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OriginClear subsidiary installs system for Otter Tail Power in North Dakota
OriginClear Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Progressive Water Treatment Inc. (PWT), completed the installation and successful launch of a twin, 300-gpm, ultra-filtration membrane system for Otter Tail Power at its Coyote Station in Beulah, N.D. This half-million dollar collaboration with Omaha, Neb.-based Consolidated Water Solutions features an ultra-filtration membrane system that treats surface water before it enters the reverse osmosis membrane system, which then supplies clean water to the steam generators.
“I want to personally congratulate Progressive Water Treatment for a well-executed project from design, fabrication, construction support and launch,” said Maverick Thompson, principal engineer for Otter Tail Power. “The smooth launch and support since made PWT a top supplier to Otter Tail. We look forward to working with PWT in maintaining this relationship for many years to come.”
“We are very happy with our long-standing relationship with Consolidated Water Solutions,” said Marc Stevens, president of PWT. “We are grateful to participate in this large-scale project. Many water treatment systems, whether municipal or industrial process systems, were installed decades ago and have a limited life. We are finding more and more opportunities in replacing these systems with newer membrane technologies.”
This is PWT's third large project so far this year. PWT is based in Dallas, Texas. In January, Minnesota-based public utility Xcel Energy awarded PWT a $1.8 million contract for a boiler feedwater treatment system that is expected to be installed by the end of the third quarter in 2016. In February, a power plant in the Northeast awarded PWT a $700,000 contract to upgrade and expand a large boiler feedwater treatment system that increased the existing plant’s capacity from 400 to 800 gpm.
Designed to process up to 860,000 gpd, the ultra-filtration membrane system replaces an existing cold lime softener, clear well and multiple pressure filters. As a result, it reduces the overall system cost by saving money on chemicals and operating labor. Additionally, the ultra-filtration membrane system decreases sludge and wastewater and improves the quality of the water entering the reverse osmosis membrane system enabling better overall system performance.
“The OriginClear Group is very excited to see the success of PWT,” said Bill Charneski, president of the OriginClear Group. “PWT is an excellent example of a water treatment company that solves problems for end-users. The company’s high degree of customer service and entrepreneurial spirit is exactly the type of company we are integrating as we build the OriginClear Group.”