Fishing company and producer of branded fish products Lucky Star, on Wednesday officially launched two desalination plants at its cannery and fishmeal operations on the West Coast, designed, installed and commissioned by JSE-listed AECI’s Water and Process subsidiary, AECI Water.
To date, the desalination plants at Lucky Star’s fishmeal operations at St Helena Bay and Laaiplek, have produced more than 50-million litres of water since their start-up at the end of April, 2018.
A water treatment plant built by AECI Water at Sea Harvest’s internationally accredited Saldanha fresh fish processing factories includes, Dissolved Air Floatation (DAF), Ultra Filtration (UF) and Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) systems. These technologies are used to treat effluent or sea water, thereby providing the company with all the water it requires, said Sea Harvest operations director Terence Brown on Thursday at the launch.
“The most important deliverable of the plant is 1.15 Mℓ of potable water per day. This will ensure that there is no disruption to our business, we remain sustainable and profitable and, importantly, protect jobs.”
The quality of the water produced by the plant will conform to the South African National Standard (SANS 241-1:2015) as a minimum requirement for potable water.