Movers & Shakers: GWI honors water projects; Manufacturing Institute honors women in manufacturing

May 6, 2017

Projects and awards dominate this edition.

GWI announces winners of the 2017 Global Water Awards

Global Water Intelligence (GWI)  announced the winners of the 2017 Global Water Awards, presented last month at the Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid. The awards were determined by subscribed readers of GWI magazine and the Water Desalination Report as well as individual members of the International Desalination Association and delegates who registered for the Early Bird Discount.

The winners are:

  • Water Company of the Year:  Acciona Agua
  • Desalination Company of the Year: Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction
  • Smart Water Company of the Year: Suez
  • Breakthrough Water Technology Company of the Year: Water Planet
  • Water/Wastewater Project of the Year: Perth Groundwater Replenishment Scheme, Australia
  • Industrial Water Project of the Year: Co-op Refinery Complex, Canada
  • Municipal Desalination Plant of the Year: Yanbu 3, Saudi Arabia
  • Industrial Desalination Plant of the Year: Escondida SWRO, Chile
  • Water Deal of the Year: Vista Ridge Pipeline Financing, U.S.
  • Water Leaders Award: Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, Kenya
  • Water Technology Idol: Mattershift

SJE-Rhombus receives ESOP Company of the Year award

SJE-Rhombus received the 2017 Company of the Year award for the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association. The award was presented at the chapter’s spring meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

SJE-Rhombus received the 2017 Company of the Year award for the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the ESOP Association. Image courtesy of SJE-Rhombus

The award is presented each year to one of more than 100 ESOP companies in the local chapter based on a strong commitment to employee ownership, a track record of success and wealth building for shareholders, and promotion of the benefits among successful employee companies. SJE-Rhombus will compete against 17 finalists for the National ESOP Company of the Year award, which will be announced at the ESOP Association’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on May 11, 2017.

Model of the sulfate removal unit. Courtesy of Statoil

GE, Halvorsen TEC awarded seawater sulfate removal system

Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil selected a consortium led by GE Water & Process Technologies and Halvorsen TEC to supply a complete seawater sulfate removal unit to help protect production wells in Statoil’s Johan Castberg project in the Barents Sea, off Norway. The Johan Castberg (formerly Skrugard) project is about 100 kilometers north of the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea.

Dow, Falcon fuel-marker technology wins 2017 Edison Award

The Dow Chemical Company’s fuel-marker technology ACCUTRACE and Falcon Analytical’s CALIDUS MT received a Silver 2017 Edison Award. Together, the unit forms a fuel marking and detection system that allows governments to enforce tax law and prevent criminal activity. The prestigious Edison Award honors and recognizes some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the country. Finalists are chosen as the "best of the best” by 3,000 of the world’s top senior business executives, academics and innovation professionals.

The Manufacturing Institute honor outstanding women in manufacturing

Four BASF employees were among 130 women recognized nationally at The Manufacturing Institute’s 2017 STEP Ahead Awards focusing on science, technology, engineering and production (STEP). Each year, the program honors female leaders for their advocacy, mentorship, engagement, and leadership in the industry.

BASF employees, Debbie Dalley, Site Director in Beaumont, Texas; Laura Fisher, Reliability Engineer in Freeport, Texas; Regina Molisee, Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager in Attapulgus, Georgia; and Ashley Thompson, Process Engineer II in Chattanooga, Tennessee; received awards. Fisher and Thompson were also among 30 women designated as Emerging Leaders. Additionally, BASF’s Heidi Alderman served as the 2017 STEP Ahead Chairwoman.

Element Six DIAMOX technology wins gold at 2017 Edison Awards

De Beers Group of Companies member Element Six’s DIAMOX™ wastewater treatment technology earned the gold prize in environmental quality at the 30th annual Edison Awards held in New York in April. The Edison Award is one of the most prestigious accolades for innovation and recognizes excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation.

Claude ‘Bud’ Lewis Carlsbad Desalination facility receives award

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) honored Poseidon Water with a Grand Award for its excellence in engineering on the Claude "Bud" Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Fa

The Poseidon Water team
Courtesy of Poseidon Water

cility. The award was presented at ACEC’s 50th Anniversary Engineering Excellence Awards Gala last month in Washington, D.C. The council selected the facility based on the originality of the project, as well as its technical, economic and social value.

Aquionics opens new sales and service center in Charlotte, NC

Aquionics, part of the HALMA Group, opened a new sales and support center in Charlotte, North Carolina, to meet growing demand within industrial and aquatic applications. The new facility will enhance the company’s sales, servicing and technical support for its advanced liquid treatment technologies. The new center adds to Aquionics’ existing site in Erlanger, Kentucky, which will now focus on municipal water and wastewater applications.

Canadian Oil Refinery honored as Industrial Water Project of the Year

Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC) in Regina, Saskatchewan, was named Industrial Water Project of the Year at the annual Global Water Awards. The award recognizes projects that represent the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the field

CRC installed GEs ZeeWeed MBR system to recycle 100 percent of its wastewater. Courtesy of CRC

of industrial water. The CRC uses GE Water & Process Technologies’ advanced water recycling equipment and was the first refinery in North America to treat 100 percent of its wastewater on-site and then recycle the treated effluent for steam production. Steam is used for heating, hydrogen production, to power equipment and for cooling towers.

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