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Toray to supply RO membranes to world`s largest RO seawater desalination plant in Algeria


Source: Japan Corporate News - JCN

Toray Industries announced that it has won an order from Hyflux Ltd to supply reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for the world's largest membrane-based desalination plant to be, with the actual delivery of the product planned for 2010.

The Magata Seawater Desalination Plant, to start operating in 2011, will boast water production capacity of 500,000 cubic meters per day, up 50% compared with the current biggest plant in Israel, which has a capacity of 330,000 cubic meters per day.

The plant will be constructed in Magtaa, Algeria, located near Oran, the country's second-largest city. Hyflux Ltd. of Singapore won the contract to design, build and manage operation of the plant for 25 years.

Tory's RO membranes for the plant will have the world's highest level of boron removal capability, and the ability to produce large water throughput while saving energy.

Typically, the diameter of the pores on membranes has to be made extremely small in order to facilitate the removal of boron, thus drastically reducing the water production capacity of the entire plant.

Toray, however, exploiting its proprietary molecular design technology, is able to achieve the removal of boron while controlling the microstructure of pore diameter at the sub-nanometer level (1 angstrom = 1/10 billion meter), which will enable the Magtaa plant to continue producing water at optimum levels.

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