With the world’s largest and most advanced desalination plants, IDE demonstrates technological leadership, high efficiency, reduced cost and environmental responsibility
Kadima, Israel, April 10, 2014 – IDE Technologies today announced it was named as the Global Water Awards category winner of the Desalination Plant of the Year, Sorek, constructed in partnership with Hutchison Water International Holdings Pte. Limited. Sorek is the world’s largest and most advanced seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant. This award recognizes the plant as the most impressive technical and ecologically sustainable achievement in the industry. IDE also received a distinction award in the category of Desalination Company of the Year – IDE earned the winning title in 2011.
The Global Water Awards honor achievements in the global water industry in categories including Desalination Company of the Year, Desalination Plant of the Year, and Desalination Deal of the Year, which IDE won with its partners in 2013 for the Carlsbad Project, the largest seawater desalination plant in the western hemisphere.
Last year, IDE completed the Sorek plant (624,000 m3/day), as well as China’s largest desalination plant at the Tianjin SDIC power station (200,000 m3/day), and a 60,000 m3/day facility at the Vasilikos power plant in Cyprus. IDE also began construction of the Carlsbad Project (204,412 m3/day), for which the company was selected to design, operate and maintain the plant for 30 years. In addition, Reliance Industries Ltd. chose IDE’s SWRO solution to expand India’s largest desalination plant, and Mulpha Australia selected the IDE PROGREEN™ chemical-free, modular RO ‘plant in a box’ to provide high-quality clean water to its Hayman Island resort.
IDE also signed a strategic partnership with Beijing Enterprises Group and formed a research partnership with Clean Harbors to increase the reliability of Mechanical Vapor Compression (MVC) evaporators to treat oil sands produced water in Canada. Global Water Intelligence (GWI) cited that, “IDE continues to innovate in order to meet the demands of its clients,” and that IDE’s initiatives “will ensure that IDE remains at the cutting edge of the desalination industry for at least another four decades.”
The Sorek plant, completed successfully and ahead of schedule, provides clean water for more than 1.5 million people, or 20 percent of Israel’s municipal water demand. “In a revolutionary departure from other large-scale SWRO facilities, the Sorek plant employs 16-inch membranes in a vertical arrangement. This innovation reduces the number of elements, pressure vessels and piping headers required [and] allows fast installation and increased accessibility,” GWI cited. Also, “smart design and construction within the boundaries of a uniquely challenging site footprint has enabled the plant to be environmentally sensitive, despite its gargantuan size, with no shoreline impacts due to underground pipe-jacking technique.”
For more information, visit www.globalwaterawards.com
A world leader in water treatment solutions, IDE specializes in the development, engineering, construction and operation of some of the world’s largest and most advanced thermal and membrane desalination facilities and industrial water treatment plants. IDE partners with a wide range of customers – municipalities, oil & gas, mining, refineries and power stations – on all aspects of water projects, and delivers approximately 3 million m3/day of high quality water worldwide.
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