Modern Water signs joint commercialisation agreement with Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East

Posted: Wednesday 10th February 2016

Modern Water plc (AIM:MWG), the owner of leading technologies for water and wastewater treatment and the monitoring of water quality, announces that it has signed an agreement with Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East, one of the region’s leading service providers for construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, O&M and life cycle services in a range of industries.

The agreement covers the joint development and commercialisation of Modern Water’s proprietary Forward Osmosis technology, in conjunction with multi-stage flash (MSF) desalination plants across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The product offering will allow MSF desalination plant owners and operators to improve the performance and energy efficiency of both existing plants and any new plants under development.

Following a detailed successful assessment of the combined process, the parties are now developing their product offering for deployment at an operational desalination plant. During the initial pilot phase, the plant will develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of Forward Osmosis to osmotically dilute and soften the recirculating brine of the desalination plant, allowing an increase in top brine temperature (TBT), which crucially reduces both the thermal and electrical energy consumption, whilst maintaining the same output.

Simon Humphrey, CEO, Modern Water, said: “Our new strategy is to focus on industrial applications of our cutting-edge proprietary technologies, and this agreement with Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East is a significant endorsement of this new focus. Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East is a major player in the MSF desalination market, having built, maintained and upgraded many of the existing stock of plants in the region. This project secures us another significant foothold in the hugely important Middle East and North Africa markets.”

Hakan Yapici, CEO, Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East FZE, commented: “We are pleased to work with Modern Water on this project: The installed fleet of MSF desalination plants is considerable and energy saving is becoming more and more a priority to our customers. We are proud to offer them cutting-edge technology that delivers these advantages.”

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