Veolia to upgrade water treatment for Taiwan’s Formosa Petrochemical

Veolia was awarded a contract worth over €15 million with Formosa Petrochemical, a leading Taiwanese refiner and olefins producer, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
As per Formosa's goal to expand the production capacity of its Mai Liao petrochemical complex (on the southwest coast of Taiwan) and reduce its surface water consumption, Veolia will proceed to an upgrade of the site's water treatment plant. 

This solution and the technologies implemented by Veolia on this site will provide for an important decrease in raw water consumption of the plant (from 60,000 m3/day down to 25,000 m3/day, of which 5,000 m3/day of water reused), yet also give higher treatment of effluents and protection of the environment in this region, in particular of a rare and unique species of pink dolphins.
In the framework of this contract, the result of a cooperation between the companies to lay out the most appropriate technology, Veolia will design the water treatment plant upgrade, supply the technology and equipment and guarantee a performance on the upgraded plant.

Solutions used at the Mai Lioa site include in-house technologies such as AnoxKaldnes MBBR (moving bed bio reactor), which maximizes water reuse.
“This contract demonstrates that with its more than 350 proprietary water treatment technologies and solid experience in managing projects for the oil and gas industry," said Thierry Froment, CEO of Veolia Water Oil & Gas.

"Veolia is able to offer prominent clients such as Formosa integrated water treatment solutions that maximize water reuse and so reduce the water footprint of these industrial installations, as well as improve their economic performance.”
The Mai Liao complex is the largest in Taiwan with a refining capacity of 540,000 bpd and a yearly production of ethylene and propylene exceeding 2.9 and 2.3 million tons, respectively.

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