WaterBriefs: Russian Federation approves FCI flowmeters, switches for hazardous use

Also in this report: Siemens filter unit goes to Belgian chemical maker; Foster Wheeler wins Dutch boiler deal; DuPont chooses ChemPoint to distribute cleaner, descalant; Water Master taps GE consumer finance; Hansen grabs Aussie asset management solution; Novazone names CEO; RJN Group wins St. Louis sewer district extension; Verano buys e-DMZ Security; Vactor makes 10,000th unit; Army-Navy provides potable water to Indians; Actuate software aids Cincinnati sewer district; Baker CEO to leave...

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-- DuPont chooses ChemPoint.com as national distributor for cleaner, descalant
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-- Pittcon announces 2007 award symposia
-- ThermoEnergy appoints ARC Associates to take lead in London financing
-- Hansen acquires leading advanced asset management solution from Australia
-- Novazone names David Cope president, CEO
-- Spheric Technologies names Cherian applied research director
-- RJN Group wins amendment to major contract by St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District
-- Verano acquires e-DMZ Managed Security Service
-- Vactor Manufacturing produces 10,000th unit
-- Grundfos' releases first Sustainability Report
-- Army-Navy provides potable water to drought stricken Makah Indian Reservation
-- Actuate software enhances performance for Cincinnati sewer district
-- Baker president and CEO Fusilli to leave company
-- GenTek Inc. to acquire assets of GAC MidAmerica Inc.
-- URS awarded contract to provide water management in West

Russian Federation approves FCI flowmeters, switches for hazardous use

SAN MARCOS, CA, Sept. 13, 2006 -- Fluid Components International (FCI) has received full certification from the Russian Federation to import its rugged, precision mass flow meters and mass flow/level/temperature switches into the Russian Federation.

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, wastewater and many others.

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.

The process of obtaining the Russian approvals was initiated and supported by FCI's manufacturers' distributor, Promtex ZAO, operating from Moscow and responsible for FCI sales and service in this region. The firm maintains a well-trained staff, which offers technical expertise in flow measurement and switching instruments.

Flow meters from FCI are available with either thermal dispersion or Coriolis mass flow sensors. FCI's advanced flow meters combine precision flow measurement accuracy with a rugged design that is compatible with caustic, corrosive, humid and high temperature environments. They are highly reliable, easy to install, require virtually no maintenance and are designed for long-life.

FCI flow switches feature an advanced no-moving parts thermal dispersion flow sensor that makes them ideal for a wide range of point-level applications. Their versatile

design also allows them to measure flow or level or temperature. The company's NuTec® flow switch is designed with a unique non-contacting flow element that completely separates the sensor from the process media, which makes it ideal in sanitary flow processes common to the food/beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

FCI calibrates its own flow instruments and operates one of the industry's leading flow calibration laboratories. All laboratory equipment is National Institute of Standards (NIST) traceable, as well as certified to ISO 9001:2000 and AS9000 compliant. The laboratory also meets MIL-STD-45662A and ANSI/NCSL-Z-540 requirements.

For more than 40 years, FCI has been a pioneer in the development of thermal dispersion sensors and more recently Coriolis sensors for direct mass flow measurement in a variety of media. The company's advanced technologies include mechanical design, advanced materials, metallurgy, electronics, communications and more.

Based in San Marcos, CA, Fluid Components International (www.fluidcomponents.com) is a global company committed to meeting the needs of its customers through innovative solutions to the most challenging requirements for sensing, measuring and controlling flow and level of air, gases and liquids.

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Among other recent headlines:

Siemens Water supplies water filter system for Belgian chemical maker -- WARRENDALE, PA, Sept. 13, 2006 -- The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Group has received an order from the company Kaneka Belgium N.V., a subsidiary of the Japanese Kaneka Corp., to treat water from a canal with the help of membrane filters. The water is then to be used for the company's production process. Siemens Belgium will deliver and start up the equipment by December 2006. Kaneka Belgium, a chemical company located in Oevel, Belgium, manufactures impact modifiers for PVC as well as polyolefin foams, elastic sealant base polymer and elastic adhesive base polymer. KB is actually using well water to produce process and demineralized water, which generates a considerable amount of wastewater. So instead of pumping more well water and increasing the capacity of the treatment system, Kaneka Belgium decided for a microfiltration annex reverse osmoses system on canal water...
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Foster Wheeler wins CFB boiler contract in The Netherlands -- HAMILTON, Bermuda, Sep. 13, 2006 -- Foster Wheeler Ltd. announced today that its German and Dutch subsidiaries, Foster Wheeler Energie GmbH and Foster Wheeler Europe B.V., which are both part of its Global Power Group, have been awarded a turnkey contract to design, supply and erect a circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boiler island for NV Huisvuilcentrale Noord-Holland's new biomass power station to be built at its existing waste incineration plant in the town of Alkmaar in The Netherlands. The contract, valued at approximately $29.5 million (EUR 23 million), will be included in the company's third-quarter bookings. The contract includes the design and supply of the 71 megawatt thermal CFB boiler, auxiliary equipment, feedwater system, instrumentation and control system, boiler house steel construction, plus erection and commissioning services...

