WaterBriefs: ADB loans $80M for China's Hai River Basin cleanup

Also in this report: Pentair expands with China joint venture; Calgon Carbon grabs Taiwan drinking water contract; RegenOxT groundwater remediation wins UK award; JWC Environmental, Centex to provide sewage grinders to Mid-East; SGS Group expands Labtronics LimsLink use; Milwaukee project earns Black & Veatch award; Wavefront acquires 50% of Wyoming firm; Patterson provides pumps for flood, levee protection; NanoLogix to supply Erie wastewater plant; Flowserve acquires Czech seal manufacturer...

In other news below:
-- Pentair expands in China with manufacturing, distribution joint venture
-- Calgon Carbon awarded contract for drinking water treatment in Taiwan
-- RegenOxT groundwater remediation technology wins international award
-- JWC Environmental, Centex partner to provide sewage grinders to Mid-East
-- Accelerated Technology Laboratories earns ISO 9001:2000 certification
-- SGS Group expands LimsLink to improve laboratory productivity, ensures data quality
-- Ashland names Menk to lead newly purchased Degussa water business
-- Milwaukee sewer project earns Black & Veatch 'Project of the Year' award from APWA
-- MWH to hold coastal cities climate change workshop in New York
-- Aquatech adds business development manager
-- Suncor Energy completes upgrade to its Commerce City refinery
-- Wavefront to acquire membership units in Oil Enhancement Tools LLC
-- Gorman-Rupp subsidiary manufactures massive pumps for flood, levee protection
-- Micronics grants patent license to Australia's Cleveland Biosensors
-- NADBank approves over $215 million in Mexican infrastructure projects
-- NanoLogix to provide hydrogen bioreactor at Erie wastewater treatment plant
-- EBRD $10.09 million loan helps improve water services in Bulgaria
-- Flowserve acquires Czech seal manufacturer
-- AfDB workshop focuses on financing water, sanitation in Africa

$80 million to help clean up Hai River Basin in Shandong, PRC -- MANILA, Philippines, June 26, 2006 -- An US$80 million loan will help improve the urban environment and public health of about 3.9 million people in Shandong province in the People's Republic of China (PRC) by reducing pollution in the Hai River Basin. The Hai River Basin is one of the PRC's most important industrial regions and home to about 117 million people. Due to fast economic growth, overexploitation of water resources, and lack of adequate waste treatment facilities, the basin faces a severe water crisis. More than 80% of its water is polluted, and the basin has been identified as one of three in the PRC with the highest priority for improving water quality...
Also see: "ADB taking new directions in ensuring water, sanitation for Asian cities"

Pentair expands China market penetration through manufacturing, distribution joint venture -- GOLDEN VALLEY, MN, June 26, 2006 -- Pentair today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 70% of the equity of Beijing Jieming Tiandi Environmental Equipment Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese manufacturer of fiberglass-reinforced plastic pressure tanks, disc filters, valve and systems used in water filtration, softening, and systems applications. The transaction is subject to receipt of government approval and the closing is expected in the third quarter. Upon completion of this transaction, the companies' joint venture will be named Beijing Pentair Water Jieming Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed...

Calgon Carbon awarded contract for drinking water treatment in Taiwan -- PITTSBURGH, June 26, 2006 -- Calgon Carbon Corp. announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Tong Hsin Water Business Inc. (Tong Hsin Water) to supply approximately 3.2 million pounds of granular activated carbon (GAC) to the Fong Shan Water Plant in Taiwan for drinking water purification. The GAC will be installed at the Fong Shan plant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Kaohsiung is the second largest city in Taiwan with 1.5 million people. The Fong Shan plant supplies 79 mgd of water. It will be the second plant in Taiwan that will use GAC supplied by Calgon Carbon to treat municipal drinking water. Terms of the contract were not disclosed...

