Xylem Strengthens Presence in Qatar

    Xylem Inc., a well-known global water technology company, which opened its Qatar office in end of 2016, held a conference in Doha to connect with its growing network of partners and customers. The Xylem team delivered updates on their best-in-class portfolio of solutions, and reaffirmed the company’s vision of being a market leader in Qatar’s water sector in the presence of over 100 key industry consultants and contractors. “This is a significant event for Xylem. Qatar’s ambitious infrastructure plans reinforce the need for water solutions that are smart, adaptable, and capable of handling complex tasks at hand. We expect to forge stronger ties with partners, customers, and end-users allowing us to deliver exceptional technical expertise, service and support,” said Vincent Chirouze, regional director, Xylem Middle East and Africa. “By utilizing our manufacturing plant in Dubai to support demand spurred by various infrastructure projects, we remain committed to helping Qatar achieve success in its ambitious roadmap for the future.” The newly opened office is located at Al Jazeera Tower, 34th Floor Diplomatic Area, in Doha, and is part of Xylem’s USD35 million investment strategy in the Middle East and North Africa. Additional facilities include a manufacturing plant and rental and services business in Dubai, as well as an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Xylem inaugurated its manufacturing plant and rental and services business on October 2016. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services, and agricultural settings. With its October 2016 acquisition of Sensus, Xylem added smart metering, network technologies and advanced data analytics for water, gas and electric utilities to its portfolio of solutions. The combined Company’s nearly 16,000 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2016 revenue of USD3.8 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.  

    Ajman Sewerage Expands its Network of Customer Service Centers

    Ajman Sewerage opening

    Ajman Sewerage Private Company Limited forecast that they will serve up to 600,000 customers by the year 2020. The growth is mainly attributed to a steady growth in population primarily of people living and working in the emirate, along with the expansion of the sewerage infrastructure in Ajman. Speaking while officially unveiling the company’s new and modern customer service center, Christophe Ledur, Ajman Sewerage’s General Manager said that the number of walk-in customers in their customer service centers had seen an increase of 33% over the last year. “With the opening of this new customer service center, our main objective is to enhance the ability of our customers to interact with us in a timely, convenient, and effortless manner,” said Christophe Ledur. The new customer service center, which encompasses a fresh and contemporary design, is strategically located along Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid road close to Rawdha bridge. “In addition to this brick-and-mortar we also strongly focus on the development of our digital offer, which now includes the use of e-services and e-payments through our mobile application and our website,” added Christophe Ledur. This achievement, according to Christophe Ledur, is part of the company’s customer convenience strategy under the leadership of Ajman Sewerage’s Chairman, Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi. A significant percentage of the company’s transactions are currently being processed through its digital channels. In addition, Ajman Sewerage has also partnered with leading financial institutions, remittance companies and strategically located payment kiosks in a bid to allow its customers perform their transactions conveniently.

