Prototype system for Office of Naval Research to produce 4,000 g/d.
Louisiana-based MECO has been selected by The Office of Naval Research (ONR) to construct a new prototype advanced desalination system. The new system, a 4,000 g/d (gallon per day) unit, joins an earlier 100,000 g/d system as part of multiphase ONR Future Naval Capability program aimed at introducing new desalination capabilities to the Navy fleet.
This is the second time that ONR has chosen MECO, a leading producer of water purification plants across the globe, to provide a highly reliable and energy efficient solution. Last month, the Office of Naval Research awarded MECO the construction of a 100,000 g/d system to be demonstrated on an LHA Amphibious Assault Ship.
“MECO is excited to be part of the talented team ONR has put together to execute these projects,” said George Gsell, MECO’s president. “These new systems will bring tremendous value to the Navy, especially when compared to the technology currently being used.”
MECO’s new system design will use advanced membrane and control technology to more reliably produce fresh water from challenging feedwater sources, while improving energy efficiency.
The plant is designed to minimize intervention for operation and maintenance, while improving reliability and life cycle costs. The prototype will be demonstrated at the US Navy Seawater Desalination Test Facility in Port Hueneme, California, later this year.
MECO is the world’s leading producer of water purification plants for offshore oil and gas platforms with facilities in Houston, Covington, La. and Singapore.