WaterBriefs: TORR Canada awarded US$20.9 million contract

Also in this report: Alion awarded $2.8M Navy water purification contract; AGT completes NIH biofilm contract; Japanese certify FuelCell Energy sewage-gas-fueled power plant; International Power Group to build two waste-to-energy plants in Mexico; Graham Corp. wins $2.4M in surface condenser contracts for Asia, Middle East; ConSentry Networks' controller picked to deliver managed LAN security services; Siemens UV disinfection systems receive DVGW certification; Itron to buy Quantum Consulting...

In other news below:
-- Alion awarded $2.8 million Navy contract for water purification technology
-- AGT completes biofilm contract with NIH
-- Japanese certify FuelCell Energy power plant fueled with sewage digester gas
-- International Power Group to build two waste-to-energy plants in Ensenada, Mexico
-- Graham Corp. wins $2.4 million in surface condenser contracts for Asia, Middle East
-- Star Energy to acquire Terrabyte and Mohican River enhanced water flood oil prospect
-- ConSentry Networks' controller selected to deliver managed LAN security services
-- ObjectVideo enters OEM partnership with Cornet Technology Inc.
-- IDS Worldwide Inc. HLS Division signs major security contract
-- Siemens UV disinfection systems receive DVGW certification
-- Itron to acquire Quantum Consulting Inc.
-- Calif. DWR increases 2006 State Water Project allocation to 80%
-- Johnson Matthey responds to government indictment
-- WaterPartners passes 100,000 lives milestone on World Water Day
-- $100 million to support clean waterways, control pollution in 23 Pa. counties
-- Bio-Solutions continues its quest with biodiesel

TORR Canada awarded US$20.9 million contract
MONTREAL, Canada, March 27, 2006 -- TORR Canada Inc., a world leader in hydrocarbon remediation technology, today announced it has been awarded a contract by SK Engineering & Construction (SKEC), one of the world's leading engineering, procurement and construction organizations, for US$20.9 million for seven sets of TORR water treatment systems that will treat 260,000 barrels per day of produced water.

This contract could be worth up to US$22.4 million if SKEC agrees to all of the options that TORR has proposed. The systems will be used by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) in conjunction with their intensive program to upgrade and relocate underground process piping at 10 gathering centres and a booster station.

"Our bidding book continues to grow and we are now beginning to see solid results from the conversion of our outstanding pipeline of quotations into revenue," said Alain Ferland, President and CEO of TORR Canada. "This contract gives us an entry point into the Middle Eastern market and represents a meaningful accomplishment towards our goal of increasing our market penetration worldwide."

Revenue will be recognized upon delivery which is expected to occur during fiscal 2007. As per TORR's business model, it is expected that a yearly supply of RPA(R) cartridges will be required to treat these 260,000 BPD of produced water.

TORR Canada Inc. (www.torrcanada.com) -- formerly EARTH (Canada) Corp. -- is a world leader in the development of leading edge technologies for hydrocarbon remediation. Through the use of its TORR(TM) System, a Total Oil Remediation and Recovery unit and its proprietary RPA(R) Cartridge, a reusable petroleum adsorbent, TORR Canada focuses on the extraction of hydrocarbons from upstream Oil & Gas produced water. The Company provides to its customers superior economic and environmental benefits. For more information, please refer to TORR's website at www.torrcanada.com

Also see: "TORR Canada sells water treatment system for well cleanup on offshore facility in West Africa"

Among other recent headlines:

Alion awarded $2.8 million Navy contract for water purification technology -- Science and technology company to lead the design and fabrication of demonstrator system -- MCLEAN, VA, March 27, 2006 -- Alion Science and Technology was awarded a $2.8 million cost plus, fixed fee contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division - Philadelphia (NSWCCD - Philadelphia) for the detailed design and fabrication of a second generation, high capacity, high purity water purification unit in support of the Office of Naval Research Expeditionary Unit Water Purification (EUWP) program. Under the contract, Alion will act as the program manager for detailed design and fabrication of an advanced, high capacity, high purity water purification technology demonstrator scheduled for seawater desalination testing at Port Hueneme, CA in June 2007. Through project management and budget control, Alion will be responsible for all costs associated with the project and ensuring the demonstrator meets NSWCCD - Philadelphia performance goals and is delivered on time for testing. The advanced water purification technology will reduce the power required to make potable and high purity water...

