WorldBriefs: Amitech to supply FRP pipes for Brazil hydroelectric plant

Also in this report: New managing director at Tapflo; Siemens provides membrane technology for SkyHydrant water filtration systems; LEF leads £13.8M investment round into Hydrodec Group; Vacancy in Secretariat of Protocol on Water and Health; Construction industry honours Geberit; Abu Dhabi plan to cut water consumption; CIWEM calls for tougher int'l laws to protect environment in times of conflict; Expo to feature water, sustainability themes; Pick Everard recognised for charity...

Nov 9th, 2007

In other news below:
-- New managing director at Tapflo
-- Siemens provides membrane technology for SkyHydrant water filtration systems
-- LEF leads £13.8M investment round into Hydrodec Group
-- Vacancy in Secretariat of Protocol on Water and Health
-- Construction industry honours Geberit
-- Abu Dhabi plan to cut water consumption
-- CIWEM calls for tougher int'l laws to protect environment in times of conflict
-- Expo to feature water, sustainability themes
-- Pick Everard recognised for charity support
-- HELCOM to hold ministerial meeting
-- Waste Watch Education Network launches with December conference
-- WaterAid bestows award for outstanding voluntary contribution
-- Report examines transboundary waterbodies in UNECE region
-- Wastewater handbook published
-- Technical water expert for Grontmij
-- Environment Agency calls for action
-- Latest WWC newsletter posted
-- Construction begins on new Fortress Interlocks headquarters
-- Pipeline technology at Hannover Messe 2008 to feature exploration, distribution and LNG
-- Norwegians may invest in 100 mgd desalination plant
-- Registration open for BlueCielo user conference

Amitech to supply FRP pipes for small hydroelectric plant in Brazil
SAO PAULO -- Amitech has entered into an agreement with a small hydroelectric plant for the manufacture of fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) pipes. It will supply 950 meters to the Nhandu plant, which is under construction in the city of Guarantã do Norte, in the state of Mato Grosso, by Geraoeste Usinas Elétricas do Oeste.

Among other recent headlines:

New managing director at Tapflo
KUNGALV, Sweden -- Håkan Ekstrand is the new managing director for Tapflo AB, a company that develops and manufactures various kinds of pumps for industrial applications. Börje Johansson, who founded the company in 1985, will be staying on as chairman. Ekstrand takes over as managing director from his position as export manager...

Siemens provides membrane technology for SkyHydrant water filtration systems
SYDNEY, Australia -- Siemens Water Technologies is working with the SkyJuice Foundation of Sydney, Australia, to provide a reliable source of clean drinking water to communities without a safe water supply. Siemens supplies low-pressure membrane technology for the SkyJuice Foundation's SkyHydrant water filtration unit. So far, over 300 systems have been installed worldwide, including a recent installation in the rural village of Obambo-Kadenge in Kenya, Africa...

LEF leads £13.8M investment round into Hydrodec Group plc
Ludgate Environmental Fund Limited (LEF), a closed-ended investment company listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, has announced it has made an investment of £3M in Hydrodec Group plc as part of an overall funding of £13.8M completed through the placing of fixed rate unsecured convertible loan notes in the company...

Vacancy in Secretariat of Protocol on Water and Health
The UNECE secretariat of the Protocol on Water and Health is looking to fill a vacancy. For a complete job description, please click here. Deadline for candidatures: 5 December 2007.

Construction industry honours Geberit
LONDON -- Geberit, a leading supplier of sanitary, supply and HDPE drainage systems, was presented The Green Supplier of the Year award at the prestigious Construction News Green Awards 2007 at the Hurlington Club, London, for demonstrating its commitment to affecting positive change to the environment...

Abu Dhabi plan to cut water consumption
ABU DHABI, UAE -- According to a report in the Khaleej Times, The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has announced a plan to drastically reduce the water consumption in the emirate. According to EAD Secretary-General Majid Al Mansouri, the water consumption in Abu Dhabi is currently as high as 500 litres per person per day, which makes Abu Dhabi one of the top five water consumers in the entire world...

CIWEM calls for tougher int'l laws to protect environment in times of conflict
LONDON -- Environmental damage to air, water and land can be caused by the unregulated exploitation of natural resources, landmines and unexploded munitions, movement of heavy artillery and troops, chemical and oil spills, fires, and displaced people. Detrimental environmental consequences can also occur through deliberate acts of sabotage, such as the torching of oilfields, pollution of water supplies and the widespread use of defoliants...

Expo to feature water, sustainability themes
On 14 June next year, EXPO Zaragoza 2008 will open. It will include a pavilion for and by NGOs and Civil Society, the Pavilion of Citizen Initiatives, where there is a place for organisations working on water and sustainability, the theme of this international EXPO. For more information or to participate, visit: http://elfaro2008.org/boletin/circular01.html. Final deadline for registration: 30th November 2007.

