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Xylem wins $8m water treatment technologies deal in Kuwait

DUBAI, March 22, 2016

Xylem, a leading water technology company focused on addressing the world’s most challenging water issues, has won an $8-million contract to develop and supply customised technologies to a wastewater treatment and reclamation plant in Sulaibiya, Kuwait. 
 
Following a plant expansion currently under way, it will be one of the largest water reclamation facilities of its kind in the world, said a statement.
 
Kuwait’s average rainfall is less than 120 mm annually. Groundwater is the main naturally-occurring water resource, providing 36 per cent of Kuwait’s annual water supply, including 90 per cent of the water used for irrigation and landscaping. 
 
This resource, however, is overexploited, depleting rapidly and subject to pollution from various sources such as oil exploration and refining, insecticides, pesticides and fertilisers used for agriculture, landfill sites, industrial and commercial operations and soil contaminated by hydrocarbons during the 1991 Gulf War.
 
The expanded facility will serve the growing irrigation needs of the southern and western Kuwait catchment areas, treating 600,000 cu m of wastewater per day, using ultra filtration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) as tertiary treatment and polishing stages.
 
Vincent Chirouze, regional director for Xylem's Middle East and Africa region, said: “We are delighted to be playing a key role in the expansion of what will be one of the largest water reclamation plants of its kind in the world.
 
“In conjunction with Kharafi National, the project contractor, our optimised solution during secondary treatment will help create an efficient and effective system that will deliver clean reusable water to this arid, water-challenged region.”
 
Xylem will supply highly efficient and reliable treatment technologies for use during secondary treatment at the plant, including the company’s Sanitaire fine bubble aeration technologies, Flygt ultra low-head pumps and low-speed mixers, aeration blowers, stainless steel air mains and Flygt Jet aerators in the aerobic digesters, said the statement.
 
These technologies will ensure adequate secondary effluent quality for further treatment and polishing during tertiary stage, it said.
 
Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, project director for Kharafi National, said: “We are looking forward to the implementation of various equipment performance and optimisation concepts that Xylem’s engineering and research and development (R&D) teams have developed. Xylem’s willingness and commitment to join hands with Kharafi National and help us to expedite the project execution phase is commendable.” - TradeArabia News Service



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