AGT completes biofilm contract with NIH -- KNOXVILLE, TN, March 27, 2006 -- Atmospheric Glow Technologies Inc. (AGT) has recently completed a two-year study with the National Institutes of Health demonstrating the feasibility of using its atmospheric plasma technology to destroy biofilms that impact human health. Biofilms are communities of microorganisms that are firmly attached to a surface such as a urinary catheter, a medical implant, or the inside of dental unit water lines. Once established, biofilms are extremely resistant to antibiotics and other common antimicrobial compounds. The impact on health is tremendous; a study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control has estimated that 65% of hospital-acquired infections result from biofilm...
Also see: "AGT Inc. announces senior management change"

FuelCell Energy power plant fueled with sewage digester gas certified efficient, grid-safe and ultra-clean by key Japanese industry group -- Independent industry group validates Direct FuelCell use in wastewater treatment; certification expected to streamline process of marketing future DFC sales in Japan -- DANBURY, CT, March 27, 2006 -- FuelCell Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean and efficient electric power generation plants for commercial and industrial customers, today announced that the Japan Institute of Wastewater Engineering Technology (JIWET) has completed a comprehensive review of the DFC300A power plant operating at Seibu Wastewater Treatment Plant, certifying that the product meets or exceeds the independent industry trade group's examination standards for electrical efficiency, heat recovery efficiency, air emissions and operational stability in anaerobic digester gas (ADG) applications. Certification of the Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) unit by JIWET was the result of more than a year of testing and evaluation by the group in conjunction with the city of Fukuoka, operator of the Seibu plant; Marubeni Corporation (TSE:8002), FuelCell Energy's Asian distributor; and Kyushu Electric, one of Japan's five largest utilities...

International Power Group receives initial approval to build two waste-to-energy plants in Ensenada, Mexico -- CELEBRATION, FL, March 27, 2006 -- International Power Group Ltd. announced today that the company has received written confirmation from Cesar Mancillas Amador, mayor of Ensenada, Mexico, of his government's approval of the initial process to construct and operate two waste-to-energy plants. Ensenada is a region of Mexico that is located 70 miles south of the Mexican-California border, a 90-minute drive from San Diego.
Peter Toscano, CEO of International Power Group said the approval will allow it to begin construction of a twelve module plant in La Mision, and a three module plant in Vicente, Guerrero, Mexico. Based on the waste disposal contracts currently have in place, he anticipates revenue generated from our La Mision plant can exceed $300 million in its first full year of operation...
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-- "International Power Group Opens Office In Mexico"

Graham Corp. wins $2.4 million in surface condenser contracts for Asia, Middle East -- BATAVIA, NY, March 27, 2006 -- Graham Corp. has been awarded multiple surface condenser contracts valued at approximately $2.4 million by a Japanese turbo machinery manufacturer. The equipment will be installed in a Middle Eastern ethylene plant and in three Asian crude oil refining plants. Revenue for these contracts will be recognized on a percentage-of-completion basis, and shipments are presently scheduled for the latter half of fiscal year 2007, which ends March 31, 2007. William C. Johnson, president and CEO, commented that, as a result of higher consumption of consumer products, which are manufactured with ethylene and petrochemical by-products, ethylene capacity is expected to double in these regions over the next 10 years to keep pace...

Star Energy to acquire Terrabyte and Mohican River enhanced water flood oil prospect -- SALT LAKE CITY, March 27, 2006 -- Star Energy Corp. has executed a letter of intent to acquire Terrabyte LLC, an oil and gas exploration company with headquarters in Allegan, MI, that's positioned to initiate an enhanced secondary recovery water flood development to produce oil from the Mohican River field located in the vicinity of the Perry Township, Ashland County, Ohio. Projected economics for the project are excellent with an estimated undiscounted net cash flow of $178 million over the next 19.5 years representing a potential 21:1 profit to investment ratio...

