LANXESS ion exchangers and membrane elements are also used in the new water treatment plant from the leading Egyptian fertilizer manufacturer, Alexandria Fertilizers Co. (Alexfert), in Alexandria. The brackish water with a salt content between 0.1 and 1 percent is pre-treated using reverse osmosis (RO) with a total of 228 Lewabrane B400 FR elements, and fully demineralized with Lewatit MonoPlus ion exchange resins. The combination of the two technologies not only results in the required final demineralized water conductivity of less than 0.08 μS/cm (microsiemens per centimeter) and 2 ppb SiO2 (parts per billion silicon dioxide), but also provides a stable and reliable process.
“Our membrane elements exhibit an excellent level of performance with the Nile surface water, which is difficult to treat. The measurements for retention capacity even exceed expectations,” says Alexander Scheffler, Membrane Business Director at the LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies Business Unit. Ashraf Aly Mostafa, Project Manager at Alexfert, remarks: “Using reverse osmosis for pre-treatment means we can reduce the consumption of specific chemicals for resin bed regeneration by around 60 percent.”