WaterBriefs: Engelhard acquires adsorbents business, expands technology base

Also in this report: Black & Veatch supports tsunami restoration in Indonesia; Severn Trent provides clean water/sanitation in Africa through PAWS; Earth Tech team top bidder for first N. Ireland public-private water project; Mexican university partner funds SSWM unit project; Korean hospital, WWTP to employ FuelCell Energy power plants; ASCE names 2005 honorary members; ITT Industries appoints Driesse as Fluid Technology president; UK publishes financial, investment report for water industry...

In other news below:
-- Black & Veatch providing earthquake, tsunami restoration support in Indonesia
-- Severn Trent provides clean water/sanitation in Africa through PAWS
-- Earth Tech team top bidder for first N. Ireland public-private water project
-- Mexican university to fund SSWM unit groundwater cleanup at state direction
-- FuelCell Energy power plants offer electricity, heat for Korean hospital, WWTP
-- ASCE names 2005 honorary members
-- ITT Industries appoints Driesse president of Fluid Technology group
-- UK publishes latest financial performance, expenditure report for water industry

Engelhard acquires adsorbents business, expands technology base
ISELIN, NJ, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Engelhard Corp. has acquired U.S.-based Almatis AC, Inc., formerly the adsorbents and catalyst business of Almatis. Almatis AC is a major developer and producer of alumina-based adsorbents and purification catalysts for the natural gas, petrochemical, compressed air and hydrogen peroxide markets. The acquisition strengthens Engelhard's leadership position in moisture control and purification for a variety of industries around the world. The purchase price was not disclosed...
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Black & Veatch providing earthquake, tsunami restoration support in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Kansas City-based engineering and construction management company tarts work under a contract with the Asian Development Bank for the Irrigation Component of the Earthquake and Tsunami Emergency Support Project in Indonesia. Through the three-year contract, the Government of Indonesia will leverage Black & Veatch's ability to mobilize a broad range of resources to enhance, strengthen and upgrade in-country capabilities, including water and irrigation facilities...
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Severn Trent provides clean water/sanitation in Africa through PAWS
FORT WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Severn Trent Water International, the global operating and management arm of Severn Trent Plc, is helping provide developing countries in Africa with sustainable access to clean water and provision of adequate sanitation through Partners for Water and Sanitation (PAWS). PAWS is a partnership between government, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the public at large whose aim is to contribute to achieving international development targets for water and sanitation...
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Earth Tech team top bidder for first N. Ireland public-private water project
LONG BEACH, CA, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Dalriada Water Limited -- a consortium consisting of Earth Tech, Kelda Water Services, and Farrans -- was chosen as preferred bidder for the first water public private partnership offered by The Water Service in Northern Ireland. Under the 25-year contract, Dalraida will design, build upgrades and operate four existing water treatment plants to bring the region's drinking water into compliance with stringent EU water standards...
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Mexican university to fund SSWM unit groundwater cleanup at state direction
CARLSBAD, CA, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Puebla, Mexico's Gov. Mario Marin Torres has directed SSWM's Environmental Tec International strategic alliance partner the Zaragoza Graduate School of Studies of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) to provide immediate funding for engineering assessment and remediation of hydrocarbon discharges due to antiquated pipelines and storage tank farms. The recent Pemex pipeline spills in Puebla account for contamination of hundreds of acres of productive farming land, rivers and lakes...
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FuelCell Energy power plants offer electricity, heat for Korean hospital, WWTP
DANBURY, CT, Sept. 8, 2005 -- Two of its Direct FuelCell (DFC) units will provide electricity for a 650-bed hospital and a wastewater treatment facility in South Korea as part of the government's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Decision on siting ultra-clean power plants consistent with Korea's drive to reduce its carbon emissions through use of alternative energy solutions...
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National civil engineering society names 2005 honorary members
RESTON, VA, Sept. 8, 2005 -- In honor of extraordinary engineering achievements, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will induct eight distinguished civil engineers into the ranks of its honorary membership on Friday, Oct. 28, at its annual Civil Engineering Conference in Los Angeles. ASCE's highest accolade, active honorary membership is comprised of only 183 of its 137,000 members worldwide....
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ITT Industries appoints Henry J. Driesse as president of Fluid Technology Group
WHITE PLAINS, NY, Sept. 7, 2005 -- Driesse, president of ITT's defense business since 2000, will succeed Robert L. Ayers, while Steven F. Gaffney, president of Defense Systems Division, will succeed Driesse. Both appointments are effective Sept. 30...
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UK publishes latest financial performance, expenditure report for water industry
LONDON, Sept. 7, 2005 -- The UK Office of Water (Ofwat) report, 'Financial performance and expenditure of the water companies in England and Wales 2004-05', shows that water companies achieved the great majority of the outputs expected of them when Ofwat set price limits in 1999. They did this through gross capital investment from 2000 to 2005 of 17.7 billion British pounds, compared to the 19.4 billion pounds that Ofwat assumed for the period...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Healthy, polluted watersheds identified in Pa. report on Juniata sub-basin" -- Also in this report (Sept. 7, 2005): Philly community chooses Severn Trent arsenic removal technology; Cyrus Industries changes name to Sentinel Solutions; R.W. Beck names executive vice president of WWR; GE technology critical to world's largest potable UF plant; Pa. filter plants receive AWWA optimization award; Pennichuck PUC case to take utility dismissed; Millipore appoints new president of Bioprocess Division; Walter Industries gets federal clearance to buy Mueller Water Products; Great Lakes states demand timely ballast water regulations...

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