RegenOxT groundwater remediation technology wins international award -- Bioremediation technique lands coveted 2006 ICU Innovation Award for Regenesis -- SAN CLEMENTE, CA, June 26, 2006 -- Regenesis, a specialty developer and manufacturer of advanced technologies for groundwater resources, has won the 2006 ICU Innovation Award for RegenOx™, a breakthrough in-situ chemical oxidation technology that safely destroys high concentrations of recalcitrant soil and groundwater contaminants such as industrial degreasers and petroleum hydrocarbons. The prestigious ICU Innovation Awards are presented annually at International Clean Up (ICU) in Birmingham, England, the U.K.'s premiere contaminated land solutions conference and exhibition. Regenesis announced June 14 it won the 2004 ICU Innovation Award for Metals Remediation Compound (MRC™), a "one-hit" in-situ treatment for hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) and chlorinated solvents in saturated soils...

JWC Environmental, Centex Fluid Products partner to provide Muffin Monsters to Mid-East -- AMMAN, Jordan, June 26, 2006 -- JWC Environmental is enhancing service and support of its award winning line of Muffin Monster® wastewater grinders and screens in the Middle East by signing a distribution agreement with Jordanian based Centex Fluid Products, a provider of water and wastewater systems. The agreement covers Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, and Bahrain. Centex Fluid Products is a leading Middle East distributor of pumps and systems including top tier products from Roper, Cornell, Gorman-Rupp and Tyco...

Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc. earns ISO 9001:2000 certification for fifth year -- WEST END, NC, June 26, 2006 -- Accelerated Technology Laboratories Inc. (ATL), a leading supplier of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to the water and wastewater industry, is pleased to announce its fifth year of successful Registration to ISO 9001:2000. ATL was originally certified in April 2001; the first LIMS vendor to be certified to the new ISO standard. Steve Rayburn, Director of Training and Validation, recognizes the continuous efforts of ATL, Inc.'s employees and partners, while pointing out the many on-going benefits of ISO Registration for the company and its clients...

SGS Group expands use of LimsLink to improve laboratory productivity, ensures data quality -- GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, June 26, 2006 -- Labtronics Inc., a provider of innovative laboratory data integration and management solutions, today announced that SGS Group has chosen LimsLink to be the standard integration technology for their North American Mineral Group laboratories and will be rolling the technology out to several sites across North America. SGS North America Mineral Group has been successfully utilizing LimsLink at six of its sites in the United States and Canada for almost two years...

Ashland names Menk to lead newly purchased Degussa water business -- DUBLIN, OH, June 26, 2006 -- Siegfried Menk has been named vice president, Ashland Specialty Chemical, and general manager, Environmental and Process Solutions (E&PS), the new business name for the former water treatment business of Degussa AG. E&PS is a new business group of Ashland Water Technologies, a business of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc. Ashland recently announced that it completed its purchase of the water treatment business of Degussa AG, covering North America, South America, Western Europe and most other regions of the world. In the areas where the purchase has not been completed due to pending regulatory authorizations, the parties have undertaken necessary steps to ensure that statutory requirements are met for the expected approvals. The entire transaction is valued at approximately EUR 122 million [US$153.74 million]...

Milwaukee sewer project earns Black & Veatch 'Project of the Year' award from APWA -- KANSAS CITY, MO, June 26, 2006 -- The Milwaukee Northwest Side Relief Sewer was recently named a Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, managing agency, along with primary contractor Shea-Kenny Joint Venture and primary consultant Black & Veatch Corp. will be presented with the award during APWA's International Public Works Congress and Exposition held in September in Kansas City. Awarded in the Environment category, over $100 million range, Milwaukee needed to develop a solution for aging and undersized sewer and stormwater infrastructure, suffering sewer overflows and basement backups during wet weather...
Also see:
-- "Black & Veatch Management Consulting Expert Forecasts a New Paradigm in Utility Mergers"
-- "EPA Releases LT2/ Stage 2 Data Collection & Tracking System"
-- "EPA Announces Incident Command System Training for Water Utilities"

MWH to hold coastal cities climate change workshop in New York -- BROOMFIELD, CO, June 26, 2006 -- MWH is hosting a Coastal Cities Climate Change Workshop in New York City on July 13 and 14 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The workshop will focus on sustainability issues and the effects of climate change on infrastructure, water supply, wastewater effluent discharge, socioeconomics and policy, and other issues unique to coastal cities and communities. It will allow participants from coastal cities and regions to exchange information, while also presenting to them the latest information on pertinent political, technical and academic global warming issues as they relate to water supply and wastewater infrastructure. Leadership from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, King County, WA, and other coastal regions have been invited and are expected to attend this two-day event. They will be given the opportunity to learn more about and discuss new techniques for protecting their cities and residents from the impacts of climate change...

