WaterBriefs: GE, AES partner to lead U.S. market in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions

Also in this report: Arcadis to discuss New Orleans flood protection at Aquaterra; Severn Trent Management Services opens Fort Myers office; Microza system picked for Minneapolis membrane plant; CDT Systems to restart carbon aerogel production; Emerson's PlantWeb University offers 19 more online courses; Pennichuck, Nashua postpone eminent domain hearing; AmWater to assist Winslow Township water pipeline; TTCM China reports $12.9M pipe order...

In other news below:
-- Arcadis to discuss recent New Orleans flood protection contract at Aquaterra
-- New Severn Trent Management Services office opens in Fort Myers
-- Mergers, acquisitions to drive U.S., Canadian packaged water treatment markets
-- Asahi Kasei's Microza hollow-fiber system picked for Minneapolis membrane plant
-- CDT Systems Inc. to restart carbon aerogel production
-- Emerson's PlantWeb University broadens online offering with 19 wireless courses
-- Pennichuck, Nashua agree to postpone eminent domain proceedings
-- American Water to assist Winslow Township with water supply pipeline
-- David Baker appointed president of Indiana American Water
-- TTCM China reports additional pipe order worth $12.9 million from GuangXi Province
-- Baker awarded E9-1-1 mapping, GIS contract for Beaver County, Pa.

GE, AES plan partnership to lead U.S. market in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions -- ARLINGTON, VA, & STAMFORD, CT, Jan. 17, 2007 -- AES Corp. and General Electric have joined to develop U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction projects. The carbon reduction partnership would seek to create an annual production volume of 10 million metric tons of greenhouse gas offsets by 2010, primarily through reduction of emissions of methane -- which has a warming potential 21 times over CO2. Projects to capture and destroy methane emissions would include agricultural waste, landfills, coal mines and wastewater treatment...
Also see:
-- "GE, DuPont, Alcoa & more join alliance to form U.S. Climate Action Partnership"
-- "GE Fanuc Automation, Kettering University to work together on education, research in discrete manufacturing control systems"

Arcadis to discuss recent $150 million New Orleans flood protection contract at Aquaterra -- International forum on the development of delta and coastal areas -- AMSTERDAM, Jan. 17, 2007 -- Arcadis has chosen Aquaterra to present its recently acquired $150 million project for New Orleans. The company will supply design services, multi-disciplinary advice and construction management for the protection of the New Orleans area against flooding. Aquaterra is an international forum on the development of delta and coastal areas. It will take place from Feb. 7-9 in the Amsterdam RAI. Arcadis, a leading international consulting and engineering company was recently awarded the contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It and partner in the contract, Bioengineering Group, will help prevent flooding by means of general design support services, multidisciplinary consultancy services and construction management services, primarily within the limits of the New Orleans District. The ARCADIS-Bioengineering joint venture will work together with other American companies as HNTB and Tetra Tech. Dutch specialists WL Delft Hydraulics and Alkyon will be contracted for their hydraulic expertise. Piet Dircke, Arcadis Netherlands' water program manager, will provide information on the new project during a seminar at Aquaterra on Feb. 9..
Also see: "Arcadis, Bioengineering Group win $150 million contract for New Orleans flood protection"

New Severn Trent Management Services office opens in Fort Myers -- FORT WASHINGTON, PA, Jan. 17, 2007 -- Severn Trent Services has announced the opening of a new office in Fort Myers, FL. The office will provide management services for community development districts and homeowners associations throughout southwest Florida. Calvin Teague, district manager, will oversee the daily operations of the office. Teague has over 25 years experience in addressing complex urban issues including water and wastewater needs. During his career as a city manager, he has been responsible for developing legislative policy, conflict resolution and negotiating environmental compliance. In addition, he has developed and managed budgets as well as identified economic development funding solutions. Teague used his city manager experience with economic development for residential and commercial properties while serving as an independent consultant supporting the cities of Marshfield, WI, and Farmington and Monroe, MI. In his most recent position, he served as Midwest senior area manager for Severn Trent's Operating Services group, based in South Bend, IN. In this role over the last five years, he was responsible for overseeing over 40 public works water and wastewater project sites in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and Illinois...

Mergers, acquisitions to drive U.S., Canadian packaged water treatment markets -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 17, 2007 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of "U.S. and Canada Packaged Wastewater Treatment Markets" to their offering. This Frost & Sullivan research service provides revenue forecasts, industry trends, and competitive analysis for the packaged wastewater treatment market. In this research service, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: U.S. and Canada biological wastewater treatment market as well as U.S. and Canada membrane bioreactors (MBR) packaged wastewater treatment market. Sub-technologies under consideration for this research service include sequencing batch reactor (SBR), submerged aerated filters (SAF), activated sludge systems, rotating biological contactor (RBC), and moving bed biological reactors...
Also see:
-- "Need for water, environmental conservation emphasized by European legislation likely to aid growth of water treatment chemicals market"
"Future growth potential emerges for Asia-Pacific residential water treatment equipment market"

Asahi Kasei's 'Microza' selected for largest-scale waterworks in the United States -- TOKYO, Japan, Jan 17, 2007 -- Asahi Kasei is pleased to announce that its Microza™ hollow-fiber membrane filtration system has been selected for a new waterworks facility to serve the metropolitan area of Minneapolis, MN, with full-capacity operation scheduled to begin in January 2011. Located in Fridley, the plant will have a water treatment capacity of 360,000 m3/day. This will make it one of the largest drinking water plants in the United States, and among the largest plants anywhere to utilize a pressurized membrane filtration system for water purification. Selection was concluded after extensive testing and evaluation by the Minneapolis Water Works, confirming the outstanding performance of the Microza system...

