Case Study

Aquatech Supplies Zero Liquid Discharge For A 660 MW Gas Power Plant

Source: Aquatech International Corporation

In December 2010, the Colusa Generating Station, a 660-megawatt power plant located near the town of Maxwell in Colusa County began commercial operation. This facility incorporates the latest technology and environmental design to reduce emissions and dramatically lower water usage compared to conventional natural gas power plants. Cleaner burning turbines will allow the facility to use less fuel and emit 35 percent less carbon dioxide than older plants. The Colusa Generating Station will serve PG&E’s comprehensive energy strategy to meet California’s future energy needs with cost-effective and clean power supplies.

The Colusa Generating System will be dry cooled – preserving local water typically needed for power generation. The facility will capture steam generated during operation which will be condensed back into water and recycled through the plant to produce additional power. Further, water will be recycled through a Zero Liquid Discharge system that cleans potential wastewater for reuse throughout the plant. Aquatech was awarded a contract from Gemma Power Systems for this equipment.

The equipment that Aquatech provided included: Potable Ultrafiltration 300 GPM (68 m3/hr); Wastewater Ultrafiltration 500 GPM (114 m3/hr); Reverse Osmosis 60 GPM (14 m3/hr); Wastewater Reverse Osmosis 30 GPM (7 m3/hr); Forced Circulation Crystallizer; 10 GPM (2.2 m3/hr); which led to Zero Liquid Discharge.