Xylem treatment technologies to help Kuwait reuse wastewater

Xylem has won an $8 million contract to develop and supply wastewater treatment technologies for the 00,000 m3/day treatment and reclamation plant in Sulaibiya, Kuwait...

Mar 24th, 2016
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -Xylem has won an $8 million contract to develop and supply wastewater treatment technologies for the 600,000 m3/day treatment and reclamation plant in Sulaibiya, Kuwait.

The expanded facility will serve the growing irrigation needs of the southern and western Kuwait catchment areas using ultra filtration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes as tertiary treatment and polishing stages.

Xylem will supply treatment technologies for use during secondary treatment at the plant, including the company’s Sanitaire fine bubble aeration technologies, Flygt ultra low-head pumps and low-speed mixers, aeration blowers, stainless steel air mains and Flygt Jet aerators in the aerobic digesters.

Kuwait’s average rainfall is less than 120 millimeters (mm) annually. Groundwater is the main naturally-occurring water resource, providing 36% of Kuwait’s annual water supply, including 90% of the water used for irrigation and landscaping.

However, this precious resource is overexploited, depleting rapidly and subject to pollution from various sources such as oil exploration and refining, insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers used for agriculture, landfill sites, industrial and commercial operations and soil contaminated by hydrocarbons during the 1991 Gulf War.

Xylem previously worked in a similar role with Kharafi National during the first phase of the development of the treatment plant. Expansion of the plant is expected to be completed by autumn 2016 and will be operational from Q1 2017.

Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, project director for Kharafi National, said: “We are looking forward to the implementation of various equipment performance and optimization concepts that Xylem’s engineering and research and development (R&D) teams have developed.”


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