Making waves

GE Water & Process Technologies, a division of General Electric, is working with Newport-based company, Orb Electrical Steels, to help achieve its water and cost-saving targets.


GE Water & Process Technologies, a division of General Electric (GE), is working with Newport-based company, Orb Electrical Steels, to help achieve its water and cost-saving targets.


As part of the project, representatives from the two companies are working together to introduce cost-saving initiatives for Orb, which produces specialty steels and is part of the Corus group.


Schemes have so far included the addition of rainwater capture capabilities and the redesign of water management systems to enable the re-use of existing site water.


As a result, Orb Electrical Steels has reduced its annual water usage by around 276,000m2 and its annual operating costs by approximately £300,000.


Orb’s efforts have gained it a GE ecomagination Leadership Award, which is given to the top one percentile of GE Water & Process Technologies’ customers who demonstrate significant economical performance improvements.


Gareth Makarek, energy manager of Orb Electrical Steels, said: ‘Further projects are continuing and indications are that our site’s water consumption will continue to be reduced. The savings realised so far in operations have nearly doubled our return on investment for the improvements that have been implemented.’

GE has pledged to reduce its own fresh water use by 20 per cent by 2010. This is enough to free up 7.4 million cubic meters of fresh water a year and will contribute to the company’s urban and environmental regeneration programme in London.