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French company SUEZ to supply wastewater treatment equipment for Irkutsk Polymer Plant

March 9, 2021

French company SUEZ has signed a contract to supply wastewater treatment equipment for the Irkutsk Polymer Plant. OOO “Irkutsk Oil Company”, one of Russia’s largest independent hydrocarbon producers, is building a state-of-the-art plant in Eastern Siberia.
Французская компания Suez поставит оборудование для очистки сточных вод Иркутского завода полимеров

SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions will supply wastewater treatment technology which employs a membrane bioreactor, reverse electrodialysis and evaporation with thermal vapour recompression. This technology will enable the plant to achieve almost zero liquid waste and introduce maximum water reuse, thereby limiting the plant’s environmental impact. The agreement also provides for a 10-year after-sales service contract.

The wastewater treatment process will enable the Irkutsk Polymer Plant to comply with national regulations, including regulations for wastewater discharge into fishery water bodies, which are among the most stringent in the world.

“This project demonstrates the value of our vast portfolio and how the right combination of cutting-edge technologies can help the customer achieve their unique goals,” said Petr Sudilovsky, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions for Western/Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS. “We are honoured to help Irkutsk Polymer Plant recycle up to 98 % of wastewater, drawing on our global experience and growing presence in Russia”.

Once commissioned, the treatment plant will handle the maximum design capacity of 400 m3/h.

“Cutting-edge technologies and equipment from the world's leading manufacturers will be used during the construction and subsequent operation of the plant,” said Egor Fomin, Director of the Irkutsk Polymer Plant. “Thanks to our partners, including SUEZ, we intend to create a high-tech safe plant for the deep conversion of hydrocarbon raw materials in Eastern Siberia”.

The construction of Irkutsk Polymer Plant is carried out by OOO “Irkutsk Oil Company” as part of the staged implementation of an extensive gas project, including the development of a natural and associated petroleum gas production, treatment, transportation, and processing system at their own fields.

The latest technologies that meet strict international environmental requirements will be used for the construction of the plant. The Irkutsk Polymer Plant will be similar to the modern plants across the world. Its commissioning is scheduled for 2024. The design documentation for the Irkutsk Polymer Plant was approved by Glavgosexpertiza Russia and received a positive environmental impact assessment in 2020.

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