Aquatech, a US-based provider of water purification technology, has secured a contract from the Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) to provide a water treatment plant in Egypt.

The proposed water treatment plant, to be designed and installed by Aquatech, will be deployed at ETHYDCO’s petroleum derivatives manufacturing site in Alexandria to treat wastewater from this site.

This plant will employ integrated Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology, which is a microfiltration system, a High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis system(HERO), followed by Fractional Electrodeionization (FEDI), brine concentrator, a crystallizer and sludge treatment system.

Aquatech senior vice president Karl Michael Millauer, commenting on the deal, said that the feed water provided to the plant will be a mix of treated effluent and water from Nile River canal, having inconsistent water chemistry throughout the year.

"With this plant in place, ETHYDCO shall meet all the requisite norms of ZLD established by the Egyptian government to protect their only life-giving aquifer, The River Nile," added Millauer.

Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (Enppi) will provide all the project management services at the plant.

The water treatment plant is expected to be completed by the end of April 2014.

In addition, Aquatech has completed several projects in Egypt, mainly a Multiple Effect Distillation seawater desalination system for the Abu Qir Thermal Power Plant for West Delta Electricity Production Company, and a recycle / reuse plant for TCI Sanmar, where it supplied a High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis system.