SWCC Chooses DSS to Accelerate Operational Improvements

    The signees

    Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is collaborating with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), the operations consulting business of DuPont, to improve operational performance and safety in the country’s desalination facilities. SWCC is responsible for about 70 percent of the total production of desalinated water in Saudi Arabia. The collaboration will enhance the operational excellence and risk management processes at SWCC to ensure a sustainable water supply for the people of Saudi Arabia. “Every activity taking place at SWCC now is to prepare for the privatization of the company. We want to create an environment that will allow SWCC to compete internationally so that ultimately, we have a sustainable business that the people of SWCC and Saudi Arabia can benefit from. DuPont’s experience in implementing operational improvement initiatives at their own facilities, and in the Kingdom, is an integral part of our improvement process,” said Ali Al-Hazmi, governor of SWCC. As part of SWCC’s aspirations to privatize and align with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 strategic objectives, the executive management decided to invest further in the transformation of its operations. While SWCC has long been committed to operational excellence, the implementation of these critical initiatives will enable SWCC to produce water in a more cost-effective way. DSS and its partners will start at some of SWCC’s biggest facilities – plants, transmission lines and headquarters. According to Abdullah al-Zowaid, deputy governor, Operations at SWCC, “This operational transformation project will aim at strengthening our practices in risk management and operational excellence. The initiatives selected will focus on developing leadership capabilities, maximizing productivity, reliability and cost optimization.” Jean-Paul Sacy, senior manager at DSS added, “Behavioral shift is at the core of the DuPont operational excellence approach and will play a key role in driving change through the SWCC organization. We are looking forward to progressively developing and empowering the SWCC team to drive continuous improvement into the future.” The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is a Saudi Arabian Government Corporation responsible for the desalination of seawater-producing electric power and supplying various regions with desalinated water. The corporation was established by royal decree as an independent government corporation. It aims to consolidate the natural water resource in various regions and cities where there are severe fresh water shortages through the process of desalination. As one of eight businesses in DuPont, DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) is a leading provider of world-class operations management consulting services to help organizations transform and optimize their processes, technologies and capabilities. DuPont Sustainable Solutions is a partner of choice for many industrial companies throughout the Middle East. As an owner/operator, DSS is in a unique position to help companies transform its operations and extract more value.

    Liban Cables Adopts Solar Energy to Power its Plant

    Solar panels

    Under the auspices of the Minister of Energy and Water, Cesar Abi Khalil and the Minister of Industry, Dr. Hussein Al Hajj Hassan, in the presence of the Assistant Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Edgard Chehab, the President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists and the Chairman, Dr. Fadi Gemayel represented by Georges Nasrawi, and the Chairman and President of Liban Cables, Bassem El-Hibri, the opening event of a large solar power plant serving Liban Cables’ Industry in Nahr Ibrahim took place. The 601 kilowatt-peak solar power plant was co-financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Liban Cables through the Central Bank’s NEEREA loan program, and implemented by the UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Water. The project consists of 1,908 solar (photovoltaic) panels generating approximately 938,000 kilowatt-hours per year, contributing to significant cost savings at Liban Cables as well as a subsequent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 751 tons per year. This green energy will cover over 8% of the electricity needed by the plant to produce a wide range of building, industry and infrastructure cables. The Liban Cables’ plant is one of the biggest green energy projects in the country and the first one to be completed within the framework of the Small Decentralized Renewable Energy Power Generation (DREG) Project. The DREG project will cover a portion of the solar system’s cost through a grant by the GEF while the remaining cost will be financed through the National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action program (NEEREA) set up by Banque du Liban. NEEREA is a green financing mechanism supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for industrial, residential, commercial and non-profit use. Initiated by UNDP, the Ministry of Energy and Water, and Banque du Liban, NEEREA reflects the desire of the government to modernize the electricity supply and promote green energy projects in Lebanon. The event kicked off with the official speeches from the Chairman of Liban Cables, the UNDP’s Assistant Resident Representative, the representative of the Minister of Energy and Water and the Ministers of Industry, followed by a walk-through in Liban Cables, observing the solar installation from the roof and receiving a technical briefing on the system and its performance to date.