ConSentry Networks' secure LAN controller selected to deliver managed LAN security services -- Information Security Services provider igxglobal inc. deploys ConSentry for secure LAN access control at environmental engineering specialist HydroQual -- MILPITAS, CA, March 27, 2006 -- ConSentry Networks, a leading provider of secure LAN solutions, today announced its Secure LAN Controller has been selected by igxglobal, a leading information security services provider, as the centerpiece for launching a new managed LAN security services program. igxglobal is leveraging the Secure LAN Controller to deliver comprehensive LAN security services that include network admission control, visibility and auditing, user access control and threat containment, all provided by a single platform that integrates seamlessly with existing LAN infrastructures. igxglobal's initial implementation of its new managed LAN security services is with HydroQual, a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm. The company evaluates the presence and impact of pollutants in natural water systems, assesses and optimizes water and wastewater treatment processes, and provides environmental hydrodynamics and sediment transport modeling...

ObjectVideo enters OEM partnership with Cornet Technology Inc. -- Integrated transportation sector embraces intelligent video surveillance -- RESTON, VA, March 27, 2006 -- ObjectVideo, a leader in intelligent video, announces today its partnership with Video Convergence, the video surveillance products and integration services division of Cornet Technology Inc. (CTI). Video Convergence is partnering with ObjectVideo to dramatically expand their product offerings by adding intelligent analysis to its interactive video security and surveillance solutions. This effort is in response to the growing need for solutions that enable organizations to quickly and effectively respond to critical awareness situations and to distribute real- time video to multiple responders and decision makers in different locations over multiple viewing devices. As part of this effort, Cornet Technology's Video Convergence will embed ObjectVideo OnBoard® into its Intelligent Transportation and Surveillance (ITS) solutions. Using ObjectVideo intelligent video, Video Convergence's customers can now proactively address traffic flow problems and traffic hazards such as debris on the roadway...

IDS Worldwide Inc. HLS Division signs major security contract -- HLS signs security and monitoring contract for WAPDA town society involving 3,800 houses -- ORLANDO, FL, March 27, 2006 -- IDS Worldwide Inc. today announced that IDS Homeland Security Divisions (HLS) signed a security contract with WAPDA in Lahore, Pakistan. WAPDA is the Water and Power Development Authority for all of Pakistan. HLS will provide security installation, monitoring and HLS private armed police response cars for the entire housing society. This deal doubles the amount of contracts signed by HLS since its inception in less than a year, making it the fastest growing security company in the Gulf region. It recently opened offices in Dubai and will open a new office in Karachi on May 1...

Siemens UV disinfection systems receive DVGW certification -- ESSEN, GE, March 24, 2006 -- Disinfection systems of the UV Wave and UV Astron/Barrier M series have been issued with the certificate for "UV systems for disinfection of water supply" by DVGW (Deutsche Vereinigung des Gas- und Wasserfaches e.V., or the German association for gas and water). This makes Wallace & Tiernan, a subsidiary of the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S), the first company in the world to offer certified UV systems with low-pressure as well as with medium-pressure lamps.

Itron to acquire Quantum Consulting Inc. -- SPOKANE, WA, March 24, 2006 -- Itron Inc. announced today it has signed an agreement to purchase Quantum Consulting Inc., a nationally recognized energy consulting firm based in Berkeley, CA. Quantum Consulting offers a wide range of consulting services relating to energy efficiency and demand response program evaluation, planning, and design, as well as market research. This team will join Itron's existing Consulting and Analysis group to offer a more comprehensive set of consulting and research services spanning energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy and distributed generation, market research, load research, and general analysis of energy usage and end-user decision making. The group will provide support to major energy utilities, government agencies and other clients throughout North America. The Quantum group will relocate to Itron's Oakland office.

Calif. DWR increases 2006 State Water Project allocation to 80% -- SACRAMENTO, March 24, 2006 -- The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced it is increasing its allocation of 2006 State Water Project (SWP) water for long-term contractors from 70% to 80% of requests. Dan Flory, chief of the Department's State Water Project Analysis Office. He credited a huge March snowpack increase for giving DWR the opportunity to provide SWP contractors 80% of their requests.