Aquatech adds business development manager -- CANONSBURG, PA, June 26, 2006 -- Aquatech International Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of John Livingston as business development manager for WATERTRAK™. His responsibilities will include developing a national distribution network, marketing and sales plans for the WATERTRAK line of products, including softeners, filters, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, EDI, etc. He has over 25 years of experience in this industry. Previously, Livingston had national sales manager positions with Culligan & US Filter/STRANCO. He will be based in San Diego, Calif., and can be reached at livingstonj@aquatech.com...

Suncor Energy completes upgrade to its Commerce City refinery -- DENVER, CO, June 26, 2006 -- Suncor Energy Inc. today announced the successful completion of the company's $445 million upgrade to its Commerce City refinery. The upgrade allows the refinery to produce refined products, which meet newly regulated emission levels for low sulphur diesel fuel. In addition to the modifications to meet clean fuels regulations, the upgrades also improve the refinery's environmental performance, and enable Suncor to integrate a broader slate of crude oil products, including sour crude oil from the company's Canadian oil sands production...

Wavefront to acquire membership units in Oil Enhancement Tools LLC -- EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, June 26, 2006 -- Wavefront Energy and Environmental Services Inc., a provider and licensor of its proprietary DeepWaveSM Technology for improved oil recovery and groundwater remediation is pleased to announce that it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire 50% of the outstanding membership units of Oil Enhancement Tools LLC (OET), a privately held Wyoming company, from an arms length individual. OET has been in operation since 2004 as an oil service company operating in Cody, WY, offering licensing of a secondary oil recovery method based on the generation of weak elastic (seismic) waves...

Gorman-Rupp subsidiary manufactures massive pumps for flood, levee protection -- MANSFIELD, OH, June 23, 2006 -- Patterson Pump Company, Toccoa, Georgia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Gorman-Rupp Co., has manufactured and shipped the first of six massive pumps for flood control and levee protection in two watersheds of the Velasco Drainage District headquartered in Clute, TX. The remaining five pumps and related components are scheduled to be shipped later during 2006. The amount of this order is in excess of $6.9 million. Each pump can move 260,000 gallons of water per minute and is powered by a 2000 horsepower engine. The district includes industrial coastal floodplain on the Gulf of Mexico that has sustained storm-surge flooding as a result of hurricanes in recent years. Two of its watersheds are located behind 53 miles of levees. Studies showed that expanded pumping capacity would be necessary to protect the areas from flooding resulting from a Category 3 or higher hurricane. The District authorized a $33 million project to increase the capacity of two of its pumping stations from 1.69 million gallons per minute to 3.19 million gallons per minute...

Micronics grants patent license to Cleveland Biosensors -- Company developing products for industrial diagnostics -- REDMOND, WA, & BRISBANE TECHNOLOGY PARK, Queensland, Australia, June 23, 2006 -- Micronics Inc. announced it has granted an exclusive, royalty-bearing, U.S. license to certain of its patented technologies to Cleveland Biosensors of Brisbane, Australia. The license entails the right to use, make, have made and sell products based on two patents in the field of microfluidics, which permits smaller volumes to be used in the performance of fluid detection, diagnosis or monitoring. The specific details of Cleveland Biosensors' product plans for the licensed Micronics' technologies were not disclosed, though the company's focus today is on deployment of rapid diagnostic tests for use by industry in detecting toxins, pathogens, or other agents in water, food and other industrial applications where on-the-spot test results are critical...

