Business Briefs: water in Kuwait, China and North America, and cleaner diesel

In this week’s international Business Briefs, US$320 million for a membrane based water project in Kuwait, a strategic alliance for water treatment technology, wastewater treatment in China, and a distribution agreement for cleaner diesel in the US.

Ionics Incorporated, from the USA, has announced that it has signed equipment supply and multi-year service contracts in Kuwait totalling US$320 million with a project company led by the Kharafi Group. The project will involve the design, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of a 100 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility at Sulaibiya near Kuwait City.

Remaining with North American companies, Kvaerner Chemetics of Vancouver and Electrolytic Technologies Corporation from North Miami Beach have announced that they have formed a strategic alliance. The alliance will supply safer, cost effective technology to the municipal water and wastewater treatment market for the generation of chlorine, sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite.

International Fuel Technology Inc, the US developer of a series of fuel blends designed to improve fuel economy and reduce harmful emissions, has announced that the company has signed a licence agreement with Ada Resources Inc for the distribution of the complete line of its fuel blends. The company’s fuels include its Clean Diesel, designed to reduce NOX emissions by 10%.

Finally, ThermoEnergy in Arkansas and Chinese company Shenzhen Fuhaoheng Investment Co are to form a joint venture company to design, construct and operate wastewater treatment plants within the People’s Republic of China. The project will use ThermoEnergy’s technologies, including its STORS renewable energy process and ammonia recovery process. An initial pilot project is expected to be located in Shenzhen, and if successful the project will be expanded to pursue commercial, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment projects throughout China.

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