Koch Membrane Systems to provide seawater RO system for Chilean mine project

Aug. 10, 2009
WILMINGTON, MA, Aug. 10, 2009 -- Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (KMS) has been selected to provide a seawater reverse osmosis (RO) system for Minera Esperanza's copper-gold mine, at Michilla Port, Chile...

WILMINGTON, MA, Aug. 10, 2009 -- Koch Membrane Systems Inc. (KMS) a pioneer in membrane technology, filtration systems, system design and process expertise for nearly half a century, has been selected to provide a seawater reverse osmosis (RO) system for Minera Esperanza's copper-gold mine, at Michilla Port, Chile. The overall project, which was awarded to Nicolaides S.A., will provide drinking water to the mining camp. Construction of the system is expected to be completed in the fall of 2009.

"By using a seawater reverse osmosis system, Minera Esperanza can provide a safe and plentiful water supply to its workers," said Sergio Ribeiro, KMS' Commercial Director for South America. "The system has a number of features that make it ideal for this site, including its small footprint, lower power consumption due to an energy recovery device, high productivity and excellent permeate quality."

Koch's MegaMagnum® RO system. The project consists of two MegaMagnum® RO MM2 equipment skids with a total of 20 MegaMagnum seawater elements. The water supplied to the copper-gold mine begins with seawater drawn from the Pacific Ocean. The seawater is pumped for about a mile to a water treatment unit and then through the RO system. The final permeate is disinfected with chlorine, making it acceptable for drinking water. The permeate flow rate is 520,000 gallons per day; maximum feed total dissolved solids (TDS) is 45,000 ppm; and the required chloride concentration is less than 250 ppm in the finished water.

MegaMagnum elements are the standard for large diameter RO projects. Among the many benefits of the KMS design are significantly reduced footprint, project costs, and installation time. Since large diameter RO systems use one-seventh the number of elements compared to standard 8-inch systems, maintenance costs associated with connections and O-rings are reduced. KMS has made loading and unloading of MegaMagnum elements safe and easy with the use of a hand operated winch. Typically, it takes less time to empty one pressure vessel containing MegaMagnum elements than the comparable number of 8-inch pressure vessels.

About Koch Membrane Systems
Koch Membrane Systems Inc. is a global leader in membrane filtration technology and engineering support for close to half a century. KMS offers a wide range of products and engineering services which span industrial applications in food and life sciences, industrial processes and water & wastewater. As a designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art membrane elements as well as complete membrane systems, KMS is specified for some of the most demanding applications. KMS offers comprehensive process engineering design, piloting and field service expertise. With an install base approaching 20,000 systems throughout the world, KMS is setting the standard as a comprehensive solutions provider for membrane technology.

Based in Wilmington, Mass., Koch Membrane Systems is a Koch Chemical Technology Group, LLC company. For more information on Koch Membrane Systems and its full line of membranes and accessory products, visit www.kochmembrane.com, call 1-888-677-5624 or write to [email protected]