Pick Everard recognised for charity support
SOLIHUL, UK -- Pick Everard's support for the charity WaterAid was recognised with a Severn Trent Water award at a ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum on October 6th...

HELCOM to hold ministerial meeting
HELSINKI -- The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM) will hold the Meeting of the Ministers of the Environment and Senior Government Officials of its Member States and the European Community on 15 November 2007 in Krakow, Poland. The Meeting will discuss the current state of the Baltic marine environment and adopt the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan to drastically reduce pollution to the Baltic Sea and restore its good ecological status by 2021...

Waste Watch Education Network launches with December conference
LONDON -- Waste Watch is launching the new Waste Watch Education Network, the only one of its kind in the UK. The Waste Watch Education Network allows members to exchange information with peers, keep in touch with what is happening in the sector, find out about best practice in waste education, and access a library of templates, activities and resources to make their work easier. All members are invited to attend the National Waste Educators Conference on 4 December 2007. The conference focuses on how waste and purchasing link to school sustainability.

WaterAid bestows award for outstanding voluntary contribution
MIDLANDS, UK -- At WaterAid's Annual Supporters meeting George Johnston, Business Development Manager for Enpure Ltd, was recently awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution. This Award represents the highest level of commendation WaterAid can offer its supporters.

Report examines transboundary waterbodies in UNECE region
FINLAND -- The first Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters has been carried out under the auspices of the Water Convention, under the overall leadership of Finland. It has been a joint undertaking of Governments and international and national organizations: more than 150 experts took part...

Wastewater handbook published
DUBLIN -- The Biological Wastewater Treatment Handbook from Research and Markets is a concise introduction to the fundamentals of biological treatment of wastewater. It describes how to model and integrate biological steps into industrial processes...

Technical water expert for Grontmij
LEEDS, UK -- Grontmij, Europe's fifth largest engineering consultancy, has appointed Chris Wotherspoon as technical director in the company's water environment business. Wotherspoon will be based at the company's Leeds head office and focus on strengthening Grontmij's water resources, integrated river basin management, developer services and rivers and coastal expertise. He will also be responsible for capitalising on links with the Grontmij business in the Netherlands and throughout Europe.

Environment Agency calls for action
5 - 6 November 2007, Environment Agency conference: Environmental futures 2007, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
LONDON -- Get moving with climate change adaptation or suffer the consequences, this is the message from Environment Agency Chief Executive, Barbara Young, as the Environment Agency hosts the year's leading climate change conference...

Latest WWC newsletter posted
The latest issue of the World Water Council's News Update, issue No.29, is now available at: http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/index.php?id=760. The WWC Headquarters publishes the newsletter featuring reports of activity, meeting announcements and various members information. Current and past issues are available on the website.

Construction begins on new Fortress Interlocks headquarters
WOLVERHAMPTON, UK -- Midlands construction group Weaver PLC has started work on a new £3 million state of the art headquarters for market-leading safety interlocking specialists, Fortress Interlocks of Wolverhampton. Due for completion in March 2008 the 2,800 sq m project at Monmore Grange Estate includes a contemporary two-storey office building plus a steel-frame production and warehouse facility designed to enhance work practices and provide an improved working environment for the 56 people currently employed.

Pipeline technology at Hannover Messe 2008 to feature exploration, distribution and LNG
HANNOVER, Germany -- The demand for pipelines among raw material suppliers, energy companies and municipal authorities is growing all the time. Two years ago, Pipeline Technology joined the lineup of flagship fairs at Hannover Messe, thus rounding off the show's already extensive coverage of energy-related technology. Next year, the range of display categories will be extended further still. The lineup in 2008 will include the new topics Exploration, Distribution and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)...

Norwegians may invest in 100 mgd desalination plant
KARACHI -- According to a news report in Pakistani newspaper The Daily Times, Norwegian water-treatment company Aqua CDW has expressed interest in setting up a 100-million-gallons-a-day desalination plant in Karachi with an estimated investment of US$500 million. The plant is expected to bring the latest water-treatment technology to Karachi and have an extended capacity of 200 mgd. The plant will be installed on a 100-acre piece of land on Karachi's coast...

Registration open for BlueCielo user conference
ECM Frontiers 2008, InterContinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France, February 10-12, 2008
RIJSWIJK, The Netherlands -- BlueCielo ECM Solutions (formerly Cyco Software), a leading global software company offering Engineering Content Management (ECM) solutions, will hold its second European user conference -- BlueCielo ECM Frontiers 2008 Europe -- at the InterContinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France on February 10-12, 2008. Full conference details and registration at special early-bird prices are now available at http://www.bluecieloecm.com/frontiers2008...

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