WaterBriefs: Veolia wins water treatment plant contracts in China worth US$424.7M

Also in this report: Asahi Kasei Chemicals wins Chinese orders for MBR plants; ConAgra to pay fines; Alcoa unveils 2005 EHS Achievement Awards; Cytec sells Surface Specialties unit; Europe's water sector to see real growth; UK welcomes water efficiency initiative; Aqua Society to build German facility; IET Inc. makes oil market sale; McElroy joins ENSR ; GreenShift gains license; EKO-System lauded at White House conference; Study talks up fortunes of Chinese industrial pump makers...

In other news below, see:
-- Asahi Kasei Chemicals wins orders for MBR wasterwater treatment plants in China
-- ConAgra to pay for Clean Water Act violations
-- Alcoa announces recipients of 2005 EHS Achievement Awards
-- Cytec completes sale of Surface Specialties amino resin business
-- Europe's water sector has potential for real growth - Report
-- UK: Government welcomes water efficiency initiative
-- Aqua Society Inc. to construct amino acid, peptide processing facility
-- Integrated Environmental Technologies continues oil market penetration with sale
-- McElroy joins ENSR International as senior water resources program manager
-- GreenShift executes exclusive license for 'Tornado Generator'
-- Nisqually River Council lauds EKO-System at White House conservation conference
-- Economic conditions pump up fortunes of Chinese industrial pump manufacturers
-- Website posts paper on factors driving Chinese renewable energy, water industries growth

