Energy Recovery announced contract awards totaling nearly $25 million for its PX® Pressure Exchanger® energy recovery devices for desalination plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as several of the company’s PX PowerTrain™ solutions. The capacity for the combined plants will be 1 million cubic meters per day, and the orders are expected to be fulfilled by the close of Q1 2022.
The plants are part of a local initiative to replace energy-intensive, outdated thermal technologies with the more efficient and economical seawater reverse osmosis technology (SWRO), all while drastically improving the supply of drinking water in Saudi Arabia. The projected cost of producing desalinated water across these facilities is US$0.32 per cubic meter, making it one of the lowest tariffs for desalinated water in the Middle East. When the projects are complete, the production and supply of water will be doubled while energy costs will be significantly reduced by US$2.34 billion annually across all facilities.
“In arid regions such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the dependable and efficient production of potable water is tantamount,” said Rodney Clemente, Energy Recovery’s Senior Vice President of Water. “The unique design of Energy Recovery’s PX makes it the most durable, reliable, and economical solution for desalination plants that must phase out costly and outdated multistage flashing technologies. Coupled with our PowerTrain solution, customers are assured optimal production of water, all while saving money and reducing the environmental impacts that come with wasted energy.”
Energy Recovery’s PX reduces energy use by up to 60% in SWRO facilities and provides the lowest lifecycle cost of any energy recovery device available on the market – significant savings that make SWRO desalination an attractive option to governments seeking to drought-proof their water infrastructure. The PX PowerTrain is a custom manifold solution, simplifying the integration of PX devices in a facility.