BAPCO opts for GE water treatment technology

GE_ZeeWeed_comZeeWeed MBR system consisting of four MBR trains, each with 10 membrane cassettes. (Image source: GE)GE will design and supply a Membrane Bioreactor System (MBR) system for Bahrain Petroleum Company's (BAPCO) oil refinery wastewater treatment plant in Sitra, near Manama

The company's ZeeWeed MBR technology will handle a maximum wastewater flow of about 24 million liters/day from BAPCO's refinery and Sitra Tank farm.

BAPCO Engineering Projects Division acting general manager Jabbar A Karim said, "BAPCO is committed to managing its precious water resources wisely.

"With this project, GE is supporting us to realise our goals of minimising the environmental impact from our refining operations, while safeguarding the refinery's capital equipment at the same time."

GE will supply a ZeeWeed MBR system consisting of four MBR trains, each with 10 membrane cassettes containing 500 rugged, reinforced membrane modules for the complex and extensive treatment of wastewater.

The company has claimed that its hollow-fiber ultrafiltration technology combined with biological treatment produces consistently high-quality effluent suitable for discharge or reuse application.

The system is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2012 and GE will provide support during its first five years of operation.

"We are committed to continue delivering advanced solutions that increase the supply of clean water necessary and meeting the environmental commitments for the expansion of Bahrain's economy," said GE Energy Middle East president Joseph Anis.

The wastewater treatment project will support BAPCO's Environmental Leadership efforts to achieve stringent wastewater quality levels specified by Bahrain's General Directorate of Environment and Wild Life Protection regulation for wastewater discharge into the Gulf.

BAPCO Refinery refines more than 250,000 barrels of crude daily.

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