Veolia wins water treatment plant contracts in China worth US$424.7M
PARIS, Sept. 1, 2005 -- Veolia Environnement said its Veolia Water unit has signed two contracts in China valued at a combined EUR 340 million [US$424.7 million]. One contract, worth EUR 280 million [US$349.7 million], is to modernize and operate for 23 years a wastewater treatment plant in Urumqi in conjunction with Beijing Capital Group. The other, worth EUR 60 million [US$74.9 million], is to build and operate for 25 years a new wastewater treatment plant at Handan...
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Asahi Kasei Chemicals wins orders for MBR wasterwater treatment plants in China
Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 1, 2005 -- The company will set up the membrane bioreactor-based treatment plants for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) and a joint venture operated by China National Offshore Oil (CNOOC) and the Shell Group. The plant for SINOPEC will have a processing capacity of 10,800 tons per day while the plant for CNOOC/Shell will be able to process 25,000 tons of wastewater per day. Both plants will go operational spring 2006...
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ConAgra to pay for Clean Water Act violations
GRAND FORKS, MI, Sept. 1, 2005 -- ConAgra Foods is expected to plead guilty this week to violating the federal Clean Water Act for not reporting warm water discharges from its Hastings, Minn., flour mill near the Vermillion River, a trophy trout stream. The Department of Justice this month accused the Omaha, Neb.,-based food producer of failing to report and maintain records about the temperature of water it discharged into the Vermillion, a tributary of the Mississippi River. Under a plea agreement reached earlier this month, ConAgra will pay a $138,513 fine and will donate an additional $110,000 to the National Park Foundation and the Friends of the Mississippi River...
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Alcoa announces recipients of 2005 EHS Achievement Awards
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1, 2005 -- Alcoa announced the 13 recipients of its 2005 Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Achievement Awards. These awards recognize outstanding effort in the environmental, health, and safety performance of Alcoa businesses worldwide. They also help accelerate the pursuit of sustainability by encouraging the transfer of knowledge between Alcoa locations and between Alcoa and key communities, customers, and stakeholders...
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Cytec completes sale of Surface Specialties amino resin business
WEST PATERSON, NJ, Sept. 1, 2005 -- Cytec Industries Inc. has completed the previously announced sale of its Surface Specialties Amino Resins Business (SSAR) to affiliates of INEOS Group Limited for cash consideration of EUR 64 million ($78 million @ $1.22/EUR) subject to certain customary closing adjustments. This completes Cytec's commitments under orders from the FTC and EC to divest SSAR following Cytec's acquisition of the Surface Specialties business earlier this year...
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Europe's water sector has potential for real growth - Report
DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 1, 2005 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of Water Market Europe: Opportunities in EU Accession, the Framework Directive & the CIS to its offering. Europe's water sector has stronger fundamentals than any other regional water market. The combination of high tariffs, increased regulatory standards and generous EU funding gives it a solid foundation for growth over the next decade...
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UK: Government welcomes water efficiency initiative
LONDON, Sept. 1, 2005 -- The British Environment Minister Elliot Morley added his voice today to those welcoming an industry-led initiative to promote improved water efficiency. Waterwise -- a new body funded jointly by water companies but acting independently of them -- has set itself the target of reversing the trend in rising demand, and reducing stress on the water supply-demand balance, within five years...
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Aqua Society Inc. to construct amino acid, peptide processing facility
HERTEN, Germany, Aug. 31, 2005 -- Aqua Society Inc. has received a EUR 2.1 million [US$2.62 million] order from Animox GmbH to construct a facility that processes waste meat and bone meal products to produce amino acids and peptides. This facility will incorporate membrane filtration and vacuum technologies with which our employees and consultants have considerable experience. The order calls for the facility to be constructed over a period of nine months, with payment to be provided by Animox upon the completion of certain conditions.
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Integrated Environmental Technologies continues oil market penetration with sale
LITTLE RIVER, SC, Aug. 31, 2005 -- Integrated Environmental Technologies Ltd. announced the sale of an EcaFlo™ Model 40 to Yates Petroleum, the largest petroleum industry producer in the state of New Mexico. The sale of this 4-FEM, smaller volume, anolyte producer to another petroleum production company is part of IEVM's plan for moving further into the petroleum industry with EcaFlo equipment that meets customer needs for treatment of source water, produced water and "frac" fluids...
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McElroy joins ENSR International as senior water resources program manager
LANGHORNE, PA, & WESTFORD, MA, Aug. 31, 2005 -- Bill McElroy, PE, has joined ENSR International as a senior water resources manager and will be based in ENSR's Langhorne, Pa., office near Philadelphia. A professional engineer in Pennsylvania with 31 years of environmental and engineering experience, he has worked closely with the electric and gas utility industry. His broad expertise extends to power plant cooling water intakes and Clean Water Act issues, spill prevention planning, regulatory negotiations and related NPDES compliance working with nuclear, fossil fuel and hydroelectric projects...
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GreenShift executes exclusive license for 'Tornado Generator'
MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ, Aug. 31, 2005 -- GreenShift Corp. announced the execution by its wholly-owned subsidiary, GreenShift Industrial Design Corp. (GIDC), of an exclusive license agreement with Vortex Dehydration Technology LLC (VDT), for certain applications of VDT's patented and patent-pending Windhexe technology. The company initially plans to target key waste and other industrial processing facilities for rapid deployment of specific applications of the Tornado Generator bundled with GIDC's other licensed technologies, such as Ovation Products Corp.'s patented water purification technology...
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EKO-System lauded at White House conservation conference
POULSBO, WA, Aug. 31, 2005 -- David Troutt, natural resources director and council chair of the Nisqually River Council cited EKO-System -- a web-based, integrated project management, database, and reporting system designed by Paladin Data Systems specifically for natural resource managers -- as "a key tool to provide public accessibility, transparency and the results of our successes" during his presentation Monday at the invitation-only White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation in St. Louis.
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Economic conditions pump up fortunes of Chinese industrial pump manufacturers
LONDON, Aug. 31, 2005 -- A vibrant economy, strong growth in related industries, a series of upcoming mega events including the Olympics and accession to WTO are set to position the $3.12 billion Chinese industrial pumps market on a path of solid growth, according to the latest Frost & Sullivan report. The recent launch of several large-scale government-backed projects is set to spur demand for pumps. These projects will span sectors as diverse as power generation, petrochemical, environment protection and, the shipping industry...
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Website posts paper on Chinese renewable energy, water industries growth
POINT ROBERTS, WA, Aug. 31, 2005 -- www.China-AsiaStocks.com (CAS) an investor and industry news portal for the China-Asia sector reports on the growth opportunities in China, driving the need for renewable energy and water technologies. As such, it releases its newest report: "The China-Asia Boom - Turning Growing Pains into Worldwide Opportunity"...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: 'This recovery will take years,' Bush says of Katrina's wake" -- Also in this report (Aug. 31, 2005): Intergraph workforce system now live at Tenn. utility; WAGO offers free Ethernet seminar Oct. 10-13; Asia Water wins US$2.3M treatment project; Melbourne sewer upgrade to cost US$225.1M; Mo. developer fined $31K for runoff violations; HydroFlo moving HQ; Baja Calif. pulls in US$9.3M in financing from NADBank; Tillamook PUD chooses Miner & Miner design system; Calif. wastewater agency outreach effort recognized; Indian NGO leader wins top World Water Prize in Stockholm...

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