WaterBriefs: Telvent tapped for water supply management system for Qatar

Also in this report: Pa. vote to reduce mercury from power plants lauded; Philadelphia Mixing Solutions parent changes name; INSEQ to manufacture Ovation products; Devcon to sell Virgin Island operations for $10.7M; Wal-Mart agrees to $1.15M Conn. stormwater settlement; Cyrus Industries, Global Water Technology merger complete; ArWest chooses Analog Devices for core platform; Baker appoints Quast municipal water, wastewater director; DTE Energy unit buys energy projects from Duquesne Light...

In other news below, see:
-- PennFuture praises EQB for vote to reduce mercury from power plants
-- Philadelphia Mixing Solutions parent becomes Wind River Holdings
-- INSEQ executes manufacturing agreement with Ovation products
-- Devcon to sell U.S. Virgin Island materials operations for $10.7 million
-- Interim results show continued growth at Grundfos
-- Flowserve completes $1 billion debt refinancing
-- Wal-Mart agrees to stormwater settlement; pledges cooperation with Conn. DEP
-- Cyrus Industries, Global Water Technology Inc. merger complete
-- ArWest chooses Analog Devices' Blackfin as core processing platform
-- Baker appoints Quast as director of municipal water, wastewater programs
-- DTE Energy subsidiary purchases energy projects from Duquesne Light Holdings
-- Adams joins Jones & Stokes Water Resources Group

