Brazil: Seawater Desalination Toray to Supply RO and UF Membranes to Brazil’s largest SWRO Plant
Toray’s Romembran RO and Torayfil UF membrane technologies have been selected for a new seawater desalination facility in Brazil, which is set to become the largest in the country.
Chūō/Japan — Arcelor Mittal, currently the largest producer of steel in the world, contracted Fluence Corporation for the design, engineering, and construction contract of a SWRO plant in Brazil and TMUS (Toray Membrane USA) received an order for membranes.
Expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020, the plant will have an initial capacity to treat 12,000 m3 per day, expandable to 24,000 and 36,000 m3 per day, and with an estimated value of $ 10 illion dollars.
Torayfil pressurized PVDF hollow-fiber UF membrane modules will pretreat the seawater before feeding the Romembra seawater desalination membrane elements for removal of salts. The desalinated seawater will also pass through Romembra RO membrane elements for additional polishing before it is stored for distribution. The combination of UF and RO membranes ensure constant production of high-quality water.
According to Arcelor Mittal, the desalination plant will be the first in Brazil to operate exclusively with seawater, placing the facility at the forefront of sustainable water management for the company. Furthermore, the energy required for the desalination process will be produced by a thermoelectric power station.