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VA Tech To Set Up Desalination Plant On East Coast Road  
Source:   The Hindu City   : Chennai Published On   06-01-2010  



VA Tech Wabag, an Indian multinational company involved in water treatment projects, in partnership with Israel-based IDE Technologies, has been awarded the contract for executing India’s largest sea water desalination project by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (Chennai Metro Water).

The total cost of the project is Rs. 1,033 crore and will have a capacity of 100 million litres a day (MLD). The plant will be constructed on design, build and operate basis and will be commissioned in the next 24 months.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Rajiv Mittal, Managing Director, VA Tech Wabag, said the total construction cost of Rs. 533 crore would be provided by the Union Government and Rs. 500 crore would be allocated by the State Government (Chennai Metro) for operational expenditure.

The company would set up the plant in Nemmeli, 35 km south of Chennai on 40 acres on the East Coast Road. The plant would convert sea water into fresh potable water which would be supplied to the southern suburbs of Chennai, including the entire stretch of IT corridor, Thiruvanmiyur, Pallipattu, Velachery, MRC Nagar and Kelambakkam.

Mr. Mittal said by partnering IDE Technologies, VA Tech would provide a world-class plant based on modern sea water reverse osmosis (RO) technology. The Nemmeli plant would comprise state-of-the-art units such as disc filters, ultra-filtration membranes and reverse osmosis membranes. He said this was the first time in India that disc filters were being used for pre-treatment of sea water. This would enable the company to commission the plant faster and help in increasing operational efficiencies both in terms of cost and time. In addition, the company would be able to eliminate or substantially reduce the use of chemicals at the pre-treatment stage.

The plant would be the second one in Chennai being constructed to ease the city’s water problems.

Mr. Mittal said the company had designed and built sea water desalination plants for Adani Power in Gujarat, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation at Vizag Refinery and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.

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