Telvent awarded contract for water supply management system for Qatar
MADRID, Spain, Aug. 16, 2005 -- Telvent GIT S.A., a global real-time information technology company, has been awarded a contract by "Kahramaa," the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation, to implement a water management system for the supply of drinking water in Doha, capital of the State of Qatar. The contract is valued at about US$10.5 million. Telvent will design and install a turnkey supervisory, control and data acquisition (SCADA) system as well as the related communications infrastructure for the drinkable water supply network in the city of Doha and surrounding area...
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PennFuture praises EQB for vote to reduce mercury from power plants
HARRISBURG, PA, Aug. 16, 2005 -- Governor and DEP secretary lauded for Environmental Quality Board vote to write regulations requiring Pennsylvania's coal-fired power plants reduce toxic mercury pollution. The 16-3 vote shows strong support of the petition asking for a state limit on mercury filed by Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future (PennFuture), on behalf of its members and a coalition of over 60 organizations including health care, sporting, women's rights, faith-based, children's advocacy and conservation organizations...
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Philadelphia Mixing Solutions parent becomes Wind River Holdings
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA, Aug. 16, 2005 -- The AMC Group L.P., a privately-held investment company, will change its name to Wind River Holdings, effective immediately. Among its companies is Philadelphia Mixing Solutions, of Palmyra, Pa., a equipment and process optimization specialist for chemical processing, wastewater treatment, tank storage, and other fluid mixing applications...
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INSEQ executes manufacturing agreement with Ovation products
MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ, Aug. 16, 2005 -- INSEQ Corp. will manufacture Ovation Products Corp.'s proprietary new Clean Water Appliance, a fire-hydrant sized appliance that can generate 25 gallons of pure water per hour from a variety of dirty water input sources at a cost of approximately $0.004 per gallon, or about 1.2% of the cost of traditional home distillation methods. Both companies are partially owned by GreenShift Corp...
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Devcon to sell U.S. Virgin Island materials operations for $10.7 million
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL, Aug. 16, 2005 -- Due to a net loss for the three months ended June 30 of $420,000 and $2 million for the first half of the year, Devcon International Corp. agreed to sell operating assets of its U.S. Virgin Islands materials operations to an unnamed private investor group. The loss is primarily attributable to a $650,000 decrease in Construction Division operating income, a $456,000 increase in interest expense associated with the purchase of Adelphia Communications' electronic security services business completed on Feb. 28, and a $306,000 severance charge resulting from a Materials Division management realignment...
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Interim results show continued growth at Grundfos
BJERRINGBRO, Denmark, Aug. 16, 2005 -- During the first six months of 2005, the Grundfos Group has registered pre-tax profits of US$71.57 million. Apart from last year's record of US$76.38 million, this is the best interim result ever. Sales have increased by 7%, and turnover reached US$1.05 billion...
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Flowserve completes $1 billion debt refinancing
DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2005 -- Flowserve Corp. completed its previously announced $1 billion refinancing of its high yield notes, Term A and Term C loans, and consolidation of its revolving credit and backup liquidity facilities on Aug. 12. The company also announced it will redeem all of its 12.25% Senior Subordinated Notes with face amounts of $188.5 million and EUR 65 million. It currently expects to save more than $20 million of interest expense annually through these actions. Separately, the company said it will incur about $10 million of expenses in 2005, including about $6.5 million in non-cash stock compensation expense, related to the CEO transition and certain stock compensation actions...
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Wal-Mart agrees to stormwater settlement; pledges cooperation with Conn. DEP
BENTONVILLE, AR, Aug. 15, 2005 In deal concerning violations at 20 Wal-Mart stores and two Sam's Club locations, the company will pay $600,000 in civil penalties for incidents alleged to have taken place between 1996 and 2003. It also will contribute $550,000 to two different supplemental environmental projects -- $500,000 to assist municipalities in addressing stormwater issues, and $50,000 for environmental projects in the Connecticut River Watershed...
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Cyrus Industries, Global Water Technology Inc. merger complete
TORONTO, Canada, Aug. 15, 2005 -- New Cyrus subsidiary now known as Avant Acquisition Inc. Company will focus on exploitation of Avant's Water Sentinel System, which monitors and gathers water data for chlorine, pH, turbidity, water temperature, ambient air temperature and water flow rate on small to mid-sized commercial water sites...
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ArWest chooses Analog Devices' Blackfin as core processing platform
NORWOOD, MA, Aug. 15, 2005 -- Powered by Blackfin processor, ArWest wireless communications offers solutions for utilities, oil & gas, asset management, water, environmental monitoring, agriculture, transportation and military applications to enable data acquisition for real-time inventory tracking, public safety, environmental monitoring...
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Baker appoints Quast as director of municipal water, wastewater programs
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, Aug. 15, 2005 -- Michael Baker Jr. Inc., an engineering unit of Michael Baker Corp., announces R. Scott Quast, P.E., has been named assistant vice president and director of municipal water and wastewater programs for the company's mid-Atlantic region. His role includes leading municipal water business development and expansion strategy in the area and oversight of water-related operations in Virginia Beach, Va., and Baker's recently opened office in Manassas, Va...
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DTE Energy subsidiary purchases energy projects from Duquesne Light Holdings
DETROIT, Aug. 15, 2005 -- The subsidiary, DTE Energy Services, develops and operates all types of industrial energy equipment, including support systems such as electrical equipment, steam boilers, wastewater treatment and lighting systems, compressed air, chilled water and air handling equipment. The purchase price for all six onsite energy projects will total from $35 million to $40 million...
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Adams joins Jones & Stokes Water Resources Group
SACRAMENTO, CA, Aug. 15, 2005 -- Lea G. Adams is now a senior water resources engineer at Sacramento firm. She brings extensive capabilities in surface water modeling and project management to her new position with Jones & Stokes. Before relocating from Seattle in 2001, she worked on riverine and hydroelectric dam-related studies in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent work includes a number of challenging FEMA floodplain studies in Northern California and Washington, as well as projects in Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area...
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In earlier newsbriefs, see:
-- "WaterBriefs: Global demand for water meters expected to rise to 68 million by 2010" -- Also in this report (Aug. 11, 2005): MDI Security Systems' iTRUST wins award, is chosen for Raleigh, N.C., project; Utility Communicators International awards Wisconsin Public Service top honors; New web documentary explores Florida's St. Johns River; Amiad completes installation of filtration system for Florida golf club; Wastewater circulators offer odor barrier at Shell Oil Martinez Refinery; Severn Trent Services appoints sales manager for arsenic treatment products...

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