Water Journal : Water Journal November 2012-1
regular features 26 NOVEMBER 2012 water industry news “Although various water management options are available – such as irrigation and livestock watering – the ultimate decision should not be based exclusively on economics. Operators should consider a multitude of options and keep as many of these open as possible – particularly in Australia, where the volume of water produced is very difficult to predict. Flexibility in design of CSG infrastructure will enable operators to adapt quickly to different challenges and contexts. He concluded: “Planning the entire life cycle of a CSG project from permitting to reclamation is key. Engage and build strong and open relationships with all stakeholders. Involve soil scientists, environmental scientists, agronomists, biologists, hydrogeologists – keep data available and credible. Perform self- assessments so that audits become an exercise of verification. Most importantly, be honest and do the right thing.” $1 Million in Funding Released For Water Projects The Smart Water Fund will make available $1 million in funding to support innovative urban water projects. The release of the funding will be the Smart Water Fund’s 10th round, with applications opening in mid-October. Smart Water Fund CEO Christine Cussen said, “The announcement of the next round of funding provides an excellent opportunity for Smart Water Fund to continue to invest in leading edge research and innovation on behalf of Victoria’s water utilities.” This round of Funding will be open to commercial businesses, research institutions and consulting firms for projects which are able to demonstrate benefits and value to the Smart Water Fund Joint Venture partners. More specifically, the Fund will seek applications in the areas of: • Resource Recovery (e.g. energy or mineral recovery and opportunities in carbon sequestration as a result of carbon pricing introductions); • Innovation in Asset Planning, Construction, Maintenance and Renewal with the potential to enhance industry productivity or reduce costs. “It has been some time since the Smart Water Fund has gone to the external market to source best practice innovation outside the utility sector and we remain confident that these new investments will add significant value to Victoria’s urban water utilities and their customers,” said Christine. Since starting in 2002 the Smart Water Fund has invested in over 195 projects that have received total funding of approximately $30 million. Further information including funding guidelines and applications is available on the Smart Water Fund website at www.smartwater.com.au. MWH Makes Key Appointment Global engineering and consulting firm MWH Global has appointed Sean O’Meara to its Queensland- based position of business development leader for transportation. Mr O’Meara will focus on identifying how MWH can assist public and private sector clients to successfully achieve their objectives of delivering sustainable and value for money infrastructure solutions. Mr O’Meara joins MWH from his most recent role with BHP – Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) where he was involved in the analysis and evaluation of the performance of their major mining operations in Queensland. With over 12 years’ experience in the private and public sector, Mr O’Meara brings an extensive range of existing relationships to the business, as well as a strong technical understanding in infrastructure project evaluation and delivery. NanoH2O Selected As A Top 50 Water Company NanoH2O Inc, manufacturer of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for seawater desalination, has been chosen for the 2012 Artemis Top 50 Water Tech ListingTM. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company has been named by the Artemis Project, which promotes solutions to address global water challenges. This year’s list was compiled by a jury that included experts from corporations such as Intel, Archer Daniels Midland, IBM, Ecolab and Syngenta as well as McKinsey, CH2M HILL, Carollo Engineers and Singapore’s Public Utilities Board. For further information call +61 2 9624 9800, or visit www.rpctechnologies.com Infrastructure & Environment PROVEN EXPERTISE ON YOUR SIDE From wastewater treatment plants, to cooling water pipes, to desalination plants, RPC Technologies has over 30 years of experience. • Odour Control – Biotrickling Filters in partnership with Azzuro • Odour Control – Ducts & Covers • Marine and Offshore Works • GRP Liners • GRP/GRE Pipes & Fittings • GRP Tanks & Vessels • Site GRP/GRE Installation Works • Dampers & Expansion Joints RPC Technologies designs, manufactures and installs a comprehensive range of FRP / GRP solutions. Our turnkey service offers: Your next project matters, so contact RPC to have our proven expertise on your side.
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