Pressure vessels deal agreed for desalination plant

09 November 2011

Posted by Michelle Devonshire

An agreement has been signed for the provision of almost 2,500 pressure vessels for the extension of a seawater desalination plant in Australia.

Under the terms of the contract, BEL Composite Industries will supply the facility near Perth with the components, as operators aim to complete it in 2012, according to Desalination & Water Reuse.

Each of the pressure vessels will have an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Sec X stamp on it and will go to the Southern Seawater Alliance (SSWA).

BEL Composite Industries, part of BEL Group, has received a letter of award for the technology and will produce the pressure vessels for supply over the next few months.

The project at Binningup is an enlargement of the site commissioned in September this year that will duplicate the first plant, building a new facility with a capacity of 135,000 square metres per day.

BEL supplied pressure vessels for the original factory in 2009, which was constructed by an alliance comprising WorleyParsons and Water Corporation, Tecnicas Reunidas, Valoriza Agua and AJ Lucas.

In related desalination news, US nanotechnology specialist NanoH2O has announced that it has been given a 2011 Aquatech Innovation Award for its QuantumFlux reverse osmosis membrane.

The prize in the Water Supply category at the Aquatech Amsterdam Exhibition was in recognition of the product's "originality, feasibility and sustainability" and is the most energy-efficient of its type on the market.

"This award further validates the viability of nanocomposite membrane technology and strengthens our position within the global marketplace," declared Jeff Green, Chief Executive of NanoH2O.

QuantumFlux comes in a membrane flat sheet and spiral-wound elements and can be produced in significant quantities.

The water technology exhibition features companies involved in all areas of the industry, including process control and automation, transport and storage, innovation, treatment and supply.

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