    Crystal Lagoons Signs 12th Egypt Project

    The project scheme

    Crystal Lagoons, the multinational water innovation company and developer of crystal clear lagoons, has signed a contract with Egyptian real estate developer, Tatweer Misr, to bring idyllic beachfront living to the USD117 million Fouka Bay development in Ras Al Hekmah. This is the second contract Crystal Lagoons has signed with Tatweer Misir, the first was for the ground-breaking project in Tatweer Misr’s flagship project Il Monte Galala in Sokhna, which will see the development of the first mountain lagoon in the world. The move brings the ‘world’s top amenity’ to the heart of the Fouka Bay project effectively turning each house into a waterfront home. In addition to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the destination, the crystal-clear lagoon will add significant value to the development by offering a range of USPs, including ample space for non-motorized watersports, such as sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming, all in a safe environment. The lagoons are developed using 30 times less water than a golf course, half the water required of a park of the same size, 100% less chemicals than a traditional filtration system and 98% less energy required by conventional water treatments systems. The low construction and maintenance costs, teamed with unmatched sustainable credentials, offer a substantial return-on-investment for TatweerMisr. “Our latest venture with TatweerMisr is further testament to the vital role Crystal Lagoons plays in the successful introduction of new and existing real estate and hospitality projects to the market” said Carlos Salas, the Middle East Regional Director of Crystal Lagoons. 

    Project Al Khumra WWTP Rehabilitation

    Set of HUBER Disc filter RoDisc® installed on site

    The treatment of industrial and municipal wastewaters on sewage treatment plants in most cases consists of a mechanical and biological stage (primary and secondary) as seen with a typical conventional activated sludge (CAS) process. Nowadays tertiary treatment after the secondary clarifier is more and more required to fulfil regulatory standards for discharge or reuse of the TSE (treated sewage effluent). Such third treatment stage usually consists of a micro screening or granular media filtration system, primarily with the aim to improve the TSE quality related to carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus concentration. On many plants a disinfection stage of the wastewater follows after the third treatment stage. UV disinfection for example removes up to 99.9% of all pathogenic germs contained in the wastewater. The WWTP Al Khumra is located about 30 km south of Jeddah City in the Al Khumra district, which is an industrial area. Sewage treatment on site presently consists of four phases. The plant operators (National Water Company - JCBU) started to refurbish phase two and three in 2014 to meet the latest standards and laws for effluent parameters so that "unrestricted water reuse" is possible. AK2, commissioned in 1998, is designed for 60,000 m³/d (peak: 1,042 l/s) and AK3, commissioned in 2004, is designed for 140,000 m³/d (peak: 2,430 l/s). The new legislation demands not only the reduction of dissolved substances, such as BOD, phosphorus or nitrogen, moreover the total suspended solids (TSS) in the effluent must not exceed 10 mg/l. To achieve this, the HUBER Disc Filter RoDisc® is used as micro screen to treat a total peak flow of 375,000 m³/d after the secondary clarifier and prior to UV disinfection. The removal of activated sludge flocks (TSS) and fine distributed suspended matter is the basic requirement for an efficient and trouble-free operation of the UV disinfection plant. The virtually solids-free effluent from the disc filter system reduces current consumption and increases not only the efficiency but also the lifetime of the UV disinfection plant. HUBER has installed 18 Disc Filters RoDisc® with 24 discs each, mounted within stainless steel tanks, at the WWTP Al Khumra. The disc filter operates on the basis of the well-proven system of drum filters. The disc filter consist of 24 horizontally arranged rotating filter discs installed on a central shaft and are submerged by up to 65% while in operation. According to the design the maximum inlet concentration of TSS is 40 mg/l; these remain in a “rest position” inside the discs during the filtration process. The suspended solids settle by gravity on the inner disc surface which leads to a gradual blinding of the mesh with the retained solids as the filtration process continues. That is resulting in an increasing differential water level between the inside of the disc towards the outside of the disc (surrounding filtered effluent). When the maximum internal / operational head loss has been reached, the solids are washed off from the filter surfaces by a spray bar whilst the filter disc is rotating slowly. The back wash water used is directly taken from the filtered effluent and provided via integrated multi-stage pumps fixed to the disc filter. An external wash water supply is not required. The removed solids are washed into a trough situated below the segment openings prior to being discharged back to the WWTP. The system installed at Al Khumra guarantees a TSE quality of ≤10 mg/l TSS. One filter disc consists of 12 single filter segments made of high-quality polypropylene. The filter mesh itself is made a stainless steel mesh following the end-users request. Polyester mesh is also available. A very special and unique thermal embedding process is applied to fix the mesh onto the filter segment frame. Thermal embedding achieves a form-locked connection of the mesh with the filter segment frame so that the mesh is permanently protected and safely fixed to the segment frame.

