Large Scale Seawater Desalination Project to Produce 200,000 Cubic Meters Per Day (52.8 Million US Gallons) of Fresh Water


SAN LEANDRO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2008--Energy Recovery, Inc. ("ERI") (NASDAQ:ERII), a global leader of ultra-high-efficiency energy recovery products and technology for desalination, announces the award of another large-scale energy recovery contract for seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination in Algeria. The Souk Tleta SWRO Desalination Plant, located in Tlemcen in Northwestern Algeria, will have a total capacity of 200,000 cubic meters per day (m3/day) (52.8 million US gallons per day (MGD)). The plant is slated to begin operation in the first half of 2010.


The Souk Tleta plant is being built by the Singapore-based company Hyflux on a 25-year build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis. It will provide desalinated seawater to the Algerian Energy Company (AEC), the state-owned national water entity of Algeria. Under the contract, ERI will supply the plant with 260 PX-220 energy recovery devices that will save an estimated 21 MW of energy.


Earlier this year, Hyflux also contracted ERI's PX technology for the 100,000 m3/day (26.4 MGD) Tianjin desalination project. This is the largest desalination project contracted in China to date.


Borja Blanco, ERI's GM and VP, Mega Projects Division, stated, "This is a significant award for us in that we are able to provide our client with maximum energy savings which results in the lowest life-cycle costs. Our technical staff works closely with all involved to ensure that the project achieves or surpasses the energy recovery expectations."


About ERI(R)


Energy Recovery, Inc. (ERI) is a leading manufacturer of energy recovery devices, which by significantly reducing energy consumption is helping make desalination affordable. ERI's PX Pressure Exchanger(R) technology (PX(R)) is a rotary positive displacement pump that recovers energy from the high pressure waste stream of sea water reverse osmosis systems at up to 98% efficiency with no downtime or scheduled maintenance.


The company has research, development and manufacturing facilities in the San Francisco technology corridor as well as direct sales offices and technical support centers in key desalination hubs such as Madrid, UAE, Shanghai and Florida. ERI service representatives are based in Algeria, Australia, China, India, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan and the Caribbean.


As the demand for clean, potable water increases; ERI is poised to face the global challenges ahead. For more information on ERI and PX technology, please visit www.energyrecovery.com.


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