Custom-built seawater reverse osmosis plant off coast of Eastern Russia to produce 2.6 mgd of fresh water for drinking, process

Aqua-Chem is installing a custom-built Seawater Reverse Osmosis plant off the coast of Vladivostok, Russia, that will purify over 2.6 million gallons of seawater per day to be used for drinking and process needs...

KNOXVILLE, TN, Dec. 19, 2011 -- Aqua-Chem Inc., a leader in global water solutions, has designed, manufactured, and is in the process of installing a custom-built Seawater Reverse Osmosis plant for Far Eastern Russia, off the coast of Vladivostok. The Seawater Reverse Osmosis system (SWRO) will purify over 2.6 million gallons of seawater per day to be used for drinking and process needs. The Aqua-Chem facility will support the local residents, a University, and a conference facility that will be the site for the 2012 Asia Pacific Economic Conference.

"This is a significant strategic project for us," said Aqua-Chem President and CEO David Gensterblum. "Our reverse osmosis systems are used all over the world and are known for their reliability and durability. Our equipment is designed to be able to withstand severe climate conditions like those in Eastern Russia, and we are confident our SWRO plant will exceed expectations. We are making solid progress in expanding our presence in this part of the world."

Aqua-Chem was contracted to provide a turnkey design build, and this facility consists of four trains operating in parallel to provide 10,000 m³ or 2.64 million gallons of fresh water every day. The first of four trains will be commissioned in the coming weeks with the other three units to follow soon after the new year.

The Aqua-Chem work site is located in northern Sea of Japan, and is known for its extreme weather conditions. "The Russian Central Government recognized our expertise in extreme weather seawater reverse osmosis facilities and contracted their work with us based upon our long history of making potable water for the Canadian government's Arctic research teams and the Antarctic research facilities at McMurdo, Palmer and South Pole stations," said Gensterblum. "Aqua-Chem is the only company to have SWRO systems operating on all seven continents."

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