    Chairman of Metito Supports SDG

    Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman - Metito

    The Intergovernmental Institution for the use of micro-algae spirulina against malnutrition (IIMSAM), the Intergovernmental Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council has appointed Mutaz Ghandour, Chairman and CEO of Metito Holdings as a Goodwill Ambassador. Commenting on this appointment, Mutaz Ghandour said: “The objective of this institution is to eradicate malnutrition in Africa by 2030 in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Human access to basic nutrients, be it food or water, is a basic right yet 1 out of 6 people lack access to safe drinking water, and 1 in 3 people suffer from malnutrition. With 60 years of experience in the water industry, we understand the importance of creating awareness about these issues and to advocate those rights. I am confident that there is much to be done to eradicate malnutrition and aiding the development of Micro Algae Spirulina in Africa is one step forward’’. Mutaz Ghandour continued: “The benefits of spirulina for nutritional purposes are well documented, edible algae is a cost-effective, healthy, protein rich, food supplement. In addition Spirulina has the potential to improve food security while also benefitting the environment by requiring less land to produce the same amount of protein and energy than livestock and other crops. The development of Micro-Algae Spirulina needs a reliable source of water so in that respect we are ideally placed to provide guidance in this area as well. As well as raising the profile of micro-algae spirulina as a tool in the fight against malnutrition, Mutaz Ghandour has pledged to support the development of Spirulina Feeding Centre in Kisumo, West of Kenya’’. Mutaz Ghandour added: “This project is in-line with our values as a company. There is a clear need to seek out new solutions, fresh ideas and approaches to deal with the challenges of malnutrition, just as much as we need to address lack of access to clean and safe drinking water. This is exactly what Metito endeavors to do by investing in R&D and looking for new next generation technology that can help communities efficiently and sustainably.” The Secretary General of IIMSAM Remigio Maradona said: “We are extremely fortunate to have an ambassador of Mutaz Ghandour’s calibre and stature supporting our cause. His immense industry knowledge and huge experience in the water industry will be an enormous asset in creating awareness of and supporting the fight against malnutrition. Spirulina is an ecologically sound way of producing high protein food that can benefit the millions of people around the world who most need it. I look forward to working closely with Mutaz Ghandour to achieving some real progress in turning the potential of Spirulina into reality”. Metito is the provider of choice for total intelligent water management solutions in the emerging markets with operations covering three business areas: design and build, specialty chemicals, and utilities. With over sixty years of operational experience, the group provides customized, comprehensive and advanced solutions across the full spectrum of its industry, from clean to dirty water. With a mission to sustain the world’s water resources, Metito provides effective water management and treatment systems that can reconcile the ever growing water demand and the dwindling natural resources. Committed to a cleaner environment, Metito endeavors to utilize its world-class global knowhow to provide millions of people across the globe access to clean and safe water.

    Emerson Completes Pentair Acquisition

    Emerson announced that it has completed the purchase of the Valves & Controls business from Pentair for USD3.15 billion. “This acquisition enables us to continue to grow our global footprint in automation and expand our leadership position in key served markets such as chemical, power, refining, mining and oil and gas,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr. “By adding these highly respected products and aftermarket services to our portfolio, Emerson is better positioned to serve the needs of our global customers.” Headquartered in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, the Valves & Controls business is a leading provider of valve solutions and services with nearly 7,500 employees around the world.  The business will be integrated into Emerson’s Automation Solutions platform. Mike Train, Automation Solutions executive president, said, “Pentair’s Valves & Controls business fits extremely well with Emerson’s existing portfolio of Fisher control valves and regulators and Bettis actuators.

    Aqualia Signs a Contract to Build the Abu Rawash Treatment Plant

    Abu Rawash Treatment Plant, Cairo

    Hassan El Far, CAPW Chairman (Construction Authority for Potable Water and Wastewater), Luis de Lope, Aqualia’s International Director and Maged Abadir, Orascom Chief Operations Officer (the company which completes the consortium alongside Aqualia) have signed the contract for the design, construction and maintenance of the Abu Rawash wastewater treatment plant in Cairo (Egypt). Once finished, the plant will treat 1.6 million cubic meters of water per day and will serve six million people, making it one of the largest in the world. The signing took place at Prime Minister Sherif Ismail's office, who took charge of directing the ceremony. It was attended by Moustafa Madbouli, Ministry of Housing; Sahar Nasr, Ministry of International Cooperation; and Mohamed Kamal el Daly, Giza’s Governor. Also present were Arturo Avello Díez del Corral, Spanish ambassador in Egypt, and José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, Mexican ambassador in Egypt, as well as Khaled El Degwy, Concessions Director of Orascom. Representatives of FCC Construcción, the company leading the delivery of the project, and representatives of the African Development Bank, the entity responsible of financing the operation, were also present. The project, valued at USD320 million, was put out to tender by the Egyptian Ministry of Town Planning. It is a DBO (design, build and operate) contract that includes a three-year operation and maintenance period. Although the initial agreement with the Egyptian government included a concession for 20 years (including financing), the economic situation in Egypt made it advisable for the investment in the project to be assumed entirely by the Egyptian state, abandoning the original idea of a concession type contract. The scope of the work includes the enlargement of the existing primary treatment plant from 1.2 million m³/day to 1.6 million m³/day and the addition of biological treatment. The Abu Rawash contract is part of the ambitious program for water and sewerage actions by the Government of Egypt and has the backing of the African Development Bank, a multilateral organization the purpose of which is to finance development projects on the African continent. This is the third major project undertaken by Aqualia in Egypt after it was chosen in 2010 to design, build, finance and operate for 20 years the New Cairo wastewater treatment plant. Located in the capital of Egypt, this was the first contract awarded in the country as a public private partnership (PPP). The improvement of the sewerage and treatment services is one of the goals set by the United Nations in the Millennium Development Objectives (MDO) and the New Cairo plant was praised by the international organization as "an example and engine for social development." In 2016, the Egyptian Ministry of Defence awarded Aqualia the project for the El Alamein desalination plant. Located on the Mediterranean coast in an area of growing tourist development, the plant will treat 150,000 m3/day. As a company specializing in the design, building and operation of all types of water and sewerage infrastructure, Aqualia operates 445 treatment plants and 33 desalination plants on four continents. In this sense, the company contributes significantly to the improvement of the quality of life of the societies in which it works. Together with its experience in treatment and sewerage projects, the company works on various R&D initiatives to apply new technologies to these processes. 
    Aqualia is the water management company of FCC, one of the well-known providers of public services in Europe. The company is the third largest private water company in Europe and the seventh in the world, according to the latest ranking by the industry publication Global Water Intelligence (GWI), and serves 22.5 million users. 

