Doosan Hydro, Toray gain share of Australian’s project

The Luggage Point Alliance – a consortium consisting of the Queensland State Government, CH2M Hill (Australia) Ltd, and Laing O’Rourke (Australia) Ltd – has awarded Doosan Hydro Technology a contract to supply RO skids and membranes to the Luggage Point advanced water treatment plant (AWTP).

The Luggage Point Alliance – a consortium consisting of the Queensland State Government, CH2M Hill (Australia) Ltd, and Laing O’Rourke (Australia) Ltd – has awarded Doosan Hydro Technology a contract to supply RO skids and membranes to the Luggage Point advanced water treatment plant (AWTP). The AWTP will supply 66,000 m3/day of purified recycled water to the Western Corridor Recycled Water (WCRW) project.

The largest recycled water scheme in Australia, the WCRW Project also is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. It involves building a pipeline from six WWTPs in Brisbane and Ipswich to three AWTPs for treatment before transfer to end users. Stage One consists of sourcing wastewater from the Oxley, Goodna, Bundamba and Wacol treatment plants; in Stage Two, the Luggage Point and Gibson Island AWTPs will be linked to the pipeline.

The alliance also chose Toray’s TML20–400 elements for the Luggage Point plant. The existing municipal WWTP there will serve as feedwater for the AWTP, providing a new source of clean water for local industry, power generation and other end–users. Construction has commenced and is on schedule to make water before October 2008.

Earth Tech extends Australia’s Virginia Pipeline, opens China‘s first wastewater PPP in Guangzhou

Earth Tech, which supplies 40% of Australia’s Class A recycled water, began a $4.2 million Virginia Pipeline extension to deliver three billion liters more a year of Class A recycled water to an area in Australia’s Northern Adelaide Plains. Managed by SA Water and funded by the South Australian government and Australian Water Fund under the Water Smart Australia program, the Tyco International unit will design and build a new 20km pipeline network, adding to over 200km of pipeline networks it operates as the largest such supplier.

In other news, Earth Tech celebrated the opening Nov. 13 of the Guangzhou Xi Lang WWTP, China’s first such facility delivered using a public–private partnership. It served as plant designer, construction manager and plant operator – helping also to arrange part of the financing.

Black & Veatch lands two flood prevention contracts in China, completes UK programme

Black & Veatch was appointed as consultant for development of the Kunming Dianchi International Wetland Park Project at Dianchi Lake in China’s Yunnan Province to improve water quality in the lake, the largest drinking water source for Kunming City and its population of more than 3.6 million people.

It also recently signed a consultancy contract with Nanjing Municipality for the Nanjing Qinhuai River Environmental Improvement project funded by the Asian Development Bank to enhance water supplies and provide added protection from flooding for the capital of China’s Jiangsu Province, with an urban population of 4.5 million people.

In other news, the firm:

  • Marked completion of Southern Water’s £80 million Margate and Broadstairs scheme at the new Weatherlees WWTP in Kent. One of Southern Water’s largest AMP4 programmes, the scheme was a joint venture with Costain to enhance coastal water quality off the Isle of Thanet.
  • Named Larry W. Zimmerman as its Program Management/Construction Management (PM/CM) Practice Leader for the company’s global water business

SUEZ on roll with wastewater, desalination projects

Palm Utilities awarded SUEZ Environment, through its subsidiary Degrémont, in a consortium with Besix Group, an $800 million contract to design, build and operate a wastewater treatment and reuse plant for 10 years as part of the Jumeirah Golf Estates real estate development at Dubai, UAE. It also covers installation and operation of a system to collect sewage and distribute treated water spanning nearly 40km. Degrémont’s contract share will reach 54% of the total.

The wastewater treatment plant will be the largest sewage treatment plant in the world using MBR technology, able to process 220,000 m3/d of water for a population of 900,000. The MBR UF membranes will guarantee quality of the treated water, reused for landscaping purposes. Sludge will be treated by a Degrémont digestion technology combined with a boosting system to reduce sludge volume and provide biogas for use in operating the plant. Degrémont will dry the sludge using the Innodry process for a 70% further reduction in volume.

This contract comes on the heels of SUEZ’s Doha West and Lusail DBO contracts in Qatar for wastewater treatment plants and the Barka 2 desalination plant at Oman. Degrémont also just completed construction on 267,000 m3/d wastewater plant in As Samra, Jordan, and a 100,000 m3/d brackish water RO plant in Wadi Ma’In on the Dead Sea.

Degrémont also signed contracts worth close to €55 million for the Cairo wastewater treatment plant, projected to be the largest in Africa. The 300,000 m3/d extension Gabal El Asfar WWTP project comes after renewal of the operating contract by the Construction Authority for Potable Water & Wastewater (CAPW) of the current 1.5 million m3/day WWTP for three more years for €19.5 million.

Field Notes

JAPAN: Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda called on all countries in the Asia Pacific region to make a fundamental change in how they manage water to build a sustainable future. ADB regards better water management as a crucial challenge for the region, where over 600 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2 billion have inadequate, or no sanitation facilities. In other news, Norway will donate US$11.36 million for 2007–2009 to the Water Financing Partnership Facility and Clean Energy Financing Partnership Facility, joining Australia in support of to the multi–donor trust funds.

CHINA/AUSTRALIA: Koch Membrane Systems Inc. provided its PURONTM submerged membrane modules to Belgium’s Waterleau to process municipal and industrial wastewater for two customers in Belgium and one in China. This represents China’s first large–scale municipal deployment of PURON technology to process 12,000 M3/d of wastewater with a large volume of industrial effluent from textile works. Waterleau’s Atlantis® MBR process was chosen over a sequential batch reactor. In other news, KMS commissioned the Bundamba Advanced WTP near Ipswich in Queensland, Australia, a 7.9–mgd water reclamation plant that’s part of the Western Corridor Wastewater Recycle Project.

JAPAN: Three members of Germany’s Lanxess specialty chemicals group won the Japan Association of Ion Exchange (JAIE)’s Technology Award. Dr. Olaf Halle, Kunihiro Ohira and Shigeyoshi Miyahara from the Ion Exchange Resins business unit received the award for their contribution on new Lewatit monodisperse chelate resins. The award was made following a guest lecture at the 20th anniversary of the JAIE at the University of Yamanashi, Japan.

SINGAPORE: On a fast–track schedule of 18 months, CH2M Hill completed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the world’s first full–scale desalination plant to use large–diameter seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) technology for PowerSeraya Ltd, one of the largest integrated energy companies in the Singapore.

AUSTRALIA: New analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that Australian water treatment chemicals revenues will double by 2014, growing from AU$468.1 million in 2006 by a CAGR of 8.1% to AU$872.1 million. Water reuse across municipal and industrial sectors has been the main contributor to the growth. Due to unprecedented droughts in past years, the Australian government has promoted water reuse and desalination, which both increased demand for water treatment chemicals.

INDIA: Insituform Technologies Inc. won two sewer rehabilitation contracts in Delhi, totaling $35.1 million and creating the largest municipal sewer project in the company’s history. The Delhi Jal Board awarded the contracts – to be completed by January 2010 – to Insituform’s India joint venture as part of the city’s 3–year plan to spend about $1 billion to rehabilitate a sewer system serving almost 14 million people.

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