Lummus Technologies acquires water and wastewater treatment technologies from Siemens Energy

Article by Kerry Hebden

LUMMUS Technologies has acquired water and wastewater treatment technologies from Siemens Energy along with intellectual property and copyrights, trade secrets, and research and development properties as part of the deal. 

Headquartered outside Houston, Texas, Lummus is a licensor of proprietary gas processing, refining, petrochemical, and gasification technologies as well as a supplier of catalysts, equipment and related services. These technologies are critical in the gasification of coal into syngas, the refining of crude oil into gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and lubricants, and the processing of natural gas into various chemicals and polymers.   

The deal, which is for an undisclosed sum, means that Lummus will now be the owner of Siemens Energy’s Zimpro wet air oxidation (WAO) technology and PACT system. The Zimpro WAO system is designed to treat spent caustic generated in the production of ethylene by destroying odorous and high chemical oxygen demand (COD) pollutants. The system also generates an effluent that can be safely neutralised and sent to a biological treatment plant, where it is further treated for discharge.  

The PACT process on the other hand is a wastewater treatment process designed to remove organic pollutants from industrial wastewater.  

Along with yielding cleaner wastewater for reuse at industrial facilities, these two technologies can also help reduce a plant’s operating costs, and carbon footprint, Lummus said. 

Leon de Bruyn, CEO of Lummus Technology said: “Water and wastewater management in industrial complexes is critical for our customers who are looking for answers to improve energy efficiency, make their operations more sustainable, and comply with environmental regulations and standards. This acquisition adds to our growing integrated technology portfolio and provides yet another sustainable solution for our customers.” 

Article by Kerry Hebden

Staff reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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