Orders total US$4.6 million with follow-on business anticipated
Fluence has been awarded its first volume contract for the Yangtze River Great Protection Programme managed by Chinese power company, China Three Gorges Group Corporation. The orders are worth an aggregate of US$2.2 million, and involve a total of 29 Aspiral aerated biofilm reactor (MABR) units.
Fluence will work with its existing volume partner, Aerospace Kaitian Environmental Protection Technology as well as Yangtze River Ecological Environmental Protection Group, a subsidiary of Three Gorges, to implement treatment systems in 14 towns and rural townships in Ningyuan and Dao counties, Hunan province. Three Gorges’ Yangtze River protection programme impacts 11 provinces in China, and includes rural wastewater treatment and upgrades to centralised wastewater treatment plants.
The company has secured an additional contract by Beijing China Railway Science New Technology, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Academy of Railway Sciences Cooperation Limited. Marking Fluence’s first wastewater reuse project in China, the contract is worth $28,000 for two Aspiral Micro units to treat and reuse wastewater at sites including Beijing. According to Fluence, Aspiral Micro was chosen on account of its ability to treat wastewater to the high quality needed for reuse for irrigation, operate remotely, and can be deployed and commissioned rapidly.
Richard Irving, chairman and CEO of Fluence, commented: “Reuse is a major strategic target for Fluence given MABR’s competitiveness in meeting the required standards to reuse treated wastewater. Importantly, China’s latest Five-Year Plan for the first time specifies wastewater reuse targets ranging from 25-35% in water-stressed regions, which is anticipated to require deployment of new and upgraded treatment. Based on China’s Ministry of Housing Data, this represents a $4 billion market opportunity over the next four years assuming new or upgraded treatment is needed to achieve these targets.”
In Taiwan, Fluence has been awarded a $2.4 million contract to supply three Nirobox units. Commissioning is expected to commence next month, as Taiwan is currently facing its worst drought in more than five decades. The units will be installed in Taichung, and will convert seawater into enough fresh water to meet the needs of up to 30,000 people in central Taiwan.
“The proven reliability of our Nirobox solutions is evidence by the 115 units installed worldwide,” Irving concluded. “Despite global logistical challenges, Fluence won the order by providing the best solution in the fastest delivery time. We anticipate that local drought conditions, combined with increased demand for smart, automated, decentralised solutions, will lead further business in Taiwan and the region.”