Seventeen years after Osmoflo first provided water to South Australia’s iconic Coopers Brewery, Coopers have confirmed an extension to its water supply agreement with Osmoflo, strengthening its relationship with the desalination and water treatment company, and securing water treatment services at its Regency Park location for another decade.
Water is essential in the production of Coopers’ high quality beers and the new contract extends an existing build-own-operate (BOO) agreement.
This longstanding relationship began with Osmoflo providing a 1.5MLD water treatment plant in 2001. In 2007 following Coopers’ business expansion and increased water supply requirements, the plant capacity was increased to 3MLD.
Coopers uses treated artesian water to brew beer. With malting facilities soon to be operational, as well as increased production due to business growth, water requirements will increase proportionally. Osmoflo’s existing water treatment plant is critical in providing Coopers’ water requirements and the plant will now be upgraded with the refurbishment of existing assets and addition of a new RO train to increase its total water treatment capacity to 4.5MLD.
Ajay Jaggi, Osmoflo’s General Manager Sales said that “very few water treatment companies can claim this longevity in a build-own-operate contract. Building on an existing 17 years of water supply service, Coopers is showing great trust in Osmoflo’s capabilities; that we will successfully maintain, operate and deliver their water treatment requirements for another 10 years, at least.”
By entering into an extended build-own-operate arrangement, Osmoflo will continue to own and operate the RO plant, while providing Coopers with a reliable water source and cost savings. By treating bore water on site, the company does not have a reliance on mains water in their production activities; which comes at a substantially higher cost. A portion of the reject water from the RO plant is held in tanks on site and mixed with rainwater, which is then suitable for irrigation use on the Coopers’ site. This provides further cost savings for the company.
Nick Sterenberg, Operations Manager at Coopers added that "after almost two decades, Osmoflo continues to offer fantastic service and support to us. They provide flexible solutions that work for us and that will ensure the brewery’s water supply well into the future".
Osmoflo takes pride in its ability to offer clients not just the right technical solution, but also flexible financial and contractual arrangements that best suit their individual needs. A build-own-operate arrangement is one of these options. Osmoflo retains ownership of the plant and its operation and maintenance, while the client is then billed on a monthly basis, allowing them to minimise costs and risks, and focus on their core business. Osmoflo currently owns and operates 6 water treatment plants for clients in industries including mining, power supply, oil and gas and food & beverage. Osmoflo also provides similar solutions for temporary or emergency requirements, drawing on one of the largest rental fleets in the Asia Pacific region.
Osmoflo's water treatment plant is critical in providing Coopers' water requirements