WaterBriefs: RG Global Lifestyles signs contract for Wyoming wastewater project

Also in this report: China's sewage treatment market creates investment opportunities; Abresist celebrates 30th anniversary; Global Water Foundation enters world's biggest bike race; Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy wins Pinellas County, Fla., contract; Skanska gets biggest U.S. order at N.Y. Giants/Jets Stadium; Sioux Corp. unveils new field service program; American States Water elects new director; Deloitte, Safe Water Network announce clean water initiative at World Economic Forum...

In other news below:
-- China's huge sewage treatment market creates investment opportunities at home, abroad
-- Abresist Corp. celebrates 30th anniversary
-- Global Water Foundation enters world's biggest bike race
-- Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy awarded 17-year contract with Pinellas County, Fla.
-- Skanska wins biggest ever U.S. order for N.Y. Giants/Jets Stadium
-- Sioux Corp. announces new field service program
-- American States Water Company announces election of new director
-- Deloitte, Safe Water Network announce clean water initiative at World Economic Forum

RG Global Lifestyles signs first contract for Wyoming oil & gas wastewater project -- Ion exchange technology exceeds tough requirements for wastewater discharge -- RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA, & BUFFALO, WY, Jan. 26, 2007 -- RG Global Lifestyles Inc. has signed a multi-year contract with a major independent oil and gas operator in Wyoming, for RG Global to construct and operate a water treatment plant employing RG Global's proprietary ion exchange technology (Catalyx Technology) that will remove sodium, barium, iron and other inorganic contaminants from the wastewater associated with coal bed methane (CBM) production. The first facility will be designed to treat 20,000 barrels per day of wastewater from CBM operations at the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. RG Global expects to begin construction within 90 days and be operational in the second quarter of 2007.

RG Global anticipates that its new partner will need to treat more than 100,000 barrels of wastewater per day for CBM harvesting sites in Wyoming. This will be the first of several plants to be constructed over the next 36 months."

RG Global Chairman and CEO Mr. Louis Knickerbocker said, "We are very pleased that we have been selected to construct and operate our first multi-million dollar facility in Wyoming for the treatment of the wastewater that is produced from the harvesting of natural gas. Our technology allows operators to cost effectively harvest the natural gas, while protecting the environment and advancing energy independence for our country in the future."

CBM production produces copious amounts of ground water, which contains unacceptable levels of contaminants and minerals. RGBL's Catalyx Technology removes the sodium and contaminants that pose an environmental threat, making more than 99% of the water fit for discharge or irrigation. Other technologies produce up to 15% byproduct waste stream. Disposal of this waste is costly. The Catalyx Technology minimizes waste, which translates to major cost savings for the gas producer/operator.

Existing technologies have been unable to sufficiently treat water to meet Montana and Wyoming's stringent sodium absorption ratio (SAR) discharge standards, resulting in the shut down of hundreds of well and drilling operations in these and other areas. In many cases, this filtration technology and cost reduction could mean the difference between operating and shutting down a site.

"Our technology exceeds the most stringent state and federal requirement for discharge of CBM wastewater and is more cost effective than the competition," RG Global chief technology officer Mr. Jangbarwala explained. "This major advancement in wastewater treatment has the potential to enable as many as 8000 CBM operations to reopen or commence in Wyoming alone."

A January 18, 2007 article in the Jackson Hole Star Tribune cited that there are only three CBM discharge wastewater treatment plants currently in operation in Wyoming, all operating at capacity. Much of the water is trucked extended distances to be treated, adding to production costs. A major advantage of RG Global's wastewater treatment plant is their low cost to construct and operate because they are monitored remotely in real time, enabling instantaneous responses to changing conditions with minimal overhead.

"Within the next two years, RG Global plans to construct six wastewater treatment plants capable of treating 1.1 billion gallons of water per year," Jangbarwala stated. "We are currently in discussions with multiple energy company for additional contracts. We believe these could significantly enhance the harvest of one of the cleaner forms of energy in the U.S."

RG Global Lifestyles Inc. (www.rgglife.com and www.aquair.com) is the parent company of wholly owned subsidiary Aquair™ Inc. Aquair, was formed for the express purpose of developing and distributing quality industrial and residential water products using the latest in water production and treatment technologies to provide pure safe water around the world. RG Global's products address many water quality issues, including remedying the increasingly prevalent microbial water supply contamination and contamination resulting from oil and gas production.

Also see: "RG Global Lifestyles appoints Juzer Jangbarwala as CTO"

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Among other recent headlines:

China's huge sewage treatment market creates investment opportunities at home, abroad -- DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 26, 2007 -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of "China Sewage Treatment Industry Report, 2006" to its offering. Water pollution is becoming more and more serious in China. The large amount of living and industrial sewage produced by the increasingly expanding cities and towns is one of the main causes. In recent years, although the water environment of cities and towns has improved somewhat, people are not optimistic towards the general situation. Data from the Ministry of Construction indicates that, among China's over 600 organic cities, 278 cities do not have sewage treatment plants, and at least more than 50 plants in 30 cities operate at a load rate of less than 30% or simply without any operations. In the past ten years, sewage treatment plants nationally have increased by 5.6 times, the total sewage treatment capacity has increased by 8 times; yet, the total treated sewage only has grown by 2.7 times. The problem is that there is no matching collecting system. Statistics shows that, the sewage treatment rate of China is currently about 50%, and the operating load rate of sewage treatment plants is estimated to be less than 50%. It is clear that the sewage treatment facilities haven't been made use of effectively...

