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treatment becoming so mainstream there's no
ROEM elimination would stand as millennial development for traditional desalting industry.
-X TALKS ARE NEARLY SETTLED BETWEEN PINELLAS COUNTY, FL AND DUPONT FOR R&D
-\facility including expandable 5 MGD versatile membrane plant producing water for sale to county.
"We've been in hard negotiations and chances are very good for agreement by Oct. 28," and contract
recommendation to county commissioners, said Pick Talley, Pinellas County utilities director.
If negotiations with DuPont are wrapped up by end of mo., Talley said, contract recommendation
would be taken up at first commission meeting in November.
DuPont's interest is in full scale facility to develop, collect data and learn more about its products in
operation from brackish, high salinity groundwater and seawater resources available at Pinellas County
(WDR,13Mar,l). County wants to meld alternate water source with cultural park and educational
opportunities located at its botanical garden at Largo. D.R. Barton, DuPont business development mgr.
handling negotiations, also said discussions were in final stages and would be settled in next few weeks.
TAMPA BAY PROPOSALS. To any doubts 20-50 MGD Tampa Bay seawater project would receive
BOOT proposals due Dec. 1 (WDR,18Sept,2), Talley said, "Oh, they (West Coast Regional Water
Supply Authority) will get proposals, how reasonable I don't know." He said Progress Energy had big
Anclote power station and power to sell, and doubted Progress Energy/lonics Partnership, one of four
qualified consortia, wouldn't bid.
Other consortia attending preproposal meetings: US Water (Bechtel/Kiewit) and DuPont, Stone &
Webster et al, Parsons/IDE.
TEXAS OIL RIGS PUMPING PROSPERITY AGAIN, BETTER TIMES ARE SPREADING
across TX oil patch. "A newly efficient industry, spreading use of high-tech gadgetry, spectacular
offshore finds and a significant new gas play in eastern TX all are contributing to the highest levels of
activity in a decade or more," says Associated Press item out of White Oak, TX.
Rig count is at 12-yr. high in TX, Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico. New drilling permits in TX are up
by nearly one-third this fiscal yr. over last, and oil & gas employment rose last yr. for first time since
1988 (but for slight upturns in 1990 and 1991 during Persian Gulf crisis).
STEADY CUSTOMER. All of which spells good news for desalting, always counting oil patch as
good customer. Suppliers such as Mechanical Equipment Co. (MECO), Beaird Industries
(WDR,28Aug,2), Aqua-Chem and numerous smaller RO system suppliers have supplied offshore rigs
and shore-side facilities through good times and lean.
What makes post-1986 slide of TX oil seem to be history is non-cyclical aspect of present
prosperity, or as one Houston banker put it: "The cycle's being driven by good old-fashioned demand
for oil and gas, not by expectations of high commodity prices."
Some believe surging demand in former Soviet Union and industrializing Far East are pressuring
worldwide oil supplies as exploration & drilling shrinks and reserves dwindle. Others see world oil
WATER DESALINATION REPORT October 23, 1997