inge AG lands UF contracts in China, Russia and South Africa to equip power plants

The potential is enormous. Worldwide, operators of power plants are modernizing its plants to comply with the increasing standards of security. This positively affects the market of inge AG, located in Greifenberg, near Munich, whose innovative ultrafiltration (UF) membranes are installed in an increasing number of plants. Recently, the company has won three additional projects in China, Russia and South Africa...

System integrators benefit from technological superiority: German firm equips power plants in China, Russia and South Africa.

GREIFENBERG, Germany, Aug. 24, 2006 -- The potential is enormous. Worldwide, operators of power plants are modernizing its plants to comply with the increasing standards of security. This positively affects the market of inge AG, located in Greifenberg, near Munich, whose innovative ultrafiltration (UF) membranes are installed in an increasing number of plants. Recently, the company has won three additional projects in China, Russia and South Africa.

The requirements are always similar: in order to guarantee a faultless and thus secure operation of the power plant, one important step for the operators is to provide pure water in their process chain. Here, the robust German membranes contribute successfully. They purify reliably even heavily polluted river water which is -- after a combination of treatment steps -- then used as boiler feed or cooling water. In the Luohe Power Plant in Anhui province, located in CentralChina, 370 cubic meters per hour will be treated like this. The medium-sized engineering company TianYuan HengYe from Beijing was particularly impressed by the stability of the inge membrane as Multibore® fibres can guarantee a continuous high-quality water supply so that the subsequent desalination step using reverse osmosis (RO) membranes is protected. A good pre-treatment of RO is essential as it saves costs in operation and maintenance as well as in replacements.

With 250 cubic meters per hour a little smaller but none the less trend-setting for the future engagement in these countries, are the projects in Russia and South Africa. In the province Rostav-na Donu in the Southwest of Russia the power plant owners have decided to use the superior technology of inge UF for its water treatment as well. So far, the water has been treated by conventional sand filtration which could not provide sufficiently high quality feed water for the RO. This led to increasing costs of cleaning of the RO membranes and a reduced life time. The problem is now solved by using inge membranes as a pre-treatment. The plant is planned to be commissioned end of this year.

At about the same time, the modernization of a power plant in the South African province of Mpumalanga will be finalized. In order to save precious water resources, the used cooling tower water will be recycled. inge UF technology will be one part of the three water treatment steps.

The recently won projects show that our technology is not only used for the treatment of drinking water where we perform especially well in our home market, but that it is also more and more used in industrial applications internationally," states inge-CEO Wolfgang Distler happily. "This makes us confident to explore worldwide further markets."

inge AG (www.inge.ag) is located in Greifenberg (near Munich) in Germany and was founded in the year 2000. The company manufactures and sells ultrafiltration membranes and modules for the purification of water. The advantage of this innovative technology compared to conventional water treatment methods: the extremly thin pores of the filter membrane reliably reject even smallest viruses, bacteria and particles - thus providing clean, germ-free drinking water.
Especially for third-world countries or countries that are fast developing (e.g. China) but also for municipals in countries like Germany or USA that have to comply with the strict regulations of the drinking water rules, the modules of inge AG provide a promising and cost-efficient solution. The company presently employs 44 people and has an office in China. As measured by the installed capacity of membrane area, inge AG is already player No. 2 in Germany. Until 2007, the company plans to establish itself among the world's Top 5 players in the field of ultrafiltration technology.

Also see:
-- "Chinese industry benefits increasingly from German membrane technology: inge AG wins two projects in the chemical and power plant market in China"

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