Beijing reuses wastewater courtesy of Siemens

Three months before the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, Siemens Water Technologies started up a wastewater reuse system at the city’s Beixiaohe wastewater treatment plant, with a goal of processing 90% of wastewater and recycling 50%.

Three months before the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, Siemens Water Technologies started up a wastewater reuse system at the city’s Beixiaohe wastewater treatment plant, with a goal of processing 90% of wastewater and recycling 50%.

Siemens Memjet MBR system, which treats wastewater for reuse in the Olympic Village central area, fountains and lakes, more than doubled the plant’s capacity, from 40,000-100,000 m3/day . With 4,864 membranes, the system is one of the largest of its kind in the world but takes up 60% less space than conventional technology.

Meanwhile, Voith Siemens Hydro will supply four reversible 213-mW pump turbines and related spherical valves for the La Muela II pumped storage plant project on the Jucar River for Spanish utility Iberdrola in a contract worth €36 million.

In the USA, it also won projects that include technology for water clarification at Metro Wastewater Reclamation District’s North Secondary Treatment Complex Improvements Project in Denver, Colorado; FGD wastewater treatment at Reliant Energy’s Keystone Power Station in Pennsylvania; and two aluminum induced-draft aerators and CenTROL cluster filters at a new $17.5-million, 12-MGD water treatment plant near Oquawka, Illinois.


ERI picked for China, Mid-East desal plants

Hyflux Ltd. will install 144 of Energy Recovery Inc.’s PX-220 Pressure Exchanger energy recovery device in China’s largest seawater desalination plant to date. To be completed later this year, the Tianjin Dagang Newspring Desalination Plant, considered to be the largest in the country, will produce 100,000 m3/day (26.4 MGD) of water – 10% of the city’s daily water consumption – for domestic and industrial use in the northeast coastal city near Beijing. The ERI devices will save the project an estimated 8.6 mW of energy.

IDE Technologies chose the same devices for the 274,000-m3/day Hadera SWRO Desalination Plant project under construction between Tel Aviv and Haifa in Israel. They’ll save over 34 mW of energy on that project. IDE also recently selected PX technology for expansion of its SWRO desalination plant located in Larnaca, Cyprus, by nearly 20% to 64,000 m3/day but dropping its energy consumption from 3.2 to 3.0 kWh/m3.


Singapore Water Week draws deals

Governments, utilities providers and water companies from Singapore, India, Japan, the Middle East, Europe and USA signed 27 agreements totaling over S$367 million (US$270 million) June 23-26 during the first Singapore International Water Week. The Asian Development Bank also launched a water fund to attract S$435 million (US$320 million) in investments in Asian water projects.

Among some of the agreements:

  • Japan’s Teijin Ltd. signed an MOU with Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, for joint research and development (R&D) in the area of water recycling, particularly improvements to ozone disinfection treatment processes and test-bedding of an advanced oxidation technology at PUB’s facilities.
  • PUB signed two MOUs with two major government agencies from Bahrain at the Middle East Business Forum. The first with Bahrain’s Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) will cover areas of enhancing water distribution efficiency and water conservation. Under the second with Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, PUB will offer consultation for management and operation efficiency of sanitary services and engineering.
  • PUB signed an MOU with Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran – the Maharashtra Water Supply & Sanitation Board – to collaborate on projects that minimise water wastage and improve infrastructure in Indian cities and towns. Maharashtra is India’s second most populous state, with major cities such as Mumbai.

Other deals included a Singapore-based Ayser-Technische Corp.-Acuatico JV in Indonesia (US$200 million); new US$18 million Marmon Water factory in Singapore; US$2.9 million Singapore grant for desalination research at Siemens Water Technologies R&D centre launched there last year; and Hydranautics parent Nitto Denko and CDM Inc. will both set up R&D centres in Singapore also.