    Safe Drinking Water to 50,000 Kenyans

    Water solution provided

     A two-year project to bring safe, affordable drinking water to more than 50,000 of the poorest residents in Nairobi, Kenya, has now been inaugurated after successful completion earlier this year. The initiative was co-funded by OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development), the UK Government’s Department for International Development and Borealis and Borouge through their joint corporate social responsibility programme Water for the World™. 
    An estimated 60% of Nairobi’s population live in informal settlements, with little access to water and sanitation. The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company has in the past found it difficult to invest in these services because of the haphazard design of the settlements, inadequate resources within the utility and a perception that residents would be unwilling to pay for services.  Residents without access to piped supplies therefore buy water from private street vendors, at much higher prices.
    The initiative extended the existing network into the settlements, using high-quality polyethylene (PE) pipes. This allowed pre-paid water dispensers to be installed, which are now providing water for as low as one tenth the price that consumers used to pay to water vendors.
    “Innovative PE pipes can play an important role in addressing the global water challenge,” says Dorothea Wiplinger, Borealis Sustainability Manager. “…because they last three times longer than existing pipes, suffer fewer breakages and need less maintenance.”
    Says Craig Halgreen, Vice President Corporate Sustainability at Borouge. “… we have experience in developing sustainable water systems for all kinds of environments.”

    Pell Frischmann Designs Water Infrastructure System on Aconex

    Pell Frischmann Iraqi water plant design project

    Aconex Limited, provider of the #1 global platform connecting teams on construction and engineering projects, has helped Pell Frischmann manage the design of a much-needed USD700-million water infrastructure rehabilitation project in Iraq. Pell Frischmann is one of the UK's well-known engineering, development and management consultancies, involved in over USD1 billion in construction projects annually. The Water Supply Sector Loan Project involved refurbishing aging facilities and building new infrastructure to support the public health of residents in the Ninewa, Anbar and Salah El Din Governorates of Iraq. The entire water system had been long overdue for a major upgrade. “The people here badly needed this system,” said Stewart Neal, civil engineer at Pell Frischmann and design manager on the project. “Since water demand exceeded supply, water would be turned on for 24 hours in one zone of a city, and the next day water would be turned off in that zone and directed to another zone. The intermittent water supply and low water quality created public health risks.” In 2012, the Iraqi Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works utilized financing from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the redesign and reconstruction of water intake facilities, water treatment plants, transmission facilities, and distribution pipelines. Following an international tendering process, the Ministry awarded the design project to Pell Frischmann. Active in Iraq since 2004, the firm had won the British Expertise International Masterplanning Project of the Year Award in 2017 for its collaborative work on the country’s transportation infrastructure. With design teams in Exeter, London, Baghdad, and Mumbai, and a client in Iraq with an unreliable IT infrastructure and security issues, Pell Frischmann knew the project would present challenges. The firm selected the Aconex platform to be able to store, access and share design data securely in the cloud, manage complex design reviews, track approvals, and keep all communications and processes connected to the project rather than lost on email or internal servers. Even then, Aconex helped Pell Frischmann quickly avert problems that the firm could not have anticipated. “We found that the client preferred to review and approve designs on paper,” explained Neal. “Sending design documents by mail or courier was expensive and time-consuming. File sizes and regional connectivity issues made email impractical.” Aconex solved the problem with project-wide collaboration, connecting the entire team and all project data on a single platform. This allowed the design team in the UK to upload large design documents so that the team in Iraq could download and print them for the client. Each document went through multiple revisions during the design phase of the project. 