Johnson Matthey responds to government indictment -- WAYNE, PA, March 23, 2006 -- Johnson Matthey Inc. and two of its managers were formally charged by an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City on March 22nd with a number of environmental issues dating back to the time period 1999 to 2002 involving the company's Salt Lake City, Utah gold and silver refining facility. This follows an investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice and the state of Utah that has spanned over three years. The charges relate to operation of the plant's wastewater treatment facility. Johnson Matthey has cooperated fully with the EPA, DOJ and the state of Utah throughout this review. Johnson Matthey will continue to cooperate and work with the Department of Justice and EPA in an effort to resolve these charges and is prepared to defend against them in Salt Lake City federal court, if necessary...

WaterPartners passes 100,000 lives milestone on World Water Day -- Organization brings sustainable sources of clean water to people in more than 100 communities in battle against world's leading killer -- KANSAS CITY, MO, March 22, 2006 -- Water-related disease claims more than five million lives every year, but over 100,000 people in developing countries now have a sustainable supply of clean water thanks to innovative programs spearheaded by Kansas City-based WaterPartners International. WaterPartners promotes cost-effective community water projects, extensive education on the importance of clean water and sanitation and a range of other programs designed to give the people most in need the chance to not only survive, but dramatically improve their quality of life. Fifteen years after its first project in Honduras, the non-profit organization today marks this major milestone on the 14th World Water Day...

Grants worth $100 million to support community growth, clean waterways, control pollution in 23 Pa. counties -- HARRISBURG, PA, March 22, 2006 -- Gov. Edward G. Rendell today announced that Pennsylvania is investing more than $100 million to clean up state waterways and improve wastewater and sewage facilities that will enhance the quality of life and economic growth in dozens of communities in 23 counties. Funding for nutrient-reduction technology activities is $32.6 million. It will be used to support the installation of nutrient-reduction technology in wastewater treatment plants. This technology removes nitrogen and phosphorus from treatment plant emissions, a critical step in improving water quality in many streams, as well as the Chesapeake Bay. Over $51 million dollars will also be used for Combined Sewer Overflow and Sanitary Sewer Overflow. Combined Sewer Overflow, as the name implies, combines sanitary and storm sewer drainage in common pipes and carries the total flow to sewage treatment plants. Sanitary Sewer Overflow, on the other hand, involve sanitary sewer systems with old pipes that are not water-tight, allowing storm water to enter the system and be carried to the treatment plant...
Also see:
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-- "DEP Secretary to Tour Best Management Practices on Local Farm Reducing Nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay"
-- "Pennsylvania Clean Energy Expo & Industrial Workshop to be Held March 31-April 1"
-- "Report Says Nearly 60 Percent of Pa. Facilities Exceeded Clean Water Pollution Limits"

Bio-Solutions continues its quest with biodiesel -- HATTIESBURG, MS, March 21, 2006 -- Bio-Solutions Manufacturing Inc., in conjunction with Bio-Solutions Franchise Corp. and its subsidiary, BioExtraction Services, produced their first batch of biodiesel from extracted oils and grease from wastewater using the BioExtractor™.
The equipment, which will be installed primarily in restaurants and municipal collection systems, will extract the oils and grease generated by commercial cooking establishments. This breakthrough will bring customers into compliance with municipal discharge ordinances and provide Bio Solutions with what will now be a valuable feedstock to make biodiesel. The extracted oil and grease from each serviced establishment will be brought to a central location where it will be converted into biodiesel...


In earlier newsbriefs, see: "WaterBriefs: Severn Trent Services provides arsenic removal technology in Arizona" -- Also in this report (March 21, 2006): Emerson's water quality monitoring system verified by the EPA; Intergraph selected by Australia's South East Water; AFS fall conference to focus on power generation; Scrubber and adsorber sales will exceed $5 billion this year; Asian environmental market to exceed either Americas and Europe/Africa; University of Arkansas engineering researchers invent new oxygenator/ozonator; Thompson Pump opens newest branch near Charleston, SC; American Galvanizers Association announces Hot-Dip Galvanizing Award winners; CULTEC Inc. announces new manufacturing representative; Eastern Europe's first fully large-scale automated meter monitoring network ramps up; U.S. city of St. Petersburg adopts Wallingford Software's InfoNet...


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