Environmental Protection

Algerian Desalination Plant Picks Up Energy Recovery Devices

Energy Recovery, Inc., a designer and developer of energy recovery devices for desalination, announced that its PX Pressure Exchanger™ devices will be implemented in the seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant in Tenes, Algeria.

To be constructed by Befesa, the plant will produce 52.8 million gallons of water per day. With this contract, Energy Recovery’s PX devices are now helping to deliver more than 422.7 million gallons of affordable, fresh water per day to millions of people throughout Algeria.

“Algeria has established itself as a global leader when it comes to desalination as the solution to increasing water scarcity, and Befesa is honored to help deliver more than 40 percent of the nation’s water demands through our SWRO plants,” said Carlos Cosin, international director with Befesa. “However, in order to make desalination a long-term solution in Algeria or elsewhere, the water produced must be affordable. That is why we continue to work with Energy Recovery, implementing its leading-edge PX devices to significantly reduce the energy costs of desalination. We have worked with Energy Recovery on five mega-projects globally — four in Algeria — and we look forward to continuing our mutually successful partnership to meet the increasing worldwide demand for SWRO desalination.”

The Tenes facility is the tenth desalination plant in Algeria to include the PX technology, as devices are currently operating or contracted at plants in Algiers, Skikda, Mostaganem and other locations throughout the country. The Tenes desalination plant is estimated to save 17 megawatts of energy.

The devices reduce the energy consumption of SWRO systems by up to 60 percent, making desalination a cost-effective solution for clean water supply.

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