Aquatech awarded contract to supply a Thermal Desalination (MED) System for the SOHAR Refinery Improvement Project in OMAN

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Source: Aquatech International Corporation

SHARJAH, UAE -- quatech, a global leader in water and wastewater technologies for the industrial and infrastructure markets, has been awarded a contract to design and supply a Multiple Effect Distillation (MED) seawater desalination system for Orpic’s Sohar Refinery Improvement Project in Oman.

Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company) specified MED technology for uninterrupted water supply to boilers and other site needs. The desalination facility will supply pure water to boilers, service water as well as potable water.

Aquatech's scope of services includes design, equipment supply, testing and commissioning of three MED units, complete with accessories and post treatment systems, to produce distilled water within a challenging schedule as demanded by the project. Aquatech is supplying the system to a Petrofac – Daelim Joint Venture that has the full EPC contract for the whole refinery project.

“Aquatech is committed to ongoing innovation in the solutions it provides to customers around the globe. Our MED technology – a cornerstone of this project – has been developed and enhanced over decades of in-house research and onsite experience worldwide. It will provide a reliable source of water, which is very critical for operation of the refinery, considering that the area is prone to red tide, which affects the operation of desalination systems,” said Sandeep Rastogi, Sales Manager – Middle East, Aquatech.

Expected to be commissioned in early 2016, the system supplied by Aquatech will comprise:

  • three Multiple Effect Distillation with Thermal Vapor Compression (MED-TVC) units, each with a net capacity of 5,352 m3/day
  • three Fractional Electrodeionization (FEDI®) demineralization units, each with a capacity of 3,360 m3/day of ultrapure water for boiler feed
  • two remineralization dosing skids for the production of service water and potable water

The desalination facility will treat seawater from the Indian Ocean to produce pure water with less than five mg/l of total dissolved solids. Plant steam will be used to provide the energy to operate the desalination units. It is designed for a performance Gain Output Ratio (GOR) of over 6.3. The demineralization system consists of the patented FEDI process and will provide ultra pure water with less than 0.1 ppm of dissolved solids for boiler feed water.

About Aquatech

Aquatech (www.aquatech.com) is a global leader in water purification technology for industrial and infrastructure markets with a focus on desalination, water reuse, and zero liquid discharge. The company is headquartered in the United States, and has a significant presence worldwide through subsidiaries in India, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Aquatech strives to provide technology leadership and performance excellence to the global water industry, and aims to support its clients with cutting-edge sustainable solutions, minimizing their life cycle cost, as well as their carbon and water footprint.

About Petrofac

We are an international service provider to the oil and gas production and processing industry, with a diverse customer portfolio including many of the world’s leading integrated, independent and national oil and gas companies.

We design, build, operate and maintain oil and gas facilities, delivered through a range of innovative commercial models, enabling us to respond to the distinct needs of each client and helping them to transform the value of their assets across the oil and gas life cycle. Our service offering is underpinned by our ability to develop resource holders’ local capability through the provision of skills training with competency development and assurance frameworks.

Around 20,000 employees operate out of seven strategically located operational centers, in Sharjah, Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Woking, Chennai, Mumbai and Kuala Lumpur and a further 24 offices worldwide. Petrofac is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: PFC).

For additional information, please refer to the Petrofac website at www.petrofac.com

About Daelim

The Daelim Group began with the establishment of Daelim Industrial in 1939. This flagship unit leads the engineering and construction and petrochemical operations. Daelim consists of 13 affiliates together with organizations devoted to educational and cultural pursuits. The Group’s activities span building and housing construction, civil engineering, industrial facilities, petrochemicals, information and communications, automobiles, education and cultural activities. Daelim’s corporate philosophy stresses the ideal of improving peoples’ lives by offering customers the highest possible value.

For additional information, please refer to the Daelim website at www.daelim.co.kr

About Orpic

Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company) was created through the integration of Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals Company LLC (ORPC), Aromatics Oman LLC (AOL) and Oman Polypropylene (OPP). Today, Orpic is one of Oman’s largest companies and is one of the most rapidly growing businesses in the Middle East oil industry. Orpic’s refineries in Sohar and Muscat, as well as the aromatics and polypropylene production plants in Sohar, provide fuels, chemicals and feedstock to Oman and to the world.

Orpic currently employees around 2000 people – more than 75% of whom are Omanis. By 2018, Orpic’s workforce is set to double, with three major growth projects expanding Orpic’s refinery and plant operations, including: Sohar Refinery Improvement Project, Liwa Plastics Industries Complex, and Muscat-Sohar Product Pipeline.

For additional information, please refer to the Orpic website at www.orpic.om

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