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Dow Water & Process Solutions Awarded Desalination Plant of the Year

May 05, 2011
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According to Business Wire, Dow Water & Process Solutions was awarded “Desalination Plant of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence for its seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) facility in Kurnell, Australia. The award was presented by former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Anan, during the Global Water Awards ceremony on April 18 in Berlin, Germany. The Desalination Plant of the Year is given for the most technical achievement in the industry. Other partners in the award were Veolia Water, Sydney Water, Fichtner and the John Holland Group. The largest operating SWRO desalination facility in Australia, and the third largest in the world, the Kurnell plant began supplying water to customers in 2010. The 250,000 m3/d plant supplies 15 percent of Sydney’s water and can be expanded to 500,000 m3/d. Desalination is delivered via approximately 36,000 DOW FILMTEC™ reverse osmosis (RO) elements. In addition, energy requirements for the plant are offset with 100 percent renewable energy from a 67-turine wind farm, and the plant employs an extensive marine life monitoring program.

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