Koch MBR technology gains in Australia, California

Adding to installations in Bega Valley and at Joe White Maltings, Koch Membrane Systems Inc. won a major order for an MBR system based on its 1500 m2 PURON™ module from Griffith County in New South Wales, Australia, with projected capacity of 10,000 m3/day.

Also in Australia, KMS was recognized with project manager Thiess/Black & Veatch, for the Bundamba Stage 1A water reclamation project in South East Queensland. The honor was presented by the International Desalination Association and Global Water Intelligence as part of its Water, Finance & Sustainability Conference.

Meanwhile, PURON also was chosen for a 3.4-MGD water recycling facility in Santa Paula, California, to be designed, built and financed by Santa Paula Water LLC, a joint venture of Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. (PERC) and Alinda Capital Partners. Expandable to 4.2 MGD, it’s the first PERC ASP® MBR facility in California and the first and largest U.S. facility to use a PURON membrane system.

In personnel news, Peter Waldron, formerly world sales manager at Bekaert Composites which built the first MegaMagnum pressure vessels, is now business manager for RO/NF products. Carlos Rodrigues is now KMS technical sales manager for South America at Koch Tecnologia Quimica Ltda., in São Paulo, Brazil. And Li Zhang is worldwide process engineering vice president. Previously, he served as Asia-Pacific vice president for ITT Advanced Water Treatment.


Field Notes

SINGAPORE: Black & Veatch won several awards and US$34 million in major new projects in the growing Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong water markets. In Singapore, it will handle engineering services for the 15-MGD Jurong MBR plant, Singapore’s largest MBR facility. SembCorp Utilities also chose it for design services on the 228-MLD Changi NEWater Plant, the fifth and largest of these plants. Among Hong Kong projects B&V secured are: a study to expand the Tai Po Water Treatment Works from 250-1,200 MLD; a study to use space below a future freight yard for biological sewage treatment plant on Stonecutters Island; and study, design and construction of village sewerage schemes in the North District, Tseung Kwan O and Tuen Mun of Hong Kong.

CHINA: Norit provided mobile packaged purification for all water used in the Holland Heineken House during the Olympic Games in Beijing. City water is filtered by 5 Norit Perfector-E systems inside a mobile container designed for large-scale events such as the Olympic Games.

VIETNAM: Cavico Corp. will construct dams for Hydropower Management No. 5, a part of Ministry of Agriculture and Farming, on the Huong (Perfume) River and create Ta Trach water reservoir – the second largest project in the central region of Vietnam – for $3.4 million. The 717 sq. km. reservoir in Duong Hoa village should be completed by December 2011. The main dam will be 1,112m in length, 56m high and 8m wide. Also to be built: four sub-dams of 660m total length and an overflow dam with six release gates.

CHINA: Three Chinese nuclear power companies CNPEC, LHNP and NDNP ordered 36 conventional island main boiler feed water pumps and associated boosters from Sulzer Pumps for the Hongyanhe and Ningde nuclear power plants. It also won an order from Alstom Power for 48 pumps for boiler feed, booster, and condensate extraction for the new Medupi coal-fired electric station, being built for Eskom, the South African national power company. And its Sulzer Wood Ltd. unit won a $12 million, three-year North Sea contract with Chevron for over 20 pumping systems on offshore oil platforms.

PHILIPPINES: Besting several international groups, Manila Water Co. won a 5-year, $15 million contract for leakage reduction and management services in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The firm said the project is in the Ho Chi Minh City non-revenue water management sub-project under the World Bank-supported Vietnam Urban Water Supply Development Project. The Asian Development Bank also will provide Viet Nam with a $196 million loan for a hydroelectric facility to ease power shortages threatening future growth.

CHINA: Membrana’s Liqui-Cel Membrane Contactors were picked for degasification at the largest Plasma Display Panel plant in China. Siemens Ltd. in Shanghai designed and is building the deoxygenation system with the 14”x28” contactors. It will process 300 m³/hour of water and reduce DO levels from 8,550 ppb to <100 ppb. Membrana also unveiled Chinese and German website versions.

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