Abresist Corp. celebrates 30th anniversary -- URBANA, IN, Jan. 26, 2007 -- Abresist Corp., specializing in wear resistant products, is celebrating its 30th year in business in 2007. Located 40 miles west of Fort Wayne, IN, the company manufactures and installs a wide range of mineral and ceramic based abrasion-resistant protective linings for industrial material handling equipment. Founded on May 6, 1977, Abresist was established to serve the North American market as a joint venture subsidiary of Kalenborn Kalprotect, in Vettelschoss, Germany, and M.H. Detrick Co. in Chicago, IL. Since 1983, Abresist has been wholly owned by Kalenborn Kalprotect. It currently employs 43 people and has sales offices throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2002, it acquired Canada Kalprotect in Kirkland, Quebec. To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, company president Joe Accetta has announced an open house at the Urbana facility on May 20...

Global Water Foundation enters world's biggest bike race -- NAPLES, FL, Jan. 26, 2007 -- The Global Water Foundation (GWF) has entered a team, including 2006 defending Wimbledon senior doubles champion Johan Kriek, to ride a grueling 65 mile race March 11 in South Africa to raise money. With 4,500 children dying daily from diseases related to dirty water, the United Nations Development Program called lack of clean water the "gravest threat to sustainable human development." Kriek with two professional cyclists will compete in the Cape Argus Pick 'n' Play Cycle Tour, the longest timed cycle tour in the world that last year attracted more than 35,000 riders...

Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy awarded 17-year contract with Pinellas County, Fla. -- Estimated at $615 million over the term of the deal -- PARIS, Jan. 26, 2007 -- During meeting of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners in Clearwater, FL, on Jan. 23, Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy Inc. was awarded the contract to be the long-term operator of the Pinellas Waste-to-Energy Facility by unanimous approval. The $25 million yearly contract extends for 17 years, representing an estimated total turnover of $ 615 million over the term when including facility refurbishments. Veolia ES Waste-to-Energy, which is a division of Veolia Environmental Services North America, manages 10 other such facilities across North America...

Skanska wins biggest ever U.S. order for N.Y. Giants/Jets Stadium -- It's U.S. unit, Skanska USA Civil, takes on construction of first-of-its-kind NFL facility -- STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 26, 2007 -- Skanska's American units have been awarded the design/build contract for the new Meadowlands NFL Football Stadium in New Jersey. The contract sum amounts to US$998 million [SEK 7.4 billion], which is included in the company's order bookings for the first quarter of 2007. The customer is Meadowlands NFL Football Stadium LLC. This is the largest U.S. order ever for Skanska, which has been and is involved in a number of U.S. sports stadium projects. The new stadium will be the home field for the New York Giants and the New York Jets, the first facility built specifically to accommodate two U.S. National Football League (NFL) teams. An open air facility seating 82,000 with 217 box suites, the stadium will also be used for concerts and other entertainment and sports activities...
Also see: "Skanska awarded $67.5 million East Coast wastewater plant project"

Sioux Corp. announces new field service program -- BERESFORD, SD, Jan. 25, 2007 -- Sioux Corp., a world leader in custom, application-specific equipment for steam-heat technologies, unveiled a new field service program, including complete startup training and field service performed by Greg Heiberger, Sioux's factory trained service manager. Heiberger has 15 years of experience in manufacturing, quality control and customer field service for products such as pressure washers, steam cleaners, steam generators, water heaters, and solution heaters used in a range of industries...
Also see: "Sioux Steam Cleaner Corp. is now Sioux Corp."

American States Water Company announces election of new director -- SAN DIMAS, CA, Jan. 25, 2007 -- American States Water Company today elected Diana M. Bonta as a Class I director of the company to serve until its annual meeting in 2007 or until her successor is duly elected and qualified. Dr. Bonta was also elected as a director of two of the company's subsidiaries, Golden State Water Company and Chaparral City Water Company. She is the vice president of public affairs of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Southern California Region, and served as director of the California Department of Health Services from 1999-2004...

Deloitte, Safe Water Network announce clean water initiative at World Economic Forum -- The need for clean water in communities throughout the world inspires powerful collaboration to identify and assess locally managed distributed water -- DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 24, 2006 -- Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the Safe Water Network today announced a program to develop small-scale, community-based solutions to bring safe water to neglected populations. The 12-month program will target several developing geographies, potentially including Bangladesh, China, India, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, where distributed water purification technology solutions are expected to improve community access to clean drinking water. Deloitte Global CEO William G. Parrett, along with Kurt Soderlund, chief operating officer of the Safe Water Network, announced the Deloitte member firm commitment to the clean water initiative and outlined the objectives of the program for the next 12 months...

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