- From: Vol 5, Issue 3 (March 2004)
- Category: Need to know
- Region: Unspecified
- Country: Algeria, India and Switzerland
- Related Companies: IDE Technologies, Ionics, Toray Membrane Europe AG, Veolia Environnement (formerly Vivendi Environnement) and Weir
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Algerian oil and gas company Sonatrach awarded a €1.7 million contract to Weir Entropie for the engineering and construction of a 1,440m<sup>3</sup>/d desalination plant.
The plant will be installed at a petrochemical complex in Arzew and produce pure water for process application. The project covers supply of a skid-mounted low temperature distillation unit, piping connections and associated civil works. Delivery is due in 11 months. Weir Entropie’s Paris office will oversee the project and subcontract the construction work to a local firm.
IDE Technologies has won the tender to build an million 15,000m3/d multi-effect distillation desalination plant for one of India’s largest refineries, located in the State of Gujarat. IDE Technologies has already supplied the Gujarat refinery with four desalination facilities in recent years, each producing 12,000m3/d of desalinated seawater. Avshalom Felber, CEO of IDE Technologies, said that his company won the Gujarat tender facing tough competition from several Asian desalination companies. He added that IDE Technologies has been active in India for over a decade, supplying eight desalination plants for refineries and for several industrial companies.
Swiss-based membrane specialist Ropur AG has been renamed Toray Membrane Europe AG. Toray increased its stake in Ropur, which markets Toray membranes in Europe and the Middle East, a year ago as part of a strategy for strengthening its international presence. Klaus Kallenberg, the founder of the company, has been moved sideways to be executive vice president, following the appointment of Yoshio Ozaki as managing director. The management continue to hold a 30% interest in the firm, with Mitsui Bussan Plant & Project Corporation holding the remaining 10%. All eyes are now on the US market where Toray is marketed as Toray Membrane America, a joint venture with Ionics.