    “Aconex was much faster and more secure than emailing because we were sending links to the files stored on the platform rather than the files themselves,” said Neal. “Our team in Baghdad always had the current versions plus easy access to all the history.”  Using Aconex also helped Pell Frischmann avoid all the IT issues typically associated with onboarding a geographically dispersed team of 150 people across different organizations. “We never had to get IT involved at all to support the product or to install software,” said Neal. “Learning the system was relatively straightforward, and we needed only a web connection to access it. Aconex saved us an enormous amount of hassles not only within our own organization but across the project team.” The design phase of the project was completed on schedule due to the visibility and control Aconex gave Pell Frischmann. “There was never any ambiguity about who was holding up the workflow,” said Neal. “Everyone could see who had approved designs, where the bottlenecks were and who needed to take action.” “The Iraqi water system design is yet another example of our leadership in Middle East infrastructure projects across multiple sectors,” said Steve Cooper, general manager, UK and Ireland, at Aconex. “We are pleased with the opportunity to deliver value to Pell Frischmann and its project team, and we look forward to supporting the firm with similar projects in the future.”

    Technology Is Proven with Technocore PVC Piping System

    Technocore ML PVC- U

    Traditionally in the Middle East, soil and drain PVC pipes are extruded as a single solid monolayer during the manufacturing process. Technocore pipes are manufactured by a more complex production process and are composed of three distinct layers- a solid PVC outer layer, a rigid PVC foam middle layer and a solid PVC inner layer. This innovative technique produces pipes with improved performance properties whilst reducing the total material content. Hepworth's Technocore technology was developed together with the Wavin Group, based in the Netherlands, one of the world's leaders in PVC multilayer plastic pipe technology. Although this technology is new to the Middle East region, it has a solid track record and has been specified and used in Europe for over 25 years. Indeed, in Europe, the majority of PVC soil and drainage pipes are now manufactured using this technology. PVC multilayer plastic pipes are also widely accepted in North America, Australia, South Africa and many other countries around the world because of their superior performance and environmental advantages. Multilayer pipe technology was originally developed to improve the performance of pipes and to help the construction industry to achieve a lower carbon footprint, leading to a more sustainable world. There is a growing demand from governments, agencies and legislative bodies for greener products, i.e. those that require less energy and use fewer natural resources Our new Technocore technology, which reduces the usage of carbon during manufacturing, helps our customers meet increasingly tough new regulations and their own sustainability commitments. The main benefits of multilayer technology are: Pipes are up to 20% lighter, making handling easier and improving site efficiency. Pipes are stronger and have more impact resistance than conventional solid wall pipes, so they are less prone to damage when being transported and when handled on site. Reduced material usage means that there are environmental advantages with regard to the lower carbon footprint (16% reduction in CO2 emissions over the whole supply chain). Wavin is a global supplier of plastic pipe systems and solutions and has built its reputation on 60 years of high quality and innovation. The international headquarters are located in Zwolle, the Netherlands, and the company, which employs 5,500 people, has a direct presence in over 25 countries with 30+ manufacturing sites. Wavin is part of Mexichem, one of the world’s suppliers of petrochemicals and plastics with over 18,000 employees and sales exceeding USD3 billion. Hepworth is the well-known manufacturer and supplier of integrated piping systems in the GCC. Operations were established over 40 years ago in Dubai and the company now manufactures pipes and fittings on three locations in the UAE and Qatar. In addition, it serves customers through operating companies in Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and export throughout the MENA Region and beyond. The company supplies PVC, PE, PPR, ABS piping systems and accessories to the building, utilities, infrastructure, industrial, agricultural, irrigation and water treatment sectors. Hepworth is a part of Corys Building Materials, a holding company based in Dubai, UAE, which manages two other leading regional construction and building materials business: Corys Build Centre and Corys Geosynthetics. 

