SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions (SUEZ WT&S) has broken ground on a new laboratory in Tomball, Texas, USA. The facility, located northwest of Houston, USA, will serve as a research and development (R&D) center of specialty chemicals for the industrial segment, as well as expand the company’s reach in the oil and gas industry, focusing on global upstream and downstream applications.
Headquartered in Paris, France, SUEZ provides water and waste management solutions worldwide. SUEZ acquired GE Water in 2017, merging it into its existing Industrial Solutions business, creating SUEZ WT&S. Today, SUEZ WT&S has more than 10,000 employees and 17 research facilities around the world.
“The new SUEZ technology facility in Texas was developed with an emphasis on increased safety and environmental design concepts to deliver state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure and training facilities for our engineers and scientists who are developing and supporting new chemical and monitoring technologies,” said Amy Ericson, global business leader for chemicals and monitoring solutions, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions. “This R&D facility also will increase our digital capabilities while allowing us to provide greater support for our diverse industrial customer base.”
Scheduled to open in August 2018, the 50,000 sq.ft. (4645 m2) facility will house subject matter experts that support the global business, including various specialty techniques such as metallurgical failure analysis and advanced analytical research such as chromatographic and mass spectrometry methods development. The new laboratory also will provide industrial water, oil, microbiological, deposit, and metallurgical failure testing to support SUEZ’s customers. In addition, the site will have an advanced technical training center for engineers and scientists – both internal and customer-oriented.
“The new facility will incorporate a multitude of different assets that help our analysis,” said George DeLong, Global Analytical Laboratory Leader at SUEZ WT&S. “Everything from simple PH instrumentation to very complex chromatography/mass spectrometers, scanning electron microscopes, x-ray diffractometers, and more.”
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