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Kuwait''s first large-scale seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant contract awarded

September 18, 2008

The Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) of Kuwait awarded Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction the 136,000 cubic meters per day Shuwaikh Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Desalination Plant with recarbonation system, according to the Associated Press. Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction is executing the project on an EPC basis. Doosan Hydro Technology, a wholly owned US based subsidiary, will provide all basic process design engineering and detailed engineering review services. Energy Recovery, Inc. a global leader of ultra-high-efficiency energy recovery products and technology for desalination, was contracted for its innovative PX Pressure Exchanger technology for the Shuwaikh SWRO project. Water sustainability is a growing concern in the Middle East and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water has taken proper measures to sustain a potable water supply for its communities. The Plant is Kuwait’s first seawater desalination plant using SWRO technology. It will supply drinking water for 450,000 residents in Kuwait City. Under the contract, Doosan will design and build the plant, which will be located near Shuwaikh port, and will supply equipment and materials. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2010. Doosan Hydro Technology selected Energy Recovery, Inc.’s (ERI) largest commercially available 65-Series product, the PX-260 energy recovery device, due to its high efficiency, high flexibility and small footprint. The project will include 187 PX-260 PX Pressure Exchanger® energy recovery devices which will save an estimated 12.7 megawatts of power. Assuming a power cost of $0.05 kWh, ERI’s PX Technology energy recovery solution will save the project an estimated $ 7.2 million of energy costs per year compared to operating with no energy recovery. Several desalination plants throughout the Middle East and North Africa utilize ERI’s PX technology to cut costs. From large plants in Algeria and the UAE to smaller plants throughout Egypt and Saudi Arabia, ERI has focused its efforts on providing the region with advanced energy recovery solutions.