Desalination contract links Qatar and China into $8.3m agreement

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DOHA, Qatar, Dec. 9, 2011 – Qatar Petrochemical Co. (QAPCO) has awarded a contract to Chinese firm Tri-Tech Infrastructure to deliver a 5,760 m3/day thermal desalination unit for its Utility Plant at Mesaieed Industrial City in Doha.

Valued at $8.3 million, the contract will see Tri-Tech U.S. delivering its Multiple Effect Thermocompression (MED-TC) desalination technology and will include design, engineering, fabrication, commissioning and performance testing.

The contract forms Tri-Tech’s first thermal seawater desalination contract in the Middle East and third contact outside China during 2011.

Phil Fan, co-president of Tri-Tech Holding, said: “Qatar has no natural waterways and scarcity in fresh water, so almost all potable water and industrial processing water is desalted seawater. Qatar plans to invest $75 billion in natural gas and petrochemical industries by 2012 and expects to upgrade its refining capacity to 18 million tons by 2016. Given the country’s needs for fresh water for its people and industry demands for wastewater, water treatment and desalination, especially for use in the petrochemical sector, we will continue to enhance our marketing and sales effort in the Middle East."

Tri-Tech U.S. said it expects to deliver the desalination unit by November 2012 and that it will “operate efficiently at low temperatures to reduce scaling”.

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- In February 2012 WaterWorld Middle East conference and exhibition will be launched in Doha, Qatar and will explore the developing desalination processes being adopted in the region, as well as topical issues such as wastewater recycling/reuse, utility management and tariff structuring. For more information, please visit www.waterworldmiddleeast.com/index.html

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