Oil and water

Utilities Middle East get's an insight into the recently signed contract for Metito to supply desalinated water to Das Island.
Oil and water
By Administrator
Wed 18 Feb 2009 04:00 AM

Utilities Middle East get's an insight into the recently signed contract for Metito to supply desalinated water to Das Island.

The outlook in 2009 for Metito - the Lebanese company which specialises in water treatment and water desalination systems - looks bright after it recently signed a US $21 million contract with Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA OPCO) for EPC work on Das Island - the centre of the UAE's offshore oil industry.

Das Island lies in the heart of the Arabian Gulf, 140 km north-west of Abu Dhabi, serving as the export terminal for ADMA OPCO's oil from their offshore fields and for LNG produced by Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Company (ADGAS), both of which are owned by ADNOC.

The project will see Metito carrying out of detailed design, engineering, procurement, installation, construction, pre-commissioning and commissioning services for Das Island. The company will employ reverse osmosis (RO) technology and include a demineralisation unit to provide boiler feed water.

The new water treatment plant will replace the existing facilities, which have been in operation for the last 25 years.

"The new RO plant will replace the existing eight units of Aiton Vapor Compression Distillation. The scope of work also includes a blast resistant reinforced concrete substation and control room building to house the associated ancillaries," says Omar Al-Zoubi, general manager, Metito.

"Plant output of treated water will be 2,730 m3 per day, and will have four SWRO (Sea Water Reverse Osmosis) trains and four BWRO (Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis) trains.

It will be capable of producing the above specified minimum quantities while allowing for periodic maintenance shutdowns and shall be designed to achieve this capacity at the end of the ‘membrane life'.

The total dissolved solids (TDS) for the feed sea water is 55,000 mg/l which will be reduced to 300 mg/l for potable water use and further reduced to almost zero ions for industrial applications, such as for high pressure boilers.

The contract, according to Al-Zoubi, is worth exactly US $ 20 704 949, and should be completed in 564 days.

Al-Zoubi claims the main benefits offered by the Metito RO desalination system are that it is more environmentally friendly and cost effective compared with conventional methods.

"Our water desalination technology is environmentally friendly and will have no negative impact on the surrounding environment or on the aquatic life in the sea. The reject brine out of the plant will be recycled back to the sea through an anti-siphon arrangement to the existing drainage system, while reject water temperature will be same as normal seawater temperature and free from pollutants," explains Al-Zoubi.

"The plant will be equipped with an energy recovery system in order to minimize the power consumption and therefore minimize the operation and maintenance cost. O&M cost to produce 1m3 of potable water out of RO plant will be almost one quarter of the O&M cost of the existing plants using Vapor Compression Distillation."Being an oil hub for Abu Dhabi, companies operating on Das Island are faced with strict HSE standards imposed by ADMA OPCO.

However, Al-Zoubi believes that Metito's track record and the fact that this is their third project on the island, ensures that these will be adhered to.

"Metito has an impeccable safety record in its 50 years of operation and runs vigorous HSE standards that have been fully audited and approved by most of the international and national oil companies to operate on the island. This will be our third project on Das Island and we are very much familiar with the HSE standards set by ADMA OPCO. In addition to the three projects we have been appointed to carry out the operation and maintenance for the wastewater treatment plant on the island for the past five years," states Al-Zoubi.

For 2009 Metito are planning to consolidate their position as a global leader in water, wastewater and desalination, and as a solution provider for water and wastewater treatment problems.

There are also plans afoot to launch an IPO before going public in 2010 - all this in spite of the global economic slump.

"We have established business partners with major European companies in the field of water and wastewater, like Berlin Water from Germany and Flovac from Australia. Also, we are in the process of finalising partnership with international companies in the field of solid waste management," explains Al-Zoubi.

"Our group is committed to providing our clients with first class service and strong local support while providing the latest technology to compliment its quality products. Managing the customer relationship, including customer selection, customer acquisition, customer retention and customer growth has become the single most important dimension of our strategy."

"Also, we are looking to extend our geographical presence and explore new markets in Asia and Africa such as India, Malaysia, China, Tunisia and Algeria. Development of larger concession projects is one of the group's strategy and to build upon our success to date and to continue to invest in projects where the returns are commensurate with the risks involved."

And this, according to Al-Zoubi, will continue against the tide of a global recession, due to Metito's strong position in the market.

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