Desalination

Serving industries with reliable desalination solutions

Desalination of seawater or brackish water has become an increasingly common method of producing water to meet the growing needs of industry.

Since the Groups first plant was established in 1969 on the island of Houat, France, we have been recognised as a pioneer in the technology of desalination by reverse osmosis. SUEZ has successfully developed and integrated complementary technologies to make this a reliable and suitable solution for our local industrial customers, and meeting all safety, health and quality requirements.

Many international industrial projects have enabled the Group to consolidate its world-leading position in the field of desalination. The reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant at Minera Escondida (Chile’s second biggest copper producer/exporter) is one such example - it produces 45 MLD of process water for its mine in the Antofagasta region at an altitude of 2,800 meters. Desalination enables the mine’s production capacity to be increased to meet the sector’s future development and at the same time saves using surface water in this desert area.

Drawing on our global network of industrial expertise, SUEZ has extensive experience in delivering outstanding desalination solutions throughout Australia.

We have developed solutions that maximize the output of reverse osmosis systems, incorporate the use of renewable energies, foster internal energy recovery, and implement procedures to protect the environment to provide reliable desalinated water that meet the needs of industries and communities.

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KEY REFERENCES

Koniambo Seawater Desalination Plant, (4.8 MLD) New Caledonia (INDUSTRY: MINING)

Minera Escondida Desalination Plant, (45 MLD) Chile (INDUSTRY: MINING)

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