ITT Industries to build desal plant in Middle East

ITT Industries's newly formed advanced process separation unit Aquious has been awarded a contract to build a 30 mgd reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Middle East. The ITT news release announcing the contract did not specify which country but noted that the draw point would be the Arabian Gulf...

BROWN DEER, WI, Oct. 20, 2004 -- ITT Industries's newly formed advanced process separation unit Aquious has been awarded a contract to build a 30 mgd reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Middle East.

To meet the ever growing demand for water in the region, the local Authority has approved the plans for implementation of this prestigious project and Aquious has been issued the contract from the local Engineer, Procure and Contractor supplying the turnkey package. Aquious will design, manufacture, supply and install all products for the new Desalination Plant.

The plant will take its water from the Arabian Gulf and will turn sea water into water for municipal use including drinking water. The contract includes a sea water intake pumping station, a complete pre-treatment system, an RO system and post treatment system.

Robert L. Ayers, president of ITT Industries' Fluid Technology said, "This order is yet another example of our ability to provide total solutions for our customers. The combined strengths of Aquious and our other brands, in this case Goulds Pumps, form a unique combination, enhancing our range of offerings to the global water and process industries. It reinforces our position as a premier global provider of advanced water treatment solutions."

Announcing the new contract, Jorg Menningmann, general manager of WET (Water Equipment Technologies) group within Aquious, said, "We are committed to delivering the highest value proposition and most favorable life cycle-cost through expert technical solutions. Our relationship with our client is built upon our company's ability to deliver high quality products and systems in a timely manner."

The new contract offered unique challenges, since an innovative system needed to be designed specifically for this project. Aquious met this challenge by meeting the high performance standards required for delivering reliable and economical drinking water to the people of this region." said Chuck Reading, president of Aquious.

Aquious will perform the mechanical installation of the equipment and provide the basis for the civil design. The plant is planned to begin operations in February 2006.

About Aquious
Aquious (www.ittaquious.com) is a global leader in environmentally safe membrane technology and has been providing water treatment solutions for over 25 years. Its range of products and technologies include desalination, treatment of surface water, reuse and industrial process separation.

About ITT Industries
ITT Industries Inc. (www.itt.com) supplies advanced technology products and services in key markets including: fluid and water management, including water treatment; defense communication, opto-electronics, information technology and services; electronic interconnects and switches; and other specialty products. Based in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated $5.63 billion in 2003 sales.

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