    Remote Monitoring of Water Networks


    SOFREL AS RTUs range provides a solution combining ease of use and performance for the monitoring, process control and remote management of water and wastewater facilities. It benefits from the 40 years of technological expertise acquired by LACROIX Sofrel in the fields of electronics, industrial IT and telecommunications, backed up by the company’s specialization in the market for remote monitoring of water networks. For simple and user-friendly operation, the AS RTU range make use of standard tools, such as the Web browser, and are able to communicate over any transmission media (GSM, GPRS, Dedicated Lines, Licence-free radio, Ethernet, etc.). The integrated display allows visualization and setting of all the data managed from the AS without the need of any specific device. Completely modular in terms of I/O’s and communications, the AS RTUs can be easily adapted to all types of applications. In addition to the integrated secure communication and smart data archiving features, SOFREL AS has an ST and LADDER process control workshop and a dedicated function block library for water applications. This offers great program creation flexibility in order to provide solutions that perfectly meet the expectations of integrators and operators. RTUs 100% designed for water network management: Monitoring of network installations and 24/7 alarm management, optimized operation of facilities (ideal for energy savings and preventive maintenance), remote control and inter-RTU communication, automated functions from simple commands to process control, extended remote control and monitoring functions (archiving, automatic balances, etc.).

    ELGEF Plus Branch Saddle System Topload

    GF Piping Systems Topload

    The ELGEF Plus branch saddle system Topload for large dimensions up to 2000mm by GF Piping Systems offers now an even safer installation. The integrated pressure testing connection for the outlet dimensions d160 and 225 mm offers the possibility to perform a pressure test of the branch saddle before the tapping of the main line and therefore a safe and cost effective installation. GF Piping Systems adds the feature of an integrated pressure testing interface to its Topload branch saddle system for large dimensions with an outlet dimension d160 and 225 mm. The system now allows a safe pressure test up to 18 bar in advance of the tapping of the main line. The pressure test for the Topload saddles with main pipe dimensions d315 to 2000 mm can now be done simply and efficiently with a standardized testing plug. This not only reduces the testing effort, but also saves time and expensive mechanical joints. The ELGEF Plus branch saddle system Topload convinces based on the proven principle of the ELGEF Plus modular system. In the area of large PE installations for gas, water and industrial applications it provides superior modularity and flexibility. The functional design and the interaction of the high-performance components, enable a simple, quick and safe assembly on-site. GF Piping Systems offers system solutions, high-quality components, jointing technologies and services for the safe transport of water, chemicals and gases. Besides GF Automotive 
    and GF Machining Solutions the company is part of the Georg Fischer AG group, founded in 1802, with its headquarter in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. GF Piping Systems serves its customers in more than 100 countries and develops and produces products for the use in industry.

    DC Power Supply

    High-performance QUINT POWER power supplies feature new functions to ensure superior system availability. The unique SFB Technology and preventive function monitoring increase the availability of client’s application. Via the NFC interface, signaling thresholds and characteristic curves such as the output voltage can be individually adjusted.

    The advantages:
    SFB Technology selectively trips standard circuit breakers; loads connected in parallel continue working
    Preventive function monitoring indicates critical operating states before errors occur
    Signaling thresholds and characteristic curves that can be adjusted via NFC maximize system availability
    Easy system extension with static boost; starting of heavy loads with dynamic boost
    High noise immunity, thanks to integrated gas-filled surge arrester and more than 20 ms mains failure buffer time
    The uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) continue to deliver power even in the event of mains failure. The company offers UPS solutions for AC and DC applications and protect the client’s system against power supply failure.

    SFB Technology

    UPS for DC Application
    Furthermore, Phoenix Contact integrated solutions with power supply or energy storage offer a space-saving UPS system. Its software allows to configure and monitor the UPS system. Clients can use the buffer modules to extend their UPS system and to also bridge short failure times lasting up to 30 seconds. 

    The clients’ advantages:
    UPS solutions for every requirement and application: use in industry, building automation or engineering as well as the supply of AC and DC loads
    Space-saving: Plug and Play solution integrates a power supply or energy storage
    Flexible, thanks to the modular system: for load currents up to 40 A and buffer times lasting several hours
    Full use of the energy content: processes and applications continue to be supplied for as long as possible