GE to provide first-of-a-kind membrane technology for Kuwaiti water treatment plant

GESulaibiyaKuwaitThe Sulaibiya water treatment plant is supposed to be one of the largest in the world to use GE’s membrane technology. (Image source: GE Power & Water)GE has agreed to provide ZeeWeed 1,000 submerged hollow-fibre membranes and AG LF low-fouling reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for Kuwait’s Sulaibiya wastewater treatment and reclamation plant

The Kuwaiti facility is set to become one of the largest in the world to use extensive membrane technology such as RO and ultrafiltration to purify water, stated GE officials. Production capacity will increase from 375,000 to 600,000 cu/m per day. Kuwait’s Kharafi National will undertake the expansion.

Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO of water and process technologies, GE Power & Water said, “Kuwait is serving as a model by meeting its water requirements through investments in water infrastructure, headlined by the Sulaibiya plant. With demand for water increasing at an estimated six per cent annually and Kuwait having one of the world’s largest per capita consumptions of water, Kharafi National is focused on strengthening wastewater treatment capacity to meet water reuse goals in non-potable and industrial applications, alleviating the pressure on more pristine desalinated water supplies. The new expansion of the Sulaibiya plant using GE’s advanced technologies will scale up its wastewater treatment capacity significantly with greater efficiency and reduced environmental footprint.”

GE’s immersed ZeeWeed 1000 ultrafiltration (UF) membrane system that will be installed at the Sulaibiya wastewater treatment facility is ideal for retrofits and large plants. The technology is applicable in direct filtration, coagulation, tertiary filtration, multi-media filter retrofits and pre-treatment for RO. It brings a high-efficiency design with low capital, operating and lifecycle costs. The water produced meets stringent water standards, while using lesser chemicals, reducing environmental footprint and producing less residual waste compared to typical conventional wastewater treatment systems.

Ibrahim Al-Ghusain, corporate director of Kharafi National, said, “The Sulaibiya wastewater treatment and reclamation plant leverages the world’s most advanced technologies to accelerate our operational efficiency and strengthen production capacity. This is led by our commitment to support the country in meeting its growing water requirements. Through this expansion, we are taking our facility to the next level by continuing to use the most-modern technologies available.”

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