Contracts for the build, ownership and operation of the facility were awarded to desalination company Aqualyng in November 2009.
The product water will supply the Caofeidian Industrial Zone 220km east of Beijing, and is the first phase of an expected total of up to 300,000m3/day over the coming years.
Aqualyng will operate the plant during the 30-year term of the agreement as part of a joint venture with the Tangshan Caofeidian Infrastructure Construction Investment Co. Ltd. (IIC).
The plant will be built by Chinese water treatment contractor HZWT and is expected to be completed during September 2011. Aqualyng will be supplying its patented proprietary energy recovery device, the Recuperator, to the plant.
Brynjulf Lomsdalen, CEO of Aqualyng Holding AS, said: “This project is a breakthrough for Aqualyng. The Chinese market for desalination, one of the fastest growing in the world, has proven difficult for foreign companies to enter. It’s a source of pride that Aqualyng has been able to develop this project based on a contractual framework that we believe can serve as a model for future projects in China.”