#WaterWatch

Local desalination company says no to small-scale tender

Tom Callaghan, Head of business development at Grahamtek, says the first tranche of tenders for smaller scale desalination plants put out by the City of Cape Town is not economically viable for business.

We'll rather be bidding on the larger scale projects which is about a 50 megalitre plant.

Tom Callaghan, Head of business development at Grahamtek

He says this is more strategic and at a utility scale.

One of the most important aspects of desalination is understanding the consumer and making the product economically viable.

Economics is crucial. It's all about your water price delivery.

Tom Callaghan, Head of business development at Grahamtek

He says with smaller scale plants, especially in emergency situations, the risks are high.

The risks are just too high, the costs are exorbitant, and for 14 million litres, it is just such a small percentage of our water - rather just share a shower.

Tom Callaghan, Head of business development at Grahamtek

He says Grahamtek believes in doing good business and these tenders are just not worth it.

He says they have suggested potential sites for the large-scale land based plant. The plant needs to be close to the water reticulation system and Table Bay Harbour would be an ideal location, he says.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on 702 : Local desalination company says no to small-scale tender


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Stormwater harvesting could be Cape Town's water solution

Dr Kevin Winter says stormwater harvesting could be a water augmentation solution.

Bread consumption in South Africa is declining

Bread consumption in South Africa is declining

Executive Director at the South African Chamber of Baking, Geoff Penny, explains why the price of bread has declined.

Enviro expert raises red flag with City's ground water extraction plan

Enviro expert raises red flag with City's ground water extraction plan

The City is trying new ways to access an additional 500 million litres of water per day as it can no longer rely on rainfall.

Reverse osmosis water is purer than our tap water - engineering professor

Reverse osmosis water is purer than our tap water - engineering professor

A group of UCT graduates has done tremendous work in tackling waste water and desalination.

Listen: Why desalination plants may be viable, efficient and cost effective

Listen: Why desalination plants may be viable, efficient and cost effective

GrahamTek's Tom Callaghan has a fresh take on why converting sea water can be done productively and cost effectively.

WC hopes lie in water indaba with just 11% usable water left

WC hopes lie in water indaba with just 11% usable water left

The City has been considering aquifers as a way to solve water problems, but it's not as easy as it sounds.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

SANDF soldier arrested for robbery on trial for attempted murder

SANDF soldier arrested for robbery on trial for attempted murder

Operations chief, General Barney Hlatshwayo's personal driver was arrested on Tuesday.

[WATCH] 'These thugs need to be arrested and rot in jail'- Bongani Bingwa

[WATCH] 'These thugs need to be arrested and rot in jail'- Bongani Bingwa

Bongani Bingwa shares his thoughts on the Panyaza Lesufi 'effigy' incident on Wednesday.

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Everything you know about success is (mostly) wrong

Allon Raiz on “Barking up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong”.

Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Defence: State has failed to prove that Van Breda killed his family

Henri van Breda’s legal team presented its closing arguments in the Western Cape High Court.

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Hope Ramaphosa: Cyril never lifted a finger to me, he wouldn't beat a woman

Cyril Ramaphosa's ex-wife says abuse allegations spread by EFF leader Julius Malema are an attempt to tarnish his reputation.

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

Is Shakespeare still relevant to SA's school curriculum?

How relevant is Shakespeare in SA's English literature which is written in a manner that no one speaks today?

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

3 reasons for the petrol price hike (and why it will hurt more than you think)

Economist Dawie Roodt says that the petrol price hike is going to boost the cycle of inflation and force interest rates up.