In conjunction with its joint venture partner, the Tangshan Caofeidian Infrastructure Construction Investment Co. Ltd. (IIC), Aqualyng has hired engineering, procurement and construction contractor Hangzhou Development Center of Water Treatment Technology Co. Ltd. (HZWT) to start the construction phase of the 50,000m3/day seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant (SWRO) to serve the water needs of the Caofeidian Industrial Zone in China.
Having on November 18, 2009 signed definitive agreements on a build, own, operate, and transfer basis for the 50,000m3/day SWRO desalination project in Caofeidian, Aqualyng, a global desalination company headquartered in Norway and Dubai, has kicked off the construction phase of the project as of March 15, 2010.
The initial framework agreement for the project was signed back in December 2008. The product water will supply the Caofeidian Industrial Zone 220km east of Beijing, and is the first phase of an expected total of up to 300,000m3/day over the coming years. Aqualyng will operate the plant during the 30 year term of the offtake agreement as part of a joint venture with IIC. IIC is wholly owned by the local governing authority in Caofeidian and the project enjoys strong government support.
The plant will be built by HZWT and is expected to be completed during September 2011. Aqualyng will be supplying its patented proprietary energy recovery device, the Recuperator, to the plant. The total investment for the project is approximately $65 million.
‘This project is a breakthrough for Aqualyng,’ says Brynjulf Lomsdalen, CEO of Aqualyng Holding AS. ‘The Chinese market for desalination, one of the fastest growing in the world, has proven difficult for foreign companies to enter. It’s a source of pride that Aqualyng has been able to develop this project based on a contractual framework that we believe can serve as a model for future projects in China.’ The project features Aqualyng’s patented energy recovery device, the Recuperator, which Mr Lomsdalen adds, ‘has helped give us a competitive edge in this market.’