    Tormac: The Genuine From India for Delivering Quality Products

    Naargo Industries Private Limited, one of the well-known manufacturers of pumps and motors is owned by veterans who are in the pump industry for about half a century.  The products are employed in various applications like irrigation, domestic, civil construction, de-watering etc. The company has a strong distribution network in India and a strong global presence. Quality is the key factor in Naargo’s products. The expansive infrastructure and environment accredited with ISO 9001 quality certification, latest engineering soft wares, high-tech machinery, futuristic pumping technology and high caliber workforce facilitate the production of flawless and efficient products on par with international standards under the brand name of “TORMAC”.  The well-equipped R&D wing stays alive to the changing global trends and comes out with viable solutions for innovative product development and up gradation.

    Tormac submersible motor makes the difference
    There is a lot riding on motors. The fact of the matter is if the motor isn’t of the finest quality it has a direct bearing on the pump. Motors are sensitive to power failures and most often pump failure impacts motor performance too. That is why it is imperative that the quality standards of the motor are truly high. Tormac motors are truly world class and offers advantages that not many brands can match internationally. Apart from that, unlike other brands, Tormac is directly involved in the manufacture of motors so as to ensure that customers get the advantage of not only superior quality but easy access to components, spares and low cost service. The company also provides training at the distributor level to meet customer requirements at all times.  So when customers buy a Tormac motor they are assured of not only reliable performance but also durability that will last a lifetime. Tormac motors is the right choice for customers who look for long term performance and from regions where the vagaries of power -  high voltage fluctuations, improper power supplies- affect the products performance and life time. All Tormac Motors are produced in accordance with ISO 9001 standards and mounting dimensions with NEMA standard. Tormac Submersible Motors are rewindable type water filled motors 4” – 10” sizes with max rating up to 300 HP in DOL and SD connections. 50 Hz & 60 Hz, with different voltage options, 220 V, 230 V, 380 V, 415 V, 440 V, 460 V, 575 V options are available.  The range also includes 4” Oil filled motors -1 phase 0.5hp to 3.0hp & 3 phases with a rating up to 10Hp. 

    Customers also get the advantage fully stainless steel constructions and the company offers customized construction based on requirements. Apart from that, IP 58 / IP68, Oil seal and mechanical seal versions are available depending on the applications. Different winding types – PVC, Polywrap, XLPE, and PE2 - for different applications, high temperature area, mining applications, deep boreholes, irrigation, water treatment plants and dewatering applications are on offer. The stator shell, housing shell, and motor base are made of fabricated AISI 304 / 316 materials which prevent the motor from corrosion. Specially designed high performance thrust bearings are used that can with stand high axial thrust loads and up thrust loads with wear and tear.  The motors can withstand wide voltage fluctuations, high field temperatures, and are easily rewindable. 

    These Motors are manufactured at the company’s high tech facilities employing innovative technology. Every single product that rolls out of the factory is put through a battery of tests to ensure fail safe performances at all times. Given Tormac’s commitment to quality, the motors are nothing but world class. Reason why customers across the world rely on Tormac to deliver on the promise. As a company committed to innovation, quality and service, Tormac, has always looked at customer demands and requirements to ensure that their needs are met with innovative solutions. The company has a strong global presence and have found wide acceptance in diverse markets by virtue of superlative product performances. Also, the fact that Tormac designs pumps that are country specific adds to the acceptance factor.

