Largest European Drinking Water Plant to Feature GE’s Advanced Membrane Technology Now Under Construction in Popular Italian

  Largest European Drinking Water Plant to Feature GE’s Advanced Membrane
  Technology Now Under Construction in Popular Italian Tourist Destination

  *GE’s ZeeWeed* 500 Membrane Technology to Provide Additional Potable Water
    for Citizens of Ravenna Province in Italy
  *New Plant Will Have Capacity to Treat 95 Million Liters of Water per Day,
    Providing Drinking Water to 400,000 People
  *Groundbreaking Ceremony Held Today to Celebrate

Business Wire

RAVENNA, Italy -- May 17, 2013

The largest drinking water purification plant in Europe to feature GE’s (NYSE:
GE) ZeeWeed* 500 advanced water treatment technology is under construction in
Ravenna, Italy. Located on the east coast of Italy, close to the Adriatic Sea
and part of the Mediterranean Sea, this popular tourist destination needed a
way to ensure increased water supply, as a result of repeated water shortages,
and high-quality drinking water for residents and visitors.

Several years ago, Romagna Acque – Società delle Fonti SpA, the public company
in charge of the water wholesale supply for Italy’s Romagna region, realized
it needed to heavily invest in supplementing its existing water supply to
ensure water always is available. The municipality selected GE’s membrane
technology for the project due to its ability to convert deteriorated raw
source water into high-quality, safe drinking water.

Often plagued by long periods of drought that cause the reservoirs to reach
critically low levels, the region turns to the Po River, the longest river in
Italy, as a drinking water source. The raw water from the Po River has a high
variation of solids and turbidity especially after rain, and the new drinking
water plant needed a reliable method to purify the severely deteriorated
incoming water.

“Our region’s economy depends on industrial assets and on seasonal tourists
who come to Ravenna’s coastal area for popular beaches and historical sites.
Safe and reliable drinking water is essential to ensuring visitors continue to
patronize the Romagna region,” said Andrea Gambi, CEO, Romagna Acque – Società
delle Fonti SpA. “We had been experiencing water shortages and needed to add
to our reliable supply of water. Building a new drinking water plant with GE’s
ZeeWeed technology is the key to turning the river into a safe and dependable
source of potable water.”

Once operational, the new drinking water plant utilizing GE’s ZeeWeed 500
technology will treat an average flow of 95 million liters per day (MLD),
which is enough water to serve approximately 400,000 people. GE will provide
the technology to the engineering, procurement and construction joint venture
led by Torricelli S.r.l., in partnership with Degrémont SpA. Featuring 40
cassettes filled with ZeeWeed 500 modules and distributed in eight filtration
trains, the new facility will be the largest potable plant of its kind in
Europe using GE technology.

GE ZeeWeed 500 technology is an advanced filtration technology that separates
particles, bacteria and viruses from water or wastewater. Nearly 1,000 plants
worldwide use this technology to produce superior quality. Its unique ability
to handle high peaks of solids and turbidity, combined with the high-efficient
process and low energy and chemicals