Doosan to construct Kuwait desalination plant

The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) of Kuwait awarded Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction the 136,000 m³/day (36 MGD) Shuwaikh Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant with recarbonation system. Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction is executing the project on an EPC basis. Doosan Hydro Technology, a wholly owned US based subsidiary, will provide all basic process design engineering and detailed engineering review services...

TAMPA, FL, Sept. 17, 2008 -- The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) of Kuwait awarded Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction the 136,000 m³/day (36 MGD) Shuwaikh Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant with recarbonation system. Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction is executing the project on an EPC basis. Doosan Hydro Technology, a wholly owned US based subsidiary, will provide all basic process design engineering and detailed engineering review services. Energy Recovery Inc., a global leader of ultra-high-efficiency energy recovery products and technology for desalination, was contracted for its innovative PX Pressure Exchanger (PX) technology for the Shuwaikh SWRO project.

Water sustainability is a growing concern in the Middle East and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water has taken proper measures to sustain a potable water supply for its communities. The Plant is Kuwait's first seawater desalination plant using SWRO technology. It will supply drinking water for 450,000 residents in Kuwait City. Under the contract, Doosan will design and build the plant, which will be located near Shuwaikh port, and will supply equipment and materials. The project is scheduled for completion in Sept. 2010.

Doosan Hydro Technology selected Energy Recovery Inc.'s (ERI) largest commercially available 65-Series product, the PX-260 energy recovery device, due to its high efficiency, high flexibility and small footprint. The project will include 187 PX-260 PX Pressure Exchanger® energy recovery devices which will save an estimated 12.7 megawatts of power. Assuming a power cost of $0.05 kWh, ERI's PX Technology energy recovery solution will save the project an estimated $ 7.2 million of energy costs per year compared to operating with no energy recovery. ERI and Doosan also teamed up for the 150,000 m³/day (39.6 MGD) Al Shuaibah III Expansion SWRO Desalination Plant in Sept. of 2007.

John Huit, Doosan Hydro Technology's Director of Business Development, said, "It is an exciting opportunity to be involved in this project. Working with Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, who will build the very first large-scale SWRO plant in Kuwait to a Doosan Hydro Technology design provides us the opportunity to apply our expertise to a high profile project in the global arena."

Dr. Richard Stover, ERI Chief Technology Officer stated, "We are excited about winning this project in Kuwait. Our groundbreaking work in the early 1990's at the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) Laboratories laid the foundation for today's PX technology. It's with great pleasure that we are able to give back to the region," Dr. Stover continued.

Several desalination plants throughout the Middle East and North Africa utilize ERI's PX technology to cut costs. From large plants in Algeria and the UAE to smaller plants throughout Egypt and Saudi Arabia, ERI has focused its efforts on providing the region with advanced energy recovery solutions. The company has a regional sales office in Dubai.

Earlier this year, Doosan Hydro Technology was awarded Desalination Company of the Year at the Water, Finance & Sustainability Conference presented by Global Water Intelligence and the International Desalination Association. Doosan Hydro Technology will continue to provide design, manufacturing and construction of custom engineered water and wastewater treatment plants.

As the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Doosan Hydro Technology has a long standing global reputation for providing design, manufacturing and construction of custom engineered water and wastewater treatment plants.

Energy Recovery Inc. (ERI) is a leading manufacturer of energy recovery devices which help make desalination affordable by significantly reducing energy consumption.

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