First Large-Scale Floating Seawater Desalination Plant Launched At Nordseewerke

The first large-scale, floating seawater desalination plant built in Germany (shown above) was launched recently at Thyssen Nordseewerke GmbH, Emden. Mrs. Traute Matthofer, wife of the German Federal Minister of Finance, named the floating plant Meda in the presence of her husband and numerous honorary guests.

The Meda is a new joint development by INCON Anlagentechnik GmbH, Homburg/ Saar, and Thyssen Nordseewerke GmbH, which was supported by the German Federal Minister for Research and Technology.

The seawater desalination plant is designed for a daily output of about 5,000 tons of fresh water. This production is arrived at by a new combination of processes, i.e., vapor compression (VC), vertical tub flow evaporation (VTFE), and multistage flash evaporation (MSF), which is said to achieve a hitherto unequalled economy of operation.

The plant is mounted on a nonpropelled barge of 67 meters in length, 16 meters in breadth, and 4.5 meters in depth, on which the deckhouse for the auxiliaries, controls, workshops, labs, and living quarters is arranged as well. The barge was built according to the rules and regulations of Germanischer Lloyd, who also supervised the construction.

After start-up and testing of the plant, it is intended to operate Meda as a demonstration unit in the Near East by INCON Anlagentechnik and Thyssen Nordseewerke.

The two companies involved have taken crucial steps toward greater production program extension and diversification by implementing this new seawater desalination plant.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 44,  Jul 1981

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