Fluence Corp Ltd has signed a US$10 million contract for the design, engineering and construction of a 12 000 m3/day seawater desalination plant at a steel production facility in eastern Brazil.

The Fluence desalination solution was selected through an international tender process by the customer to address water security and reduce dependence on the local utility. During water crises over recent years, the state-owned utility has curtailed water delivery to the customer by up to 30%. The plant will be designed for modular expansion to 24 000 m3/day and 36 000 m3/day and will be the largest desalination plant in Brazil.

Construction is expected to start in the second quarter of 2019 and the plant should be operational by the fourth quarter of 2020.

“This project is Fluence’s largest project to date in Brazil and provides another valuable reference site,” said Fluence managing director and CEO Henry Charrabé. “Brazil is one of our key focus markets, as Fluence enhances its footprint as the leader in global decentralized water and wastewater treatment markets with local expertise. We are pleased that this important repeat international customer is once again placing their faith in Fluence’s team of engineers, and we look forward to continuing to jointly grow the relationship across their global operations.”