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Aruba selects VWS firms for desalination plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

Two Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS; Saint Maurice, France; www.veoliawaterst.com) companies — N.A. Water Systems (www.nawatersystems.com) and OTV (www.otv.fr) — have been awarded a contract to design and build a 24,000 m3/d (6.34-million gal/d) desalination facility on the island of Aruba. The desalination plant will treat seawater from beach wells to provide high quality drinking water to the island. The project will be performed on a 22-month schedule. The contract was issued by Water en Energiebedrijf Aruba N.V. (W.E.B. Aruba), the island’s electric and water utility. The desalination facility will utilize the latest reverse osmosis technology to replace thermal desalination units that were operating with low-pressure steam from steam turbines. The turbines are fed with steam from fuel-fired boilers. As a result, the new facility will be more economical to operate and better for the environment. The contract includes performance guarantees for water production and quality, minimal downtime, as well as electrical and chemical consumption. In addition to the design-build work, the contract includes an option for one year of on-site operations assistance and two years of off-site technical…
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