Water treatment
Membranes
Middle East
Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Veolia ramps up mobile water service in the Middle East

Veolia Water Technologies has announced a new regeneration and recycling service centre in Saudi Arabia.

Servicing a growing industry

Veolia Water Technologies has announced a new regeneration and recycling service centre in Saudi Arabia. It comes after the company has recently built similar centres across Europe.

The Damman service centre will regenerate and recycle the resins used in the mobile water treatment process.

Mark Dyson, vice president of Veolia’s mobile water business, said: “This service centre enables us to bring our unique innovative service to support our customers in the region with mobile water treatment technologies and expertise anytime and anywhere."

The announcement is coupled with the company's recent construction of a mobile water treatment centre in Heinsberg, Germany.

Veolia Water Technologies said its new plant will grant access to regional industrial manufacturing, supporting operations throughout the Kingdom as well as Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Egypt.

Gaining traction

In 2019, the global mobile water treatment market was valued at $1.5 billion, according to Business Wire, and it looks set to be on the rise.

It is not just Veolia working in this space, with other water treatment companies also seeing the potential for growth in the market.

Companies such as GE Water and Evoqua Water Technologies LLC are also expanding their mobile water treatment services.

“In 2019, the global mobile water treatment market was valued at $1.548 billion.”

Mobile water treatment offers an alternative for fixed plants in an emergency or a planned refurbishment, as it is able to take over the work of the plant for a short period of time.

Quenching data centres’ thirst

One reason behind the recent growth in mobile water treatment can be attributed to the growing water demands of data centres. Currently, these centres rely on water for cooling and that water has traditionally come from potable municipal water supplies.

Across the US, data centre water consumption is already estimated at 1.7 billion litres per day.

Growing fears around water scarcity, community impact, and operating expenses have led many data centre operators to consider alternative sources of water, such as recycled wastewater, reused groundwater, or even rainwater collection.

“Across the US, data centre water consumption is already estimated at 1.7 billion litres per day.”

However, getting this new infrastructure in place can take time and data centres are turning to mobile water treatment as a solution.

These systems can be used temporarily to meet a data centre’s water and wastewater treatment needs for a few months while facilities are constructed.

Prepared for anything

Thierry Froment, CEO of Veolia Water Technologies Middle East, said “Mobile water services are a key part of Veolia’s Impact 2023 strategy and contribute to businesses being more resilient in the face of planned or unforeseen events."

“Mobile water services are a key part of Veolia’s Impact 2023 strategy and contribute to businesses being more resilient in the face of planned or unforeseen events."

"It allows us to help and support our customers to solve many of their treated water needs in a safe and responsible way," he added.

The centre will be equipped to maintain, service and store all Veolia’s mobile water services assets, spare parts and consumables.

 


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