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June 7, 2010

GE and Ramky enter into agreements for industrial water treatment

Dorothy Lozowski

GE (Fairfield, Conn.; and Ramky Enviro Engineers, an environment and waste management organization, have signed emergency water and industrial-wastewater treatment agreements specifically designed to address India’s industrial-wastewater treatment and recycling needs.

Under the agreement, GE’s ultra filtration (UF) and membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology will be utilized by Ramky for wastewater treatment and recycling in India’s industrial sector. The need for advanced wastewater treatment in this sector is increasing, and is driven by new regulations combined with greater efforts from the industry to meet environmental responsibilities, as well as a shortage of process water in most parts of the country.

Ramky and GE also will bring mobile water-treatment plants to the Indian water sector. Set up in containers and mounted on trucks, these plants can be moved quickly to destinations having emergency water requirements. The mobile plants also can help meet water requirements during periods of project implementation and construction as well as during the summer season when water shortage is endemic in India.

GE and Ramky have started working with industry segments such as pharmaceuticals, textiles, automotive, non-ferrous metals and tanneries. They are implementing projects in effluent treatment based on MBR and UF technologies at several sites including Pharma CETP, Pattancheru (Hyderabad), NTC, and Volkswagen India Ltd., Pune.

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