CDT Systems Inc. to restart carbon aerogel production -- Budgets for product sales revenue from second quarter 2007 -- ADDISON, TX, Jan. 17, 2007 -- CDT Systems Inc. has announced that it's preparing to restart production of its cornerstone materials science product, carbon aerogel, within the next four weeks. Carbon aerogel is the key component in the company's developing water treatment technology, and has other applications, including the separation by electrolysis of hydrogen and oxygen from water. CDT plans to recommence shipments of carbon aerogel to its joint venture partner, Air Water, in Japan for further pilot applications. Commenting on its business plan for 2007, CEO John Davies said CDT expects to receive revenue from sales or leasing of early prototypes of the Gen2 water treatment cell to selected customers and partners for field trials...

Emerson introduces industry's first free online training on wireless technologies for process manufacturing applications -- Emerson's PlantWeb® University broadens its Internet Engineering School with 19 new courses about using wireless technology in process automation -- AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 17, 2006 -- Emerson Process Management, a leading provider of wireless solutions to the process manufacturing industries, is offering 19 new online training courses on various aspects of wireless for process automation. Designed for anyone who uses automation to improve plant performance, the new courses are available free through PlantWebUniversity.com, Emerson's educational website. Five more courses will be available soon, and all 24 courses will later be translated into Spanish and Chinese. The courses are practical, concise, and free of marketing hype. Each be completed in about 15 minutes and is available at no charge to anyone with an Internet connection anywhere in the world. Subject matter includes: what is wireless, wireless standards, wireless myths, self-organizing networks, and wireless applications...
Also see: "Emerson Process Management names Peter Zornio chief strategic officer"

Pennichuck, Nashua agree to postpone eminent domain proceedings -- Parties intend to conduct settlement discussions -- MERRIMACK, NH, Jan. 16, 2007 -- Pennichuck Corp. and the city of Nashua, NH, today announced that they have entered into an agreement to request at least a 120-day postponement of the eminent domain proceedings, including the currently ongoing hearings, now pending before the Public Utilities Commission of the State of New Hampshire (PUC). In those proceedings, Nashua is seeking PUC approval to acquire by eminent domain all or a significant portion of the assets of Pennichuck Water Works, Inc., Pennichuck's principal subsidiary. Pennichuck Water provides potable water for domestic, industrial, commercial and fire protection service to customers in Nashua and other southern New Hampshire communities. The postponement request is subject to PUC approval...
Also see:
-- "Pennichuck eminent domain hearings postponed" (Boston Globe)
-- "NHPUC petitions regarding motions to dismiss witnesses, severance damages in proposed Nashua takeover of Pennichuck"

American Water to assist Winslow Township with water supply pipeline -- New Jersey American Water begins extension of regional pipeline -- CHERRY HILL, NJ, Jan. 16, 2007 -- New Jersey American Water, will begin work this week on a 10-mile extension of its existing regional pipeline to serve the growing water supply needs of Winslow Township in lower Camden County. The contract to provide Winslow with 1.5 million gallons of water a day was approved unanimously by the town council in June 2006. Installation of the new pipeline and two pressure boosting stations are necessary to meet the water supply needs of Winslow Township while improving water pressure for current customers. The new transmission main will extend from Springdale Road in Cherry Hill through Voorhees Township, Berlin Township, and Waterford Township before reaching Winslow Township. This pipeline will be fed with potable water from New Jersey American Water's Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant in Delran, NJ...
Also see: "David Baker appointed president of Indiana American Water: Veteran water services executive named to newly created post"

TTCM China reports additional pipe order worth $12.9 million from GuangXi Province -- MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Jan. 16, 2007 -- TTCM China Inc., a leading producer and supplier of glass-reinforced plastic pipes, today announced that they have signed a contract worth $12.9 million from GuiDongNan Project in GuangXi Province in Southern China. Manufacturing equipment has been shipped for local manufacturing from Tianjin and manufacturing site lease agreement is in progress. The contract is a part of the company's southern strategy to penetrate the market place in the fastest growing southern regions including GuangXi, Fujian, Guang-Dong and ZheJiang Provinces...

Baker awarded E9-1-1 mapping, GIS contract for Beaver County, Pa. -- PITTSBURGH, Jan. 15, 2007 -- Michael Baker Jr., Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., announced today it has been awarded a contract by Beaver County, Pennsylvania, to provide E9-1-1 plan and parcel mapping and geographic information system development services. Under the 12 to 18 month, $1.5 million contract, Baker will develop E9-1-1 plan and parcel mapping layers, including accurate street centerline data to meet Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA) standards for Phase I and II wireless deployment. Additionally, Baker will be integrating similar data with varying accuracies from multiple counties, to develop a seamless, countywide database. Ultimately, the system will enhance the County's existing Emergency Management Center by providing a means to locate 9-1-1 callers via this mapping system, and promote the exchange of data between County offices that will build a platform for future growth and application development...

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