GE to Support Bahrain’s Oil and Gas Industry in Wastewater management
Ensuring the availability of clean water is an issue in the region that demands innovative solutions. According to British risk analysis firm Maplecroft’s 2011 Water Stress Index, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries have been classified as ”extreme risk”. The Index calculates the ratio of domestic, industrial and agricultural water consumption against renewable supplies of water from precipitation, rivers and groundwater.
The Bahrain Petroleum Company B.C.S. (BAPCO) has chosen effective wastewater management as one solution to address the water scarcity issue. BAPCO has chosen GE to design and supply a Membrane Bioreactor System (MBR) system for the company’s oil refinery wastewater treatment plant in Sitra. Committed to managing its precious water resources, the project equipped with GE’s advanced water treatment technology, will support efforts to achieve the stringent wastewater quality levels specified by Bahrain’s General Directorate of Environment and Wild Life Protection regulation for wastewater discharge into the gulf.
Wastewater from refineries is complex and requires extensive treatment. The BAPCO Refinery, one of the largest in the Middle East and the oldest in the GCC, refines over 250,000 barrels of crude daily. At the heart of BAPCO’s oil refinery wastewater treatment plant is GE’s ZeeWeed* technology that will handle a maximum wastewater flow of about 24 million liters/day, roughly the amount of water required to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, from the refinery and Sitra Tank farm.
GE will provide support to BAPCO during its first five years of operation. GE’s water and process technologies business also has supplied other water-treatment technology for BAPCO Refinery.
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