Gradiant Corporation’s foray into China is based on the significant demand-supply mismatch for fresh water in the region and new regulations surrounding industrial wastewater discharge. The country holds about 20% of the world’s population but only has 7% of the world’s freshwater supplies. Not only is there a shortage of water, there is a regional disparity of availability of fresh water. Northern China has less population density but accounts for 43% of water withdrawal driven by industrial water requirements mainly owing to the number of extractive industries like mining coal and hydrocarbon exploration and production. East China is water starved due to high density of population, manufacturing clusters and historic depletion of fresh water reserves.

 

Extractive industries and arid regions

Key Industries

Power Sector
  • Flue gas desulphurization wastewater treatment
  • Cooling tower blowdown treatment
  • Source water pretreatment
Coal to Liquids
  • Source water pretreatment
  • Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) treatment of wastewater
O&G (Upstream and Petrochemicals)
  • Produced water management
  • Waste water re-use and recycle

Business Model and Strategic Partners

Gradiant has a strategic partnership with Shanghai Electric to pursue power sector water treatment opportunities in China utilizing Carrier Gas Extraction technology. Shanghai Electric is the largest power utility equipment manufacturer and supplier in China. Given its experience developing water treatment as a service, Gradiant is pursuing the design-build-own-operate model.