September 2008, Vol. 20, No.9

Business

Laurent Auguste has been named president and CEO of Veolia Water North America (Houston). Auguste most recently served as president of Veolia Water Japan and prior to that was president of Veolia Water Korea.

J. Ray McDermott Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. has selected Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa.) to provide filtration and produce water treatment systems for the new Su Tu Vang Central Processing Platform to be operated by the Cuu Long Joint Operating Co., offshore of Vietnam. The seawater injection project is scheduled to be completed late this year.

The Orange County (N.Y.) Water Authority has hired HDR (Omaha, Neb.) to help complete its water master plan. The project will address issues including groundwater and surface water supply and demand, watershed protection, drought management, and climate change effects. Recommendations will be developed for 1-, 5-, and 10-year periods.

Insituform Technologies Inc. (Chesterfield, Mo.), a provider of technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water, and other underground piping systems, has been awarded the City of Houston Outstanding Prime Contractor Award for mentoring businesses owned by minorities or women. Insituform has helped 13 minority- or women-owned businesses qualify for contracts through its Mentor–Protégé Program.
 
MAR Systems LLC (Cleveland) on March 11 was issued U.S. Patent No. 7,341,667 for certain processes for reducing the level of arsenic in aqueous liquids, such as industrial fluid wastestreams. MAR Systems has commercialized its Sorbster™ brand of products for use in these and other processes.

Dover Corp. (Grand Rapids, Mich.) has acquired Neptune Chemical Pump Co. (Lansdale, Pa.) as a part of the company’s newly formed Pump Solutions Group. Neptune manufactures chemical metering pumps, chemical feed systems, and peripheral products.

Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric Co. (Fairfield, Conn.), recently unveiled an expanded “ecomagination” strategy committing the company to reduce its global water use by 20% by 2012 and aligning with worldwide industry partners to urge them to reduce water usage. The company said it aims to free up 7.6 million m3 (2 billion gal) of fresh water.
 
BioShaft Water Technology Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) announced that Bashar Amin has joined the company as vice president of operations. With more than 15 years of local and international experience in the water and wastewater industry, Amin has completed more than 100 projects throughout his career.

The Stockholm International Water Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) recently named the Orange County (Calif.) Water District and the Orange County (Calif.) Sanitation District as the 2008 Stockholm Industry Water Award laureates. The agencies won the award for developing the Groundwater Replenishment system, a water purification system that will provide enough water to meet the needs of an additional 500,000 people in Southern California.

Nicole Blute, a senior project engineer in the Santa Monica, Calif., office of Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (White Plains, N.Y.) was selected to receive the firm’s 2008 Paul L. Busch Prize. The award honors her achievements and leadership, which have led to a $4 million technology assessment for the removal of hexavalent chromium from groundwater in Glendale, Calif. Blute is a founding member of the company’s Advanced Oxidation–Taste and Odor Knowledge Team.

John Prunkl has joined EnerTech Environmental Inc. (Atlanta) as president and chief operating officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in the energy sector and will oversee execution of the company’s first commercial SlurryCarb™ facility in Rialto, Calif., which produces a renewable fuel called Efuel from biosolids and other high-moisture wastes.

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.) announced a new 5-year contract to supply Ajusta bayonet boundary boxes to Yorkshire Water Services (Bradford, England), which will purchase medium-density polyethylene-tailed and push-fit connector versions of the product.

Aquatech International Corp. (Canonsburg, Pa.) was awarded a large water treatment contract earlier this year for a cogeneration facility in Ontario, Canada. The contract includes self-cleaning filters, two 2.2-m3/min (575-gal/min) ultrafiltration units, two 1.7-m3/min (460-gal/min) reverse-osmosis units, two mixed-bed demineralization units, and two 1.5-m3/min (400-gal/min) condensate multimedia filters. The system is designed to handle varying suspended solids loads in the feedwater.

The Burlingame (Calif.) City Council has approved a 5-year, $14 million contract extension with Veolia Water North America (Houston) to continue managing the city’s municipal wastewater treatment facility, biosolids program, industrial pretreatment program, and cogeneration power system.