The plant is planned to be located at the steel production facility of the client in eastern Brazil, where the construction on the custom engineered solution is expected to start in second quarter of 2019 and would to be operational by fourth quarter of 2020.

Fluence said that its desalination solution was selected through an international tender process by the customer to address water security and reduce dependence on the local utility.

In addition, the water crises over the past several years made the state-owned utility to reduce water delivery to the customer by up to 30%. The plant is designed for modular expansion to 24,000m3/day and 36,000m3/day and marks the largest desalination plant in Brazil.

Fluence managing director & CEO Henry Charrabé said: “This project is Fluence’s largest project to date in Brazil and provides another valuable reference site. Brazil is one of our key focus markets, as Fluence enhances its footprint as the leader in global decentralized water and wastewater treatment markets with local expertise.

“We are pleased that this important repeat international customer is once again placing their faith in Fluence’s team of engineers, and we look forward to continuing to jointly grow the relationship across their global operations.”

In August 2018, Fluence received a $3.5m contract to design and build a water treatment plant for a prominent power plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Under the contract, the company was responsible to design and build a complex system to treat water from aquifers and process water from the power plant’s operations.

The system includes several stages and uses multi-media filter (MMF), ultrafiltration (UF), reverse osmosis (RO) and electrode ionization (EDI) technology. Fluence’s system was expected to be delivered, installed and operational onsite by June 2019.

The company said that the plant will be designed to ensure reliability and maximize water recovery rate, allowing the power plant to implement a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution.