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Water scarcity drives demand for water treatment technology and national expansion of MAK Water

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article image Desalination and Waste Water treatment plants for the Wheatstone project in Onslow, Western Australia

Perth based manufacturer, MAK Industrial Water Solutions Pty Ltd (MAK Water) has acquired Queensland based water treatment manufacturer, Clearmake Water Treatment and Recycling Solutions (Clearmake) as part of a national expansion strategy.

MAK Water CEO Andy Byk explains that the demand for desalination and water treatment is growing exponentially, given the growing scarcity of water in Australia due to unreliable rainfall, and remote communities and operations having to rely on treated water to fill the gap.

MAK Water has experienced huge growth in demand for desalination and waste water treatment plants as companies seek to desalinate bore or sea water or recycle waste water for remote industrial, commercial and residential operations. The privately owned company has experienced 50% year-on-year growth since 2009, servicing mining, oil and gas and other industrial clients as well as communities lacking clean fresh water services such as the town of Eucla, Ayers Rock Resort and Rottnest Island.

According to Andy Byk, MAK Water’s water treatment services enable communities to recycle waste water that would normally be wasted, making it useful for toilet flushing, laundry and irrigation. Recycling waste water benefits the environment by preserving scarce clean natural water resources for drinking.

MAK Water operates a dozen desalination plants in the Pilbara region for industrial and drinking water supply for clients such as Woodside, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The company has also previously managed the water systems for the Chevron Gorgon project on Barrow Island servicing a population of 4,500.

MAK Water also exports its products to the offshore gas industry and clients based in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and the Pacific Islands, where the company provides desalination services for the Nauru detention centre. Exports account for 15% of MAK Water’s trade.

Clearmake, acquired by MAK Water manufactures water treatment and recycling systems that enable industrial waste water and harvested storm water to be recycled for commercial and industrial applications. Clearmake has developed the technology locally and has over 4,000 systems in operation throughout Australia including in the Coal Seam Gas sector, where they have recently supplied condensate recycling systems to Santos for its GLNG project.

Andy Byk said that the acquisition was part of MAK Water’s strategy to develop its capabilities on the east coast and provide additional value by better supporting Clearmake’s customers through its Perth, Karratha, Melbourne and Adelaide service offices. Clearmake’s water recycling products will complement and enhance MAK Water’s existing capabilities in desalination and waste water treatment, enabling both companies to support each other’s products in new geographical markets.

Clearmake’s product range includes oil water separators for discharging trade waste to the sewer system, spill detection and control systems for the petroleum and electrical distribution industries, wash down recycling systems for vehicle and equipment wash down bays, and storm water treatment products.

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