    BIO-UV water treatment for waste water


    BIO-UV, an innovative industrial SME, leading European manufacturer of ultraviolet light water treatment equipment designs, manufactures and markets systems and concepts of disinfection by ultraviolet light (UV-C) adapted to a large number of applications:

    •  Domestic and urban water purification,
    •  Treatment of waste water which is reused or not as the case may be,
    •  Disinfection of water from industrial processes and ultra-pure water,
    •  Purification of fresh or salt water in aquariums, aquaculture
    •  Treatment of legionella,
    •  Treatment of ballast water: BIO-SEA® 
    •  Disinfection and dechloramination in private and collective swimming pools and spas,
    •  Production of drinking water in isolated areas using photovoltaic energy,
    Since its creation in 2000, BIO-UV has equipped more than:
    • 20 000 drinking water and waste water treatment systems
    • 8 000 fish ponds
    • 200 public aquariums
    and works worldwide, in particular in the Middle East area. BIO-UV has developed sanitizers using the most advanced UV technologies for tertiary treatment by disinfecting municipal or industrial waste water.
    BIO-UV treatment makes it possible to protect the environment downstream of the discharge of treatment plants, particularly when there are bathing areas, white water activities, fishing and aquaculture activities nearby, and reuse the purified waste water for agricultural irrigation, spraying of green open spaces and golf courses, or for industrial processes (washing water etc.) BIO-UV proposes a low and medium pressure technology and various types of reactors in order to adapt to the aims of the treatment and to the installation and maintenance constraints. In certain cases, prior filtration (on a sand bed) may be necessary.

    The UV treatment principle
    At 254 nanometers, the optimum wavelength for destroying micro-organisms (viruses, bacteria, algae, yeasts, mould...), UV-C rays penetrate to the heart of DNA and disturb the metabolism of cells until they are totally destroyed. All germs are thus deactivated (including Legionella and Cryptosporidium) and cannot reproduce.

    The reactors in the BIO-UV ranges are dimensioned according to the flow rate: it is the combination of the contact time in the reactor and the power of the lamp(s), that will ensure that the necessary dose (expressed in mill joules per square centimeter or mJ/cm2) sufficient to kill 99.9% of the micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses, algae in suspension,…) is received.

    The UV waste water treatment benefits
    - Continuous treatment and immediate effectiveness of the disinfection: the bacteria are destroyed in the reactor. There is therefore no need to provide contact times beyond the disinfection station
    - No disinfection by-products are produced that could pollute the environment or restrict the reuse of the water (as in the case of chlorine or ozone)
    - Simple technology, economic investment and operation, particularly compared to systems using membranes
    - Automatic maintenance and cleaning of quartz sleeves, guaranteeing the efficiency of the BIO-UV equipment
    - Continuous monitoring of the efficiency of the disinfection with remote management to meet operating requirements
    - Possibility of lamp power regulation in order to save energy

