WaterBriefs: Big municipal projects, industrial penetration drive European MBR market

Also in this report: USFilter signs marketing, licensing agreement with US Peroxide; Stranco technology stars in 4th Harry Potter film; Siemens to modernize boiler in Swedish paper mill; Atlantic City bets on renewable energy for wastewater plant; Solucorp's MBS technology helps licensee win brownfield award; Breaux calls for La. unity; Graham Corp. awarded $2M for Middle East petrochemical plant; Alcan gives green light to $1.7B smelter in Oman; DGP gets project management certification...

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-- USFilter signs joint market development, licensing agreement with US Peroxide
-- Stranco technology stars in 4th Harry Potter film
-- Siemens to modernize boiler in Swedish paper mill
-- Atlantic City bets on renewable energy for wastewater plant
-- Solucorp's MBS technology helps licensee win 'Brownfield Project of Year' award
-- Sen. Breaux to Shell employees: Time for industry unity
-- Graham Corp. awarded $2 million for Middle East petrochemical plant
-- Alcan gives green light to $1.7 billion aluminum smelter in Sohar, Oman
-- Drew George gets project management certification

Big municipal projects, industrial penetration drive European MBR market
LONDON, Dec. 12, 2005 (PRNewswire) -- In an extremely price-sensitive market, membrane bioreactor (MBR) companies are trying to wrestle advantage away from the significantly lower-priced conventional technologies. MBR prices are considered to be still relatively prohibitive despite their constantly declining prices of membranes.

MBR companies can achieve cost efficiencies by establishing local supply networks, developing local partners as well as training and utilizing local workforce. They also hope to cover new ground by actively promoting their products' small footprint and high efficiency treatment in processes such as nutrient removal.

These features will be popular among municipal customers that need to comply with regulations and tighten discharge limits. In the industrial segment, MBRs will find many takers for its ability to facilitate reuse and recycle of treated wastewater as well as its attractive payback period.

The MBR market has received a huge boost in the municipal segment with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) requiring it to lower nutrient discharge limits. The ceiling for discharge is even more severe in 'Sensitive Areas'. MBR systems are ideal in such cases due to their high treatment efficiency, which helps companies comply with norms and regulations. MBR systems also gain an edge over conventional systems with their ability to greatly reduce sludge.

"In the industrial segment, the implementation of Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC), especially it coming into force in the food and beverage sector in 2004, has driven the demand for MBR systems," says Fredrick Royan, research analyst with Frost & Sullivan. "Moreover, IPPC's thrust on application of Best Available Technology (BAT) for treatment of wastewater and the aspect of favorable reuse and recycling have boosted the market for MBRs."

As the European Union turns its attention to small- and medium-sized municipalities, and as industries begin to meet IPPC requirements, there will be greater investment in the market in the long term. In order to facilitate a more rapid conversion to MBR systems, market participants will have to offer references and customer education.

The $57.0 million MBR market is set to more than double its size over the next seven years. MBR manufacturers need to analyze and understand end-user specifics so that they can customize their products to suit unique regional characteristics. Some issues they need to consider while developing tailor-made products are water stress in the Iberian peninsular and specific application requirements including the complex effluent characteristics in the lucrative, not yet fully untapped chemicals industries.

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Among other recent headlines:

Siemens announces joint market development, licensing agreement with USFilter, US Peroxide -- WARRENDALE, PA, Dec. 12, 2005 -- Siemens is expanding its full service odor control capabilities through a new license agreement with US Peroxide LLC., Laguna Niguel, Calif. This strategic joint market development agreement with USFilter Corp., based in Warrendale, Pa., a company of the Siemens Group Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S), will allow Siemens to incorporate US Peroxide's patented PRI-SCtechnology into its Davis Process full service odor control program. PRI-SC (peroxide regenerated iron-sulfide control) is a combination treatment that integrates iron salts with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in a synergistic fashion. The combined treatment provides cost and performance benefits superior to either chemical alone, while allowing greater flexibility as to the placement of storage and dosing facilities...
In other Siemens news:
-- "Siemens Water Technologies unit stars in 4th Harry Potter film"
-- "Siemens to modernize boiler in Swedish paper mill"

Atlantic City bets on renewable energy for wastewater plant -- Largest hybrid solar-wind power plant in U.S. -- ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, Dec. 12, 2006 -- Atlantic County's wastewater treatment plant will be the first in the United States to be powered by a system that combines solar energy arrays with a wind farm. By capturing energy from the sun and the Atlantic Coast winds, rather than burning fossil fuels, the hybrid solar-wind power plant will produce enough energy to power the equivalent of approximately 3800 homes and displace the need for an estimated 24,000 barrels of oil per year. The new power plant, to be dedicated Dec. 12 by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA), is also one of the largest hybrid solar-wind power plants in the world. The 8 megawatt (MW) hybrid solar-wind power plant will generate an estimated 40,800,000 kilowatt hours of clean electricity annually...

