SUEZ signs nine new contracts for industrial water and waste management

SUEZ has won nine contracts in the industrial sector, worth a total amount of €120 million (SGD $183 million). The Group will contribute to the sustainable management of waste from the sites of NABC, a Coca-Cola bottler in Morocco, and FUJIFILM, the photographic and imaging world leader, in the Netherlands. The Group will also be responsible for optimising the water cycle for key players in the oil & gas, energy, pulp & paper and agri-foods sectors in the United States, Brazil, Qatar and South Korea. These new contracts confirm SUEZ’s dynamism on the industrial market, which already accounts for 40 per cent of its revenue.

Of these nine contracts, seven were won through SUEZ’s water technologies and solutions division, to optimise the industrial water cycle in the oil & gas, energy, pulp & paper and agri-food sectors:

  • In Qatar, SUEZ won a five-year contract to supply ultrafiltration membranes to treat and recycle the effluents produced by the Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) complex, located in the Ras Laffan industrial zone in the northeast of the country. These membranes will equip the 32,500 m3/day effluent treatment plant of the natural gas to liquid hydrocarbons complex operated by Shell and Qatar Petroleum. With a production capacity of 260,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day, Pearl GTL is the world’s largest GTL plant. The ZeeWeed 500D membrane technology will ensure the tertiary treatment of the effluents and their recycling into process water for the operation of the Pearl GTL complex, thus preserving water resources in this arid region.
  • In the United States, SUEZ has renewed its contract to operate two water production units in a Midwest refinery. The refinery processes over 300,000 barrels a day of crude charge, producing a high percentage of transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels. Originally built and operated by the Group since 2002, the two water units, with a total capacity of 27 250 m3/day or 5,000 gpm will continue to treat well water using membrane filtration to provide boiler feedwater to the refinery, and high purity water for other refinery processes.
  • In South Korea, SUEZ won a contract to implement the Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technology at one of South Korea’s largest power plants, located in Goseong, in the southeast of the country. As SUEZ’s first thermal ZLD deployment in South Korea, the system will treat wastewater from flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units with a capacity of 50 m3per hour. It will allow the 2,080-megawatt Goseong Green Power Plant to reuse 100 per cent of the wastewater, eliminating all effluent discharges into local waterways, thus protecting the environmentally sensitive coastline nearby.
  • In Brazil, SUEZ is supporting Klabin, the largest Brazilian producer and exporter of paper for packaging, in expanding the industrial capacity of its Ortigueira mill and promote infrastructure improvements of its Telêmaco Borba mill, both located in the State of Paraná. In consortium with Rio Verde Group, SUEZ won the contract to expand the water production and wastewater treatment facilities at the Ortigueira pulp mill and to build a new boiler feed water plant for the Telêmaco Borba mill in Monte Alegre and other to Puma mill in Ortigueira. SUEZ will equip the water infrastructures with advanced technologies to produce water of sufficient and consistent quality and quantity, thus maximising production efficiency, in compliance with the environmental standards in force.
  • In the State of Rio de Janeiro, SUEZ was awarded the contract to supply water to the Santa Cruz Thermoelectric Power Plant. The client, a major Brazilian electric utilities company, aims to increase the power plant’s energy production while minimising its environmental footprint.
    SUEZ will deploy ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and electro-deionisation (EDI) technologies to supply the energy plant with ultrapure water. The residual heat produced by the gas turbine will be recovered in steam to power the steam turbine of the plant. This virtuous cycle will increase the power plant’s production from 350 MW to 507 MW, equivalent to the consumption of 4.5 million inhabitants of the capital of Rio de Janeiro State.
  • In the State of Mato Grosso, SUEZ will support companies in one of the leading industries in Brazil – ethanol production – through two contracts in the water production of two corn-based ethanol production plants. The Group will deploy its ProEcell technology in the boiler feed water system and the expansion project of the boiler water treatment line for two of the major ethanol plants in Brazil. This innovative technology combines reverse osmosis and electro-deionisation (EDI) processes, allowing to minimise the footprint and the volume of effluents produced by the treatment plant.

“We are very proud of these new contracts, which confirm SUEZ’s position as a key partner of industry players to improve their economic and environmental performance. We are fully committed to continuing to support the dynamism of this market, by providing solutions and services for the optimisation of the water cycle and for waste recycling and recovery, a growing challenge for industries,” said Betrand Camus, chief executive officer of SUEZ.