SciDev expands to meet tunnel demand

Waste treatment technology SciDev has extended its involvement in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project works package and is expanding its Kings Park production facility to meet demand.

The Perth company’s agreement with the CYP Design and Construction joint venture will now include its MaxiDry chemistry and Optiflox technology.

The products will be used in the de-watering of two tunnel boring machines building the eastern section of the two nine-kilometre long metro tunnels.

The TBM slurries will be treated, enabling the separation of solid waste and the recirculation of water into the boring process.

SciDev provides chemistry and process control for solids-liquid separation in mineral processing, sewerage treatment, the dairy industry and food manufacturing.

The larger scope of the Melbourne contract has sparked a tripling in size of its Kings Park factory which will be capable of delivering an additional 12,000 tonnes of chemicals annually following expansion.

SciDev managing director Lewis Utting said: “The infrastructure sector represents a globally significant opportunity for the company where our coordinated solutions can support both processing, (and) water and waste management requirements.

SciDev’s capabilities have recently been strengthened through a partnership with China-based Nuoer Group, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of water-soluble polymers.

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