Desalination Package Plants

Veolia is a world leader in packaged seawater desalination plants. Our Seawater Desalination Water Techno Packages provide customers with a reliable, environmentally responsible, plug-and-play solution to turn seawater into fresh, potable water for small scale, temporary and remote coastal settlements.

Mobile, easily installed, compact modular units can produce potable water to SANS 241 standards for use by residents, agriculture and industry, with desalination plant capacities starting at 0.075 mega litres per day.

Package plants provide a cost-effective system for water treatment processes in South Africa and Africa:

  • Range of packaged plants for flowrates up to 3 MLD
  • Feed water salinity up to 40 000 mg/L TDS
  • Energy savings up to 55%
  • Factory Acceptance Tested (FAT)
  • Chemical Pre-Treatment protects RO membranes

Secure a renewable freshwater supply with Veolia’s desalinasation package plants. Enquire now.

Reliable Desalination Package Plant Solutions

With nearly 75% of the world's population living within 25 kilometres of the coast, and water availability predicted to become the world's number-one growth inhibitor, desalination plant technology offers a solution to a range of fresh water shortage problems.

Energy recovery technology can help to significantly optimise a desalination plant's energy consumption. It recovers energy from the high-pressure reverse osmosis membrane process, significantly reducing running costs and lowering the plant's carbon footprint.

Chemicals For Desalination

Chemicals for desalination water treatment from Veolia South Africa comprise the Hydrex™ 4000 series, one in Veolia’s range of Hydrex™ chemicals. These specific chemicals for desalination methods optimises membrane processes. Hydrex™ 4000 protects membrane elements by keeping them free of scale and bacteria growth, simultaneously avoiding external elemental degradation through specially formulated chemicals.

Developed for reverse osmosis, nanofiltration and ultrafiltration treatment plants, water treatment chemicals from Veolia South Africa have international membrane suppliers’ approval and are used across Africa.

Important Factors When Considering Desalination Plant Technology

Veolia analyses customers' required water volumes, water availability and the quality of available water to enable a comprehensive understanding of a desalination plant's role in improving water security.

To further offset a desalination plant's environmental impact, Veolia uses this data to find the best solution for disposing of high-salinity brine coming off the desalination plant's membrane processes. Options include discharging high-salinity water with treated wastewater with low salinity.

Case Studies


desalination plant solution in Mauritius

Two reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant solutions were supplied to a four star hotel in Mauritius. Each desalination plant produces approximately 62.5 kL per day (totalling 125 kL per day), and features energy recovery technology to make the total solution as energy efficient as possible.

Ndlambe Municipality, Eastern Cape

desalination plant solution in Ndlambe Municipality

Veolia refurbished the Ndlambe Municipality's existing drinking water plant to produce 750 m3 of SANS 241-compliant potable water per day.

Once commissioned, Veolia operated and maintained the desalination plant for a period of 14 months, ensuring maximum efficiency and reliability.

Hydrex™ Water Treatment Chemicals

Veolia South Africa supplies the Hydrex™ range of water treatment chemicals as part of its industrial, municipal and commercial water treatment solutions. Manufactured in Johannesburg, this range of water treatment chemicals optimises the entire water cycle while reducing treatment plants’ operating and maintenance costs, whatever your water treatment needs.

Aquavista™ For Smarter Water Solutions

Our Water Techno Packages come standard with AQUAVISTA™ digital monitoring and optimisation tools.

AQUAVISTA™ helps operators manage their water treatment systems smarter, more effectively and more conveniently.

Securely stored in the Cloud, AQUAVISTA™ is accessible Anytime, Anywhere and on Any Device through a single private portal. All features are available in real-time, providing a full data dashboard overview. This allows our customers to efficiently manage their facilities and water treatment equipment while generating maximum value form their assets and processes. 

Tailored Operations & Maintenance

Our extensive technical and project management capabilities and aftersales O&M assure our clients of improved operation and minimum lifecycle costs. Tailored O&M contracts from Veolia South Africa ensure all your water-related infrastructure and systems are optimised for maximum performance and compliance, so you can focus on your core business.

Veolia’s Ambitions For Africa

Rapid urbanisation and industrialisation in Africa requires new strategies for water treatment and infrastructure. Veolia South Africa’s Ambitions for Africa project aims to anchor Veolia in Africa through local partnerships, community engagement and tailor-made solutions that meet the continent’s evolving needs for efficient, robust, low-footprint water treatment solutions.


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