Bonaire expanding drinking water plant with desalination unit
(Bonaire) The project is a seawater desalination plant expansion project in Hato, an expansion of Water and Energy Company Bonaire’s (WEB) current desalination plant. The desalination plant is responsible for providing clean drinking water for the entire island. The new, permanent facility will supply 1,600 cubic meters a day of desalinated water to meet the growing clean water needs for the island’s residents and business.
“Our goal is to become self-sufficient with drinking water production and to support the growing needs of residential and business customers on the island,” said Alfredo Koolman, CEO, WEB Bonaire. “We selected General Electric because of its desalination technology expertise and its familiarity with our existing operation. This project moves us closer to eventually having the capability of owning and operating our own desalination facility.”
GE will provide a comprehensive Procera seawater solution and system training to WEB staff. To help improve equipment durability, GE will start with pretreatment components that protect membrane desalination systems by removing suspended solids and impurities. After careful analysis of an operator’s source water and conservation needs, modular desalination systems are then fitted to their applications.
“We are pleased to offer our advanced reverse osmosis membrane solution to help WEB Bonaire expand its desalination plant to meet the island’s future clean water requirements,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water. “With clean water more precious than ever around the world, our solutions can deliver reliable supplies of fresh water from just about any salt water source, including seawater.”
The expanded desalination facility is expected to be commissioned in August 2015 and is part of WEB Bonaire’s ongoing efforts to modernize the island’s power and water infrastructure.