    Monitored Pressure Peaks Security for Every Eventuality

    LEO 5

    Pressure surges have been occurring for as long as liquid-filed pipes have been around. Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio complained about this phenomenon way back in the first century BC. In the lead and stone pipes of the Roman water supply, such severe pressure surges could build up that even stone blocks crumbled. To prevent this, Pollio recommended introducing the water slowly, avoiding very large quantities and holding the pipeline together at the elbows or bends using ties or sand ballast. More recently, the consequences of such pressure surges have become more severe in line with the increased capacities of pipelines. For example, on Saturday, 4 July 2009, 14 waterworks broke down throughout the city of Hamburg after a voltage dip. The abrupt failure of the pumps in the waterworks caused a pressure surge which spread across the water system like a shockwave and pushed the pipelines to their limit. When the power returned and the waterworks slowly began to operate again, the pressure building up in the pipes destroyed any which were previously damaged. A good 100.000 people living in Hamburg had no water for hours. The size of companies’ own systems can hardly be compared to that of Hamburg, but the impact of pressure surges is just as severe here: pipelines can burst, supports and other system components can be damaged and fittings, pumps and foundations can suffer too. The unpleasant consequences are expensive repairs and machine downtime, resulting in production stoppages. There are also hidden hazards, because damage to pipelines is not always visible straight away. This is why such systems are fitted with pressure dampers and sensors. However, this is unfortunately not enough, because this combination is not suitable for detecting and recording extreme pressure peaks. The cause of the pressure surges is the fact that the pressure of moving liquids in pipelines rises sharply due to the effects of inertia. As water is practically impossible to compress, its pressure increases particularly rapidly. The effect is similar to that of a solid object hitting a wall with full force. In general, pressure surges cannot be avoided, whether in liquid- or gas-filed pipe systems, because valves cannot close infiitely slowly. So all that remains is to minimize the severe impact of this type of pressure surge, which is why pressure dampers are installed in pipe systems. Pressure dampers alone are not enough to protect systems from damage. Although the overpressure valves in pressure dampers respond when a certain pressure limit is exceeded, they are too slow for overpressure peaks, which can arise in milliseconds. It is therefore sensible to install a special manometer like the LEO 5 from KELLER AG für Druckmesstechnik to monitor the system. This manometer measures the pressure trend up to 5000 times a second, detecting any extreme pressure with a high temporal resolution. As the analysis shows the exact pressure trend over days, hours, minutes and seconds, it is easy to investigate the causes of pressure peaks. For example, in one case it was determined that pressure peaks occurring in a fresh water system were a result of fie service deployment (see “pressure peak measurement” graph). Coming from the company’s latest generation of manometers, the LEO 5 combines accurate sensors with rapid, high resolution signal processing, peak recording and a memory with a time stamp. And all this is contained in a robust stainless steel housing with safety glass. The large LCD display is very easy to read in any kind of light thanks to its 16 mm-high digits and backlighting. The capacitive touch buttons allow you to navigate through the settings and measurements.

    A Product Always Number One


    Caprari's ongoing research is centered on the creation of eco-friendly products that both protect the environment and optimize energy efficiency and savings during operation. With its usual care to customer needs, the company has set itself the objective of making its products competitive both in the value of the initial investment and the operational and maintenance costs. In recent years Caprari has developed a comprehensive range of electric pumps produced with special materials, suitable for use in heavy duty conditions with brackish, aggressive, sandy and marine waters: the ENDURANCE series. These products are made using a precision stainless steel casting technique, which is capable of ensuring a high efficiency when combined with Caprari's sophisticated design systems, above all thanks to the optimization of the hydraulic profiles (complete absence of friction and turbulence). The high thickness of the stainless steel and the elimination of any welding lend the ENDURANCE series extreme resistance to wear from sand and abrasion. As of today the Endurance range has expanded to include a new 8" model. From design to manufacture, every aspect of these machines - materials, thickness, innovation and patents - is designed to make them the best performing, most reliable and most durable on the market. With a high head per stage, this series offers a smaller size, more reliability and greater savings compared to top competitors.
    Precision casting technology makes it possible to produce very thick components. The absence of welds guarantees continuous hydraulic profiles without friction and turbulence for greater durability and reliability compared to welded and molded steel sheet solutions. It is also possible to achieve performance curves centered on the duty point with specific impeller trimming. All components are made of AISI 316 stainless steel, which guarantees high corrosion resistance (40,000 parts per million of T.D.S. - Total Dissolved Solids).  In addition, for maximum reliability even in highly aggressive environments, the shaft and the joint are made of duplex. The feather key seat on the shaft end has been eliminated, increasing the component resistance thanks to the transmission through splines. The Endurance electric pumps are designed to withstand galvanic corrosion thanks to the exclusive DEFENDER® system, an intelligent passivation device designed and patented by Caprari that protects the machine from the very first moments after installation. Endurance electric pumps are suitable for applications with solid content up to 150 g/m3. They feature bearings with anti-recirculation lip protected against the introduction of sand. The special PROTECTOR® device, installed in Nema couplings between the wet-end and motor, perfectly seals the area, protecting the coupling and preserving the motor mechanical seal against solid substances.  Therefore Caprari represents an innovative approach, aiming at carrying out an ongoing improvement of the combination of products and services, while remaining focused on the needs of customers, for whom the company does not only represent a mere supplier, but an authoritative, reliable and attentive partner.

