Australian water treatment company Osmoflo is set to ramp up its global presence following the successful completion of its largest ever international project.
The Adelaide-based firm, which has just finished building an $80 million desalination plant in the Middle East to provide clean drinking water to 250,000 people in Oman, is now eyeing more lucrative overseas projects to meet the world’s rising demand for fresh water.
South America, Africa, South East Asia and other Middle Eastern countries are being targeted by Osmoflo and its new Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Gayan as the company aims to grow its $100 million annual turnover.
Mr Gayan, who officially takes over the reins this month from previous CEO and company founder Marc Fabig, says the successful delivery of the $80 million Barka desalination plant in Oman has elevated Osmoflo to a new level.
“Having developed into Australia’s largest locally-owned water treatment company, our focus has well and truly broadened to overseas markets where we’ve already delivered many cutting-edge water purification projects to countries such as Chile, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Scotland,” said Mr Gayan.
“We now see ourselves as a genuine global force in desalination and are excited to grow internationally with our latest Osmoflo Brine Squeezer patented technology.”
Mr Gayan said Osmoflo has already set up offices in Chile, Dubai, Singapore and India to service its global push, and now employs more than 200 people worldwide to deliver its desalination and recycling systems that clean water by capturing and removing salts through reverse osmosis technology.
The company has also just won a contract in the Marshall Islands and later this year will commence constructing two seawater reverse osmosis plants on the island of Ebeye to provide the population of 20,000 with all required potable water. Osmoflo’s propriety remote monitoring solution PlantConnect® will also be in use for the plants, offering ongoing support.
“To provide local communities and businesses with their daily water needs – including towns, indigenous communities, mine sites, offshore oil and gas developments, food and beverage manufacturing facilities and resorts – is something we’re really proud of,” said Mr Gayan.
“Our challenge now though is to expand as an innovator and provide our high quality water treatment solutions to even more businesses and communities in need around the world.”
The $80 million Barka desalination plant in Oman was commissioned to ACWA Power to address a critical shortage of clean drinking water. The plant, which was constructed in less than 12 months thanks to a 700-strong workforce, draws seawater from the Gulf of Oman which is then treated to drinking standard. The plant has a total capacity of 56,775 cubic metres a day.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Osmoflo is based at state-of- the-art headquarters at Burton north of Adelaide, which is the largest facility in the Southern Hemisphere dedicated to the design and fabrication of reverse osmosis desalination plants.
In addition to designing and constructing desalination plants, the company also operates and maintains more than 100 plants on behalf of customers globally, and also has a substantial rental division to cater for customers who require water for shorter-term projects, emergency solutions or temporary water.
Backed by Japanese trading giant Marubeni Corporation, which has a 40% stake in the company, Osmoflo has offices in every Australian capital city and boasts a local client list including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Chevron, Coca-Cola and Coopers Brewery, in addition to overseas clients including Chilean mining powerhouse Antofagasta PLC and the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Mr Gayan arrived at Osmoflo last month with extensive international experience, including almost two decades at major international water company Veolia where he worked across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
A civil and environmental engineer by trade, Mr Gayan has also previously led major engineering, procurement and construction projects up to $100 million in value, and managed water businesses with annual turnover up to $350 million.