NADBank, Monterrey water utility sign US$28 million loan for wastewater reuse project -- SAN ANTONIO, TX, June 23, 2006 -- Following certification and financing approval by the Border Environment Cooperation Commission and North American Development Bank (NADBank) Board of Directors for a project to expand the wastewater reuse system in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, NADB signed a US$28 million loan commitment the same afternoon with the Monterrey water utility, Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterey. The purpose of the US$66 million project is to expand current system infrastructure in order to take full advantage of the wastewater that can be reused in industrial and commercial processes. It is important to highlight that this project is one of the most innovative wastewater reuse projects in the country, resulting in significant water savings in an area prone to drought and water shortages...
Also see:
-- "North American Development Bank authorizes 5 loans totaling US$62.6 million for communities in Tamaulipas, Mexico"
-- "NADBank authorizes 4 loans totaling over US$17 million for border communities in Sonora, Mexico"
-- "BECC-NADB Board of Directors approve $137.2 million in new projects benefiting U.S.-Mexico border region"

NanoLogix signs agreement for hydrogen bioreactor at Erie wastewater treatment plant -- SHARON, PA, June 22, 2006 NanoLogix Inc., a nanobiotechnology company engaged in development and commercialization of technologies for creation of hydrogen utilizing hydrogen bioreactors, has signed an agreement for the construction and operation of a prototype hydrogen bioreactor at the city of Erie wastewater treatment plant. This project will utilize the proprietary intellectual property of NanoLogix in conjunction with the participation of faculty members and students from Gannon University...

EBRD US$10.09 million loan helps improve water services in Bulgaria -- ROUSSE, Bulgaria, June 21, 2006 -- The city of Rousse will use an EUR 8 million [US$10.09 million] EBRD loan to bring improved water supply to around 260,000 residents in eight municipalities across northern Bulgaria. The Bank's loan is being provided directly to the Rousse Regional Water Company and will help upgrade the City's water infrastructure, including the main transmission line. This should reduce water losses, increase water security and improve the quality of local services. The loan is part of a EUR 46.8 million [US$59.03 million] programme of water and wastewater infrastructure investments in the city. The European Union is expected to provide EUR 35.1 million [$44.25 million] in ISPA grants, which were set up to finance infrastructure projects in countries planning to join the EU...

Flowserve acquires HydroTechnik Olomouc -- Addition of Czech Republic seal manufacturer expands manufacturing capabilities, service and distribution throughout Eastern Europe -- DALLAS, June 19, 2006 -- Flowserve Corp., a global provider of fluid motion and control products and services, announces today the acquisition of HydroTechnik Olomouc, s.r.o., a privately held mechanical seal manufacturer based in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Established in 1992, HydroTechnik Olomouc (HTO) offers an established lineup of mechanical seals and related products, focusing on Czech original equipment manufacturers, and power and process industry markets. In 2005, HTO generated $860,000 in revenue...

Workshop focuses on financing water, sanitation in Africa -- TUNIS, Tunisia, June 16, 2006 -- A workshop on Financing and Cost Recovery in the African Water Sector organized in Tunis by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in mid-June brought together representatives of regional member countries, multilateral development partners, financial institutions, and other stakeholders such as Private sector and civil society organizations to examine Financial Instruments and Cooperation with development stakeholders with a view to supporting the Water Sector in Africa...

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In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Woodard & Curran wins Concord, Mass., SCADA service contract" -- Also in this report (June 23, 2006): American Water to sponsor U.S. Conference of Mayors conservation award; Sensus' TouchCoupler tops half-million distributions in a year; Norm Sendler of Ecosure to partner with Atlantium; Beckhoff Automation hires new Central Region sales manager; Earth Tech names North American water business development director; Experts to address key global issues at Plastics Pipes XIII in Washington, DC; CWP announces next article in Wetlands & Watershed Series; MLUI reviews Mich. case that prompts Supremes step into wetlands; New England Tank, Aquastore take on a tight fit in Vt. tank installation; Canada site of Fresh Creek Technologies' first TRASHMASTER installation...

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