclear power plants. And third, this new major contract has confirmed our strategy to have our own team on the ground in China."

inge watertechnologies AG will equip the Hongyanhe nuclear power plant near Dalian in the east of China with its dizzer 5000plus modules. Each of these high-performance modules are rated for a treatment output of up to 5.0 cubic meters per hour each. It is planned to install several hundred modules to be used in combination with reverse osmosis for seawater desalination. Up to 26,000 cbm of sea water are to be desalinated every day and treated to attain the quality required for cooling water purposes in the power plant. The Hongyanhe power plant will comprise six blocks with a total output of 600 megawatts. The total capital expenditure amounts to US$ 2.88 billion; completion is scheduled for 2011. Says Bruno Steis: "There is no doubt that the great reliability of our ultrafiltration membranes was one winning factor. Not a single fibre breakage has occurred in six years. We are happy that we will first-time equip a nuclear power plant in addition to our existing power plant projects including coal power stations in China, Italy and Russia. At the same time, this project is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the high performance of the combination of our ultrafiltration modules with reverse osmosis membranes in sea water desalination. After all, we see a great worldwide growth potential for us here, not least because the conventional thermal procedures will lose importance due to their high energy consumption."

Based in Greifenberg, Germany, inge watertechnologies AG develops, produces and distributes ultrafiltration equipment for the treatment of drinking water, process water, wastewater and sea water.

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