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Canada’s Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s Co-op Refinery Complex has won the Global Water Awards’ Industrial Water Project of the Year for its impressive wastewater recycling process.

Using GE Water & Process Technologies’ advanced water recycling equipment, the Co-op Refinery Complex has become the first refinery in North America to treat 100 percent of its wastewater on-site and then recycle the treated effluent for steam production.

The steam is in turn used for heating, hydrogen production, to power equipment and for cooling towers.

Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO of GE Water & Process Technologies, accepted the award last week in Madrid during Global Water Intelligence’s Global Water Summit 2017.

“We are very proud that this project, which uses our advanced wastewater treatment technologies, has won this prestigious award,” said Markhoff. “Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability should be an enduring example for the entire oil refining industry.”

The refinery has over the years expanded its operations to produce 30,000 more Barrels of Oil Per Day (BPD) taking it from 100,000 BPD to a 130,000-BPD facility, which increased its water usage. The refinery’s current water source is a blend of well water and city water, and restrictions on water use mandated that the Co-op Refinery Complex find a new source of water.

GE’s Water & Process Technologies offered a solution combining its ZeeWeed membrane bioreactor technology and a high-efficiency reverse osmosis system to recycle and reuse 2 million gallons of wastewater a day.

In addition to the water reuse solution, Water & Process Technologies provides the refinery with wastewater specialty chemicals and monitoring solutions to provide system optimization.

Image and source: GE Newsroom

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