Aqua-Chem Inc. in Knoxville, TN won a $26.1 million firm-fixed-price requirements-type contract for 36,000 gallon-per-day Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination systems. The RO desalination unit is designed to produce 36,000 gallons per day of fresh water, with a total dissolved solids level below 500 parts per million from seawater. Aqua-Chem’s systems have been installed in a wide variety of civilian and military ships; these units will be used in modernization programs for the US Navy’s FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry Class frigates and LSD amphibious unit transports.
Work will be performed in Knoxville, TN and is expected to be complete by December 2012. The contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with 4 proposals received by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Ship System Engineering Station in Philadelphia, PA (N65540-07-D-0004).