March 2013, Vol. 25, No.3


The Poseidon Carlsbad Desalination Project in San Diego County, Calif., is scheduled to begin construction immediately, thanks to the completion of $922 million in financing by Dickstein Shapiro LLP (Washington, D.C.) in December. 

Colocated with the Encina Power Station, the Poseidon Carlsbad Desalination Project will include an advanced-technology desalination plant and a 16-km (10-mi) water pipeline. When finished, the project will be the largest seawater desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, according to a Dickstein Shapiro press release, and will produce as much as 189,250 m3/d (50 mgd) of drinking water. 

Dickstein Shapiro led the entire debt and equity financing for the project, which is structured as a public–private partnership and included 60 parties. The firm also handled the water purchase agreement and related agreements, as well as all of the project documentation for the facility, including agreements for construction operation and maintenance, equipment supply, site lease, and related arrangements. 


ENBALA Power Networks (Toronto) was awarded a contract by the Independent Electricity System Operator of Toronto to provide load-balancing services to the province of Ontario. ENBALA is a smart-grid company that pays large-scale electricity users to deliver flexibility to the power system through the ENBALA Storage Network. 

The company will provide grid-balance service with its network of existing clients beginning early this year and will continue to identify and qualify ideal Ontario candidates to grow market participation. 


The City of Kansas City, Mo., awarded Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) a contract to supply a TETRA® LP Block™ filter underdrain system to the Kansas City Water Services Department’s primary water resource recovery facility — a 908,400-m3/d (240-mgd) plant located along the Missouri River. The equipment was specified by the project’s engineer, Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kan.). 

The contract calls for installation of two dozen 356-mm × 1270-mm (14-in. × 50-in.) filter cells covering a surface area of 1561 m2 (16,800 ft2). In addition, Severn Trent provided new stainless steel backwash air headers for the filters to simultaneously backwash with air and water. The 254-mm-diameter (10-in.-diameter) air headers were designed to fit under the floor of the filters, with J-risers to bring air through holes in the concrete floors to the underdrain.