Eimco awarded Kuwait intake-filtration contract

Oct. 1, 2006
Petrochemical Industries Co of Safat, Kuwait, awarded a contract to Eimco Water Technologies Limited, a division of Groupe LaPerriere & Verreault Inc. (GLV) for the supply of filtration and intake systems through a new closed circuit seawater system.

Petrochemical Industries Co of Safat, Kuwait, awarded a contract to Eimco Water Technologies Limited, a division of Groupe LaPerriere & Verreault Inc. (GLV) for the supply of filtration and intake systems through a new closed circuit seawater system.

This order is part of a major project to increase seawater cooling capacity in the Shuaiba Industrial Area to supply the cooling water needs of two new petrochemical projects: the Olefins-2 Kuwait Project, a joint project between PIC and The Dow Chemical Company; and the Aromatics Project of the Kuwait Paraxylene Production Company, a majority-owned subsidiary of PIC.

Eimco will provide one Brackett Green Seawater Make-Up Filter and two Brackett Green Seawater cooling/lubrication filters to be installed in the Closed Loop Pipeline to filter debris from the system before cooling liquid is introduced to the user plants. For the intake part of the workscope, Eimco will install stop gates and screens in the sea water intake and intake bays of the cooling water pumping station to prevent debris from entering the pumps and prevent maintenance problems further down the line. The delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2007.

the first quarter of 2007. In addition, on September 14 Eimco announced that it was awarded an US$ 18 million contract to provide water screening systems included in Phase II of a major seawater intake infrastructure project in the industrial city of Ras Laffan, Qatar. Under the terms of the contract, GL&V will deliver, between June 2007 and June 2008, a complete water screening solution comprising several pieces of equipment, based on the Brackett Green technology for high-volume water intakes.

On completion of the project, the screening facility will treat more than 200 tons of seawater per second to supply process water to a power station, oil refinery, seawater desalination plant, and several other industrial facilities in Ras Laffan.

Veolia Water signs partnership agreement in Russia

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environment signed a partnership with the Russian companies Evraziysky and Eurasian Water Partnership (EWP), a management company, for the development of water and wastewater projects in Russia.

Veolia will acquire an interest in EWP, which will amount to 50 percent at term, and will assure water and wastewater services in the town of Rostov via the company Voda Rostova. Veolia Water’s expertise in managing water and wastewater service contracts, setting up projects that entail international financial organizations, together with the Russian companies’ experience in the Russian water market, based on their presence in the towns of Rostov sur-le-Don and Ornsk, makes this partnership potentially advantageous to all parties.

Veolia proposed the development of a competence center for the Russian water sector with EWP. Present in the country for ten years, Veolia Water operates in St. Petersburg where it is a service provider to the company Vodokanal Saint-Petersburg.

Aquaterra 2007 focus on water, coastal engineering

The organizer of the biannual Aquatech, Amsterdam Rai, is launching a new international forum -- Aquaterra 2007 – that covers a new focus for conferences and exhibitions brought about by challenges from the effect of climate change on water and coastal development.

Climate change is causing a huge impact on societies. Catastrophes are highly publicized, but many climate change effects are long term and receive very little publicity. Coastal erosion, due to increased wave size and more frequent storms, will have far-reaching effects on societies given that 80 percent of the world’s population lives within thirty miles of the coast. Inland flooding, caused by increasingly intense and frequent storms, has become a regular occurrence with disastrous effects.

Aquaterra 2007, to be held on February 7 through 9, will bring together specialists from governments, organizations, knowledge institutions, and companies from all over the world to discuss practical solutions for sustainable project to combat threats from climate change. An extensive conference program will cover topics including water and coastal engineering, eco-hydraulics, ground engineering, monitoring systems, and finance and insurance.

The program covers the following themes:

  • Rivers: Pressures on deltas and responses in deltaic riverine regions:
  • Cities: Urban dilemmas, new concepts and technologies;
  • Coasts: Cities in deltas and exploiting opportunities on coasts

More than half of the exhibition space at Aquaterra 2007 has already been sold. Companies from around the world have reserved stands, including dredging, construction, and development firms, architects, consultants, and equipment suppliers. According to manager Xander de Bruine, the early bookings are remarkable considering this is the first edition of Aquaterra.

For more information, visit www.aquaterraforum.nl.

Field Notes

Ireland: The UK company Balmoral Tanks launched a new, independent company in Dublin, Balmoral tanks Ireland Ltd. (BTIL), after operating in the Irish market for many years. The company has specialized in sewage treatment plants, fuel oil storage products, GRP and steel-sectional water tanks since the early 1990s. For more information, visit the website: www.balmoraltanks.com.

Russia: The US company Fluid Components International (FCI) of San Marcos, California, received full certification from the Russian Federation to imports its precision mass flow meters and mass flow/level/temperature switches into the country. FCI’s manufacturing and calibration facilities have been inspected and approved for GOST R applications (GOST Russian Certification of Conformity). They have been found to be fully in compliance with Russian standards, resulting in the GOST R approval for the MT Series, GF Series and the ST98 Series thermal mass flow meters.

From the Gosgortekhnadzor Russia, also called RTN (formerly GGTN R), FCI’s flow meters and flow switches have been approved for use in hazardous areas. With the their no-moving parts design, FCI’s flow instruments have a global reputation for precision performance with high reliability and safety in hazardous industries, including oil/gas, chemical, electric power, pulp/paper, steel, waste water and many others, according to FCI. Both the GOST R and the RTN approvals are required for importing flow instruments and their use in hazardous areas of the Russian Federation. These approvals are also well recognized and accepted in other countries in the same region, such as Republic of Kazahstan, Ukraine Republic and Republic of Tartarstan.

UK: Balfour Beatty Utilities completed works to rehabilitate the Bradford Intermediate Ring Main (BIRM), the region’s largest-ever trunk mains rehabilitation scheme. The 126-km BIRM circles the city of Bradford following the outer Ring Road and other key routes in the city, with its source from Chellow Heights Water Treatment Works, supplying some 133,000 domestic properties. The pipes, some of which are Victorian in origin, are up to 40-mm-thick, and accumulated with iron, aluminum, and manganese after years of use. High levels of sticky black manganese coatings were also present on the inside of the pipes, which after disturbance had generated a high number of reportable discoloration incidents and complaints.

During construction, which commenced in 2002, the team designed and implemented several innovations and new ways of working including the development and use of the largest lining rig in Europe, which was able to line up to 200m of pipe at one time, significantly reducing the number of excavations needed and consequent disruption to traffic.

Works on the BIRM were completed in August 2006. The team won a number of awards throughout the four-year construction period, including Yorkshire Water’s Water Business Unit “Gold Award for Innovation,” and the Pipeline Industries Guild 2004 Innovation award.