Black & Veatch work on $1.3B Koch Fertilizer plant expansion contributes to water award

Oklahoma project cited as example of collaboration for water management, environment, water reuse

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black & Veatch, a leading engineering and construction company with deep expertise in industrial water treatment, water reuse and water infrastructure, helped guide a Koch Industries subsidiary to an award-winning water treatment project at the Koch Fertilizer plant in Enid, Oklahoma.

Koch Fertilizer Enid LLC recently accepted the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s inaugural “Water for 2060 Excellence Award” as part of that governing panel’s goal that the state’s fresh water consumption in 2060 does not exceed its usage in 2010. The award was created to recognize groundbreaking contributions in water use efficiency and conservation of Oklahoma’s fresh water resources. The Koch Fertilizer project team also won Koch’s internal “Project of the Year” award.

Black & Veatch designed the new water treatment system that will enable Koch Fertilizer to switch the majority of its water supply from potable water to reclaimed city water as part of the larger $1.3 billion Koch Fertilizer Enid expansion project.

Enid is part of an area in Oklahoma where severe drought conditions had stressed the city’s water supply and challenged the fertilizer plant’s resilience. Koch Fertilizer leaders sought an environmentally responsible and financially viable solution to ensure that precious water resources were being managed in an efficient manner that benefits Enid’s citizens and industry. That solution includes using Koch Membrane Systems technology involving ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis membranes.

As part of the plant expansion launched in 2014, Black & Veatch provided design, program management, and engineering and procurement services for a new water treatment system. The upgrade – which includes a new, roughly 3.5-mile pipeline from the Enid water reclamation plant, ultrafiltration and single-pass reverse osmosis technology – treats tertiary wastewater from the city for use in the plant’s cooling towers and demineralized water treatment system. The expansion included construction of a 26,000-square-foot water treatment facility that will eventually save more than 4 million gallons of drinking water each day for the city.

“The expansion sharply reduces the plant’s dependence on Enid’s potable water supply, saving the client money while preserving a precious resource,” said Patrick Brabston, Black & Veatch project director. “For an area that has been grappling with drought, this focus on resource conservation is a huge payoff for everyone.”

“The Koch Water Treatment Project showcased the breadth of engineering expertise at Black & Veatch, including water treatment, pipeline design and project execution to provide Koch Fertilizer and the city of Enid with a practical and sustainable solution to water conservation,” added Vincent Como, Black & Veatch project manager.

Marc Hoss, plant manager for Koch Fertilizer, called the project “an ideal example of how public and private institutions can work together for a cleaner environment and more efficient use of valuable resources.”

“If Oklahoma is to achieve the goal established under the Water for 2060 Act of 2012 – consuming no more fresh water in 2060 than consumed in 2010 – it will require large-scale innovative water reclamation projects like Koch Fertilizer's Enid plant,” said Julie Cunningham, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s director. 

Steve Kime, Enid’s city public relations director, credited the collaboration with Koch with helping ensure sustainability of the city’s water supply.

“Often times the strength within a city and growth opportunities for communities rely on corporate partnerships. Enid is privileged to have many partnerships, and the relationship with Koch Fertilizer is a great example,” Kime said. “As our community looks for ways to conserve water usage and yet allow for growth to meet future needs, Koch has led the way in this effort by their innovative efforts to use reclaimed water in their processes.”

About Koch Fertilizer 
Koch Fertilizer, LLC and its affiliates, including Koch Fertilizer Enid, LLC, own or have interests in nitrogen fertilizer plants in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. The companies cover global demand through state-of-the-art terminals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. Koch Fertilizer, LLC and its affiliates have the capability to market and distribute more than 13 million tons of fertilizer products annually. Koch Fertilizer, LLC and Koch Fertilizer Enid, LLC are subsidiaries of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC.

About Black & Veatch 
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