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Installation of a HDPE liner at the Nimr project.

Installation of a HDPE liner at the Nimr project.

Bauer Water charts strategic growth

One of Bauer Water’s major works is the Nimr water treatment project in Oman, which involves purifying 47,000 cu m of industrial waste water every day.

September 2011

NEWLY-NAMED Bauer Water has been successfully directing all activities in the areas of drinking water and industrial water treatment of various subsidiaries of Germany’s Bauer Group from early this year.

The former FWS Filter-und Wassertechnik, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bauer Group, has been trading under the new name of Bauer Water since March 11, 2011.

FWS had already been operating as an equipment manufacturer in the field of water treatment since 2004, and now the company has been renamed in view of the strategic development of the Bauer Group’s environment division.

“The objective is to establish Bauer Water more firmly in the drinking water sector and in the field of industrial water purification, to continue the expansion of its international business and to benefit from growth in this market,” says a company spokesman.

Preparations for this strategic decision commenced last year, and all activities in the areas of drinking water and industrial water treatment of the different subsidiaries have now been pooled in Bauer Water.

At the same time, the remediation of contaminated groundwater and the treatment of building site water, tunnel water and landfill leachate was transferred to Bauer Umwelt, which will continue to provide and expand the corresponding services.

With operations in more than 120 countries around the world and services ranging from the exploration of new water reserves to well drilling and water treatment, the Bauer Group is in an ideal position to influence this market, the spokesman says.

The group is involved in a Boot (build, own, operate, transfer) project in Oman, which involves purifying 47,000 cu m of industrial waste water every day.

Known as the Nimr water treatment project, the facility, which became operational in November last year, has been set up for the residual waters produced from the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) oil wells in its Nimr oilfield.

“PDO initially established a pilot project 10 years ago in the Nimr oilfield and is now aiming to upscale the pilot by installing the first commercially-produced water treatment plant based on wetland technology,” says Roman Breuer of Bauer Umwelt.

The technology used for the pilot plant was adapted and changes were made based on pilot test results, an extended study of the water characteristics and climate data. This has called for the construction of an approximately 600-hectare large facility comprising of an oil/water separator to recover remaining crude oil, a surface flow constructed wetland to degrade dissolved hydrocarbons. In the second phase, an engineered salt works facility will be installed to include the option for salt recovery from the saline discharge water.

The project was designed as a Boot contract with a design and construction phase of two years and an operational phase of 20 years. In the third phase, potential benefits of biomass utilisation and carbon credit shall be investigated to be potentially included into the project after commissioning, Breuer says.




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