Water treatment specialist Veolia Water Technologies Egypt deployed seven brackish water reverse osmosis (RO) mobile water treatment units to treat desalinated water, saving freshwater resources while helping steel producer Ezz Steel maintain business continuity. These mobile water treatment units are said to secure 100% of their water production for their cooling system with lower chloride and total dissolved solids rates and allowed them to reduce their water and chemical consumption by approximately 75%.
Ezz Steel rolling mills and Ezz flat steel plants are located in Al-Sokhna, an industrial area near Suez city in Egypt. The plants used to be supplied with freshwater from the Nile River before recently making the change to desalinated seawater — a source water with high level of chloride which could affect the whole cooling process. Veolia deployed seven brackish water RO mobile water treatment units in two phases. Within two months, Veolia provided an initial 8,000m3/d capacity which was doubled during the second phase in April 2023 to reach 16,000m3/d.
Mohamed Bakry, Ezz Steel utilities senior manager said, “Cooling is the primary water-consuming process in steel manufacturing plants. Veolia was able to provide an emergency response with the first phase being up and running in two months. It allowed us to reduce the use of freshwater while maintaining the steel production of our plants and reaching the required water quality.”
With a worldwide fleet, Veolia mobile water services allow companies to benefit from a secure source of treated water 24/7 to supply their core operations.