IDE Plants Shortlisted for 2 GWI Awards – Desalination Deal of the Year and Industrial Water Project of the Year

Carlsbad and Cape Preston desalination projects set milestones in North America and Australia

IDE is pleased to announce that two of its large-scale desalination projects have been shortlisted for Global Water Intelligence Awards. The financing package for the Carlsbad desalination plant in California has been shortlisted for the ‘Desalination Deal of the Year’ category. This award honors deals that represent a significant step forward for the water industry in terms of financial innovation or in meeting the demands of challenging circumstances. IDE’s Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Western Australia, Cape Preston, has also been shortlisted for Industrial Water Project of the Year, which acknowledges projects that represent the most impressive technical achievement in the field of industrial water.

Each year, the Global Water Awards recognize the most important achievements in the international water industry in several categories, including ‘Desalination Deal of the Year’, ‘Industrial Water Project of the Year’ and ‘Desalination Company of the Year’, which IDE won in 2011.

The Carlsbad project represents the largest seawater desalination plant not only in the U.S. but in the western hemisphere. IDE will be involved in the design and supply equipment for the plant, as well as the operation and maintenance of the plant for 30 years. The Carlsbad plant is expected to produce up to 54 million gallons (204,412 m3) of high quality water per day by 2016. GWI cited that “The Carlsbad financing package proves beyond all doubt that with the right determination, large-scale desalination infrastructure in the US can be financed.”

In addition, “the pioneering collaborative approach taken at Carlsbad will serve as a blueprint for the financing of other large-scale desalination projects across the southern U.S.”

The first stage of the Cape Preston plant supplies 70,000 m3 of water per day to an iron ore mine in Australia’s Pilbara region. The plant is ultimately expected to produce 140,000 m3 of water per day. GWI cited that “the entire plant was fabricated in 60 pre-assembled modules and tested in China before being shipped by sea to the job site,” and “the first time a pre-engineered modular plant has been built on this scale. It represents a revolution in the desalination plant supply chain”.

GWI also cited that “Cape Preston demonstrates that IDE is continuing to deliver innovation in every aspect of the desalination process, nearly 50 years after the company was founded.”

IDE will attend the Global Water Awards ceremony at the Global Water Summit, which will take place on April 22-23 in Seville, Spain.
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