GrahamTek Submits White Paper to Cape Town Municipality

Cape Town – The city has in its midst a local company with the world’s leading water desalination technology readily available to successfully tackle its current water problems – not just for the short-term, but also for the long-term.

GrahamTek is currently in final design stages of plants in India and Saudi Arabia totalling 800 million litres per day and pumping desalinated water over distances of more than 700 km. It has partnered with the global engineering firm Du Pont, consulting on the world’s largest desalination plants in the Middle East where each of these plants produces more than 1 000 million litres per day. 

For Cape Town, this is an opportunity to begin turning the impact of the drought around, even before the end of the year. GrahamTek, a global desalination and water purification company based in Strand with over 20 years’ experience, is eager to team up with the City to relieve the stress on current limited water supply.

GrahamTek CEO, Julius Steyn, has emphasised the need to act fast. “Last week we presented a white paper to the City of Cape Town, proposing a range of solutions to Cape Town’s water crisis. These range from emergency relief which can be implemented almost immediately, to a much longer term, permanent desalination solution.”

Desalination offers a long-term capacity building solution that will secure drought-proof water supply for the City, and in so doing meet the City objectives of developing a water economy.”

GrahamTek proposes to deploy temporary modular and fully mobile 20 million litres per day desalination plants at strategic locations to rapidly supplement the City’s water supply without the need to build time-consuming bulk infrastructure. GrahamTek committed to deploying up to 100 million litres per day within 4 months. The bulk infrastructure for larger more permanent plants will be constructed in parallel, and the mobile plants can then be relocated and installed there when completed, providing up to 450 million litres per day, nearly two thirds of Cape Town’s current requirement. 

This highly flexible phased delivery will provide an augmented, non-conflicting and temporary disaster relief solution that could, in future, be converted at the City’s discretion to a long-term infrastructure asset and water source that is unlimited and drought-proof.

Tom Callaghan, Head of business development at GrahamTek, said that there will also be no large upfront capital expenditure or risk for the City as GrahamTek offers to design, build, finance, insure, manage and operate the plants, including the civil infrastructure required up to a distribution point, offering the water of SANS 241 standard to the City within current municipal rates.

GrahamTek also presented a similar proposal to Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality last week to help tackle their looming water crisis.

Download the White Paper here

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