GreenShift acquires rights to patented CO2 reduction technology -- New strain of thermophilic cyanobacteria converts exhaust carbon dioxide into pure oxygen, clean water -- MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ, Dec. 12, 2005 -- GreenShift Corp. announced the execution by its wholly owned technology transfer and industrial design company, GreenShift Industrial Design Corp., of a license agreement with Ohio University for its patented bioreactor process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled combustion processes. GIDC's business model is based on the engineering and marketing of Natural Solutions™ -- green innovations and processes that enhance manufacturing efficiencies, improve resource utilization and minimize waste...

Solucorp's Molecular Bonding System technology plays key role in licensee winning 'Brownfield Project of the Year' award -- FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Dec. 12, 2005 -- Solucorp Industries Ltd. efforts to clean-up the former Ocean State Steel Property by the city of East Providence, R.I., and Solucorp's Molecular Bonding System (MBS® technology licensee, New York-based GeoNova Development Corp., have earned the "Brownfield's Project of the Year" Award from the Environmental Business Council of New England. The award, presented at the council's annual meeting in Newton, Mass., cites the creative reuse and remediation of 27 acres of land along the Seekonk River, in one of the largest environmental cleanups in Rhode Island history. The property had suffered from over a century of heavy industrial use and contamination from such metals as lead, arsenic and cadmium. GeoNova approached the city with a plan to restore the land utilizing Solucorp's EPA proven MBS metal remediation technology, so it could be used for townhouses, condominiums and single-family homes. The city received a $2-million Brownfield economic development grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and helped GeoNova acquire a $3- million low-interest government loan...

Sen. Breaux to Shell employees: Time for industry unity -- WASHINGTON, DC, Dec. 12, 2005 -- Meeting with Shell Exploration & Production employees in Louisiana and Texas on Monday, former U.S. Sen. John B. Breaux (D-LA) said that Shell is one of the corporate backbones of Louisiana. He stressed in his comments that it is in the nation's interest that Louisiana and New Orleans successfully recover. Breaux said, "Shell's commitment to return to its New Orleans offices early next year is a significant step in support of the city's recovery. I applaud Shell for its commitment to come home"...

Graham Corp. awarded $2 million for Middle East petrochemical plant -- BATAVIA, NY, Dec. 12, 2005 -- Graham Corp. received a letter of intent, valued at about $2 million, for two steam surface condensers to be installed in a new Kuwaiti ethylene production plant. Revenue from this project will be recognized on a%age-of-completion basis and shipment is presently scheduled for the second fiscal quarter of 2007, which ends Sept. 30, 2006. Graham was awarded the contract by an Italian engineering, procurement and construction contractor in connection with a joint venture between a major U.S. chemical producer and a Kuwaiti petrochemical company. Ethylene, produced from oil or natural gas, is a building-block chemical used in the production of carpets, apparel, plastics, fibers, tires and numerous other consumer products. As global demand for these types of consumer products continues to rise, demand for ethylene and its by-products also rises. As a result, orders have continued to increase for Graham's custom designed, quality equipment for both new ethylene production plants and existing petrochemical plant upgrades, particularly in the Middle East and Asia...

Warsaw Water supply and wastewater treatment project gets EU financing -- BRUSSELS, Dec. 12, 2005 -- Danuta Hubner, European commissioner for regional policy, has signed the Commission Decision granting financial assistance to the project "Warsaw water supply and wastewater treatment." The total cost of the project is estimated at EUR 405 million [US$484.56 million] with a EC contribution of EUR 248 million [US$296.75 million]. The project will improve the quality of drinking water and will also contribute to the considerable improvement in the health of local citizens. This project, which is the third phase of the long term plan to improve Warsaw water supply and waste water treatment, will be one of the largest EU projects to be approved under the Cohesion Fund in 2005 and is the first of 23 projects to be approved before the end of this year, for Poland...

Alcan gives green light to $1.7 billion aluminum smelter in Sohar, Oman -- Smelter will use Alcan's state-of-the-art AP35 technology -- MUSCAT, Oman, Dec. 11, 2005 -- Alcan Inc., together with its partners, Oman Oil Co. S.A.O.C. (OOC) and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), will proceed with the construction of a US$1.7 billion primary aluminum smelter in Sohar, Oman. Alcan is taking a 20% stake in the 350kt per year smelter, which is expected to begin production in the third quarter of 2008. The smelter will be in the lowest quartile of the industry cash cost curve and add approximately 2% to Alcan's global smelting base...

Drew George gets project management certification -- SAN DIEGO, CA, Dec. 10, 2005 -- Drew George, of Drew George & Partners, Inc. (DGP), has recently been certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute in Newton Square, Pa. The PMP certification is the project management profession's most recognized and respected global credential. To obtain PMP certification, an individual must satisfy education and experience requirements, agree to adhere to a Professional Code of Conduct, and pass the PMP Certification Examination...

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