    Dikkan Valve Domains the Market

    Dikkan’s technologies

    Dikkan, established in 1978, has its place as one of the worldwide known foundry and valve manufacturer. With high knowledge of employees; company has ability to inspire confidence to the customers. Having modern equipment and facilities, Dikkan can provide latest customer needs in the market. Facilities are built on 90.000 m2 open, 35.000 m2 closed area with modern CNC units, horizontal and vertical machining centers, well equipped laboratories and foundry for ferrous and non-ferrous metal castings. Cast Iron, Ductile Iron, Cast Steel, Stainless Steel, Bronze, Tin Bronze, Aluminum Bronze and all other Copper Alloys are casted by Dikkan’s own foundries. Physical and mechanical analyses are performed at the company’s well-equipped laboratories. Manufacturing horizontal, vertical machining centers, CNC turning machines and universal machines. Assembly lines with test units, painting shop and ovens. Dikkan manufacture 110.000 components, assemblies 20.000 valves per month. Using advanced technology, the company has ability to promised service accurately. As a trustable brand; company aims to provide customers the highest quality service and products with innovative approach and investment in production technologies. One of the important purpose for Dikkan is to provide individualized attention to customer needs and their satisfaction. Willingness to help customers and provide prompt service with 450 employees; company offers a wide range of product to customers. With a professional sales and production team; Dikkan can fulfill customer demands accurately and on time. Having obtained a good share in the World market, Dikkan exports products over 60 countries.

    Butterfly Valve for Long-Distance Water Transport

    ©KSB Aktiengesellschaft, Frankenthal

    Aporis butterfly valves

    To round off its existing range of butterfly valves, the KSB Group has launched the new Aporis double-offset butterfly valve with elastomer sealing element. This product is used for applications where huge volumes of water need to be transported and shut off reliably. Applications include systems for water transport, water treatment or in large industrial cooling circuits. The valve is available with the face-to-face lengths specified in the EN 558/ISO 5752, Series 14, standard and in nominal sizes DN 300 to DN 2000. The maximum permissible operating pressure is 16 bar. The standard fluid temperature should range between 0 and 85°C. The valve discs and bodies are made from epoxy-coated EN-GJS-400-15. Two stainless steel stems hold the valve disc in position. Torque transmission from the actuating stem to the valve disc is ensured by a keyed connection. Neither of the stems come into contact with the fluid as they are surrounded by sealed protective sleeves. This keeps them dry and, in conjunction with the stainless steel reinforced PTFE bearing bushes, ensures extended, trouble-free service. The flanged body with raised faces features integrally cast support feet which facilitate valve handling and storage. Thanks to the standardized top flanges to ISO 5211, the valve combines with a wide range of manual, electric, pneumatic and hydraulic actuators. The type series is approved for drinking water applications (DVGW, WRAS and ACS).

    NWWC Fosters its Presence in Saudi Arabia

    NWWC, the well-known pumping solutions provider in Saudi Arabia, has a new partnership as sole agent with Gorman Rupp Pumps USA (GR pumps) which is famous in manufacturing the high performance, high quality pumps and pumping systems required for lasting service in the municipal, water, wastewater, sewage, industrial, construction, petroleum, fire and OEM markets for more than 80 years. In addition, Gorman-Rupp manufactures a complete line of state-of-the-art packaged lift stations and booster stations that include pumps, motors, controls, piping, accessories and enclosures, and known in Saudi Arabia Market & Aramco certified. General Electric International (GE) which is the most famous company for more than 100 year in power generation field to distribute their pump motor which is known as “install-and-forget pump motor”, those motors A complete upgrade, Ultra Series vertical pump motors combine all the benefits of rugged and reliable Ultra materials with advanced thrust and cooling technologies, high thrust, space heaters, and a non-reverse ratchet. Durable construction meets the requirements in a wide range of vertical hollow and solid shaft motor applications. In line with the current energy field changes and rise of electricity & fuel Prices and the need of save in energy and increase the energy efficiency, according to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2030 vision, NWWC is finalizing partnership agreement with Enekio France which is designs, develops and deploys complete innovative solutions to process, to inform and remotely manage environmental energy problematics of existing industrial infrastructure and communities to make NWWC from the front lines companies enter this field in Saudi Arabia, and remain its position as a specialist in water pumps & energy sector in the  region to fulfil all our customers’ requirements and dedicate NWWC motto “ totally integrated pumping solutions.”