Water desalination capacity increases in North Africa with ERI PX technology

Energy Recovery Inc. announces another large-scale energy recovery contract for seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination in Algeria. The Fouka SWRO Desalination project is designed to produce 120,000 cubic meters per day (m³/day, 31.7 million US gallons per day [MGD]). It is scheduled to begin operation in early 2010.

• New 120,000 m³/day (31.7 million US gallons per day) SWRO plant in Algeria

SAN LEANDRO, CA, Dec. 11, 2008 -- Energy Recovery Inc., a global leader of ultra-high-efficiency energy recovery products and technology for desalination, announces another large-scale energy recovery contract for seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination in Algeria. The Fouka SWRO Desalination project is designed to produce 120,000 cubic meters per day (m³/day, 31.7 million US gallons per day [MGD]). It is scheduled to begin operation in early 2010.

The Fouka SWRO Desalination Plant will be located in Tipasa near the city of El Jazair on Algeria's northern coast. The project is being developed by Acciona Agua of Spain and SNC Lavalin International of Canada on a 25 year build, own and operate (BOO) contract basis. The 138 ERI PX-220 energy recovery devices are expected to save nearly 13 MW of energy or over 113,000 MWh per year. In total, ERI is helping to produce over 1.5 million m³/day (396 MGD) of drinking water for the Algerian region alone, saving an estimated 440 MW of energy on an ongoing basis.

Recently, Acciona Agua as part of a consortium also contracted ERI's PX technology for the Tordera desalination plant near Barcelona. Here, older turbine technology was replaced with advanced, more efficient PX Pressure Exchanger devices to save energy and increase plant production capacity.

Borja Blanco, ERI's GM and VP, Mega Projects Division, stated, "This contract award, along with Tlemcen Souk Tleta, consolidate ERI as the preferred supplier of energy recovery devices in the Mediterranean basin. Eight major desalination projects have been awarded by different contractors in Algeria so far, and all of them with ERI PX technology. Using our energy recovery solution allows the Algerian government to provide affordable water to their constituents."

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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