Veolia Wins Contract to Design and Build Aruba Desalination Plant

Sept. 17, 2010
New plant will replace aging facility

Two Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies companies, N.A. Water Systems and OTV, were awarded a contract to design and build a 24,000-cu-meter-per-day/ 6.34-million-gal-per-day desalination facility on the island of Aruba. The desalination plant will treat seawater from beach wells to provide high-quality drinking water to the island.

The project will be performed on a 22-month schedule. The contract was issued by Water en Energiebedrijf Aruba N.V., the island’s electric and water utility.

According to Veolia, the desalination facility will utilize the latest reverse osmosis technology to replace thermal desalination units operating with low-pressure steam from steam turbines. The turbines are fed with steam from fuel-fired boilers. The new facility will be more economical to operate and better for the environment.

The contract includes performance guarantees for water production and quality, minimal downtime, and electrical and chemical consumption. In addition to the design-build work, the contract includes an option for one year of onsite operations assistance and two years of offsite technical assistance.

“Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies is pleased to be working with Aruba on this project. We have a long history with the island, dating back to 1932 when we installed the first desalination plants there,” said Paul Choules, vice president of desalination for N.A. Water Systems. “This new desalination plant will provide the community with a more efficient treatment process and enable Aruba to phase out the older technology.”

Source: Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies

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