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Pittcon announces 2007 award symposia -- PITTSBURGH, PA, Sept. 13, 2006 -- The Pittsburgh Conference (Pittconn) announced today the recipients of 12 prestigious annual awards that recognize the significant contributions of leaders in the fields of analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. The awards will be presented at Pittcon, Feb. 25-March 2, 2007, at Chicago's McCormick Place. Each award is presented during a symposium honoring the recipient and his/her achievements. The awardees represent diverse scientific disciplines including separations science, bioanalytical science, vibrational spectroscopy, chromatography, electrochemistry, microfluidics, and sensors...

ThermoEnergy appoints ARC Associates to take lead in London financing -- LITTLE ROCK, AR, Sept. 13, 2006 -- ThermoEnergy Corp. today entered into an engagement letter with ARC Associates, a London, UK-based investment banking firm. The agreement anticipates that ARC will assist ThermoEnergy in raising funds in the UK and Europe over the next 24 months to enable ThermoEnergy to build additional ammonia recovery projects (ARP) for municipal and commercial wastewater clients, and for the possible strategic acquisition of another company. Management expects the financing arrangements to assume a variety of forms, including debt, equity and/or convertible debt instruments...

Hansen acquires leading advanced asset management solution from Australia -- Announces Peter Pagonis as new director of Asset Business Unit -- RANCHO CORDOVA, CA, Sept. 13, 2006 -- Hansen Information Technologies, a leading provider of software applications for the public sector market, today announced the acquisition of Australia's leading advanced asset management product -- a product designed in accordance with the 2006 Edition of the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM). The new module will expand Hansen's leading enterprise asset management suite to provide real-time infrastructure decision support, predictive modeling, and optimized renewal analysis for long-range capital planning of public sector assets. Along with this significant product acquisition, Hansen also announced the promotion of Peter Pagonis as director of Hansen's Asset Business Unit. Prior to his new position, Peter was Operations Manager for Hansen International Australasia, Pty Ltd, where he was responsible for over 40 asset management projects, including Melbourne Water Corp., Yarra Valley Water, cities of Adelaide, Geelong, Westrail, and Perth...

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Grundfos' releases first Sustainability Report -- BJERRINGBRO, Denmark, Sept. 12, 2006 -- There is action behind the words, when Grundfos talks of sustainable development. Group President Jens Jørgen Madsen explains that the aim of the report is to provide a broad insight into Group activites regarding social and ethical responsibility and its efforts to improve the environment in general...

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Baker president and CEO Fusilli to leave company -- Board Chairman Shaw named interim CEO -- PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2006 -- Michael Baker Corp. announced that Donald P. Fusilli, Jr., president and chief executive officer, is leaving the company effective today. He'll continue to support the company, as required, in a consulting role for the energy segment. At the request of the board of directors, Richard L. Shaw, current chairman, will assume the additional position of CEO on an interim basis. A committee of external board members has been appointed to conduct an internal and external search for a permanent successor to Fusilli...
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GenTek Inc. to acquire assets of GAC MidAmerica Inc. -- PARSIPPANY, NJ, Sept. 12, 2006--GenTek Inc. announced Sept. 8 that it has executed a purchase agreement to acquire the assets of GAC MidAmerica, Inc., a producer of aluminum sulfate and bleach. The company, which also distributes specialty water treatment chemicals, sulfuric acid and caustic soda, has three manufacturing facilities located in Toledo, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and Saukville, WI. Aluminum sulfate is used for treating water and wastewater. The purchase price of the transaction is $7.8 million, before any working capital adjustment. This transaction will be funded from GenTek operating cash and is expected to close by the end of the September...
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URS awarded contract to provide water management in Far West -- SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 12, 2006 -- URS Corp. announced Aug. 28 it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to provide water management for the Bureau's Mid-Pacific Region, which includes Northern and Central California, Central Nevada, and a small part of Southern Oregon. The contract covers a wide scope of services, such as support for water resources projects associated with the California Bay-Delta and flood control for California's Central Valley. Service areas include: NEPA/CEQA compliance, water availability studies, water quality, natural resources planning, economic studies, water rights support, endangered species and cultural resources assessments, and Native American affairs. Engineering support services may be provided for water storage, treatment systems, or hydroelectric power facilities...
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