Caribbean island expanding drinking water plant with seawater desalination solution
A seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato on the Caribbean island of Bonaire will soon be receiving an advanced water filtration equipment package from GE in an effort to continue providing clean drinking water for the entire island.
TREVOSE, PA, July 13, 2015 -- A seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato on the Caribbean island of Bonaire will soon be receiving an advanced water filtration equipment package from GE in an effort to continue providing clean drinking water for the entire island, which is located about 80 kilometers north of Venezuela.
The project is an expansion of Water and Energy Company Bonaire's (WEB) current desalination plant, which GE operates for the island's water and electric utility under a "build, own, operate" contract. The new, permanent facility will supply 1,600 cubic meters a day of desalinated water to meet the growing clean water needs for the island's residents and business. Bonaire is a special municipality governed by the Netherlands.
GE will provide a comprehensive Procera seawater solution, including six multimedia filters, two SeaPRO-84 seawater reverse osmosis (RO) units, two modified PRO-150-NA brackish water RO units together with an MCC and PLC Control System. Comprehensive system training will also will be provided to WEB staff. GE's skid-mounted equipment allows for ease of installation and the ability to move the units should a new desalination plant be developed by WEB in the future.
To help improve equipment durability, GE's Procera solutions start with pretreatment components that protect membrane desalination systems by removing suspended solids and impurities. After careful analysis of an operator's source water and conservation needs, modular desalination systems are then fitted to their applications.
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