Two Spanish desalination plants to install ERI’s PX-300 devices

The UTE Oropesa desalination plant is being built in Castellon, Spain, and is the first mega-scale desalination plant to use Energy Recovery Inc’s PX-300 devices with built-in Quadribaric technology. The modular, standardized design of the PX-300 device provides optimal performance and energy savings. The consortium of Técnicas Reunidas S.A., Torrescámara y Compañía de Obras S.A., Assignia Infraestructuras S.A. and Ionics, S.A.U. are serving as technology and building partners on the UTE Oropesa plant, which will produce roughly 50,000 m³ of fresh water per day, providing more than 13 million gallons daily to more than 150,000 residents of Castellon. Once running, the Oropesa facility will save an estimated 906 kW of energy and offset approximately 4,677 tonnes of CO2 annually using the PX-300 devices.

The consortium of OHL Medio Ambiente INIMA, FACSA, RENOS and ISOLUX CORSAN are serving as technology and building partners on the UTE Moncofa desalination plant. As part of its phase-one deployment, the facility will produce an estimated 30,000 m³ of fresh water per day, providing nearly 8 million gallons daily to 140,000 residents. Ultimately, the facility will produce up to 60,000 m³ (more than 15 million gallons) of fresh water per day. It will save an estimated 1,098 kW of energy and offset more than 5,673 tonnes of CO2 annually using ERI’s PX energy recovery devices.

Borja Blanco, executive vice president of Energy Recovery Inc said: “Energy Recovery has been changing the economics and environmental viability of seawater reverse osmosis desalination for years - including throughout Spain and the Mediterranean - helping to bring affordable clean water to regions in desperate need. The PX-300 devices, specifically, will be hugely beneficial to a desalination plant of Oropesa’s scale, delivering a highly efficient solution and premium performance that massive facilities require to deliver fresh water to thousands of people.”

ACUAMED, Spain’s Ministry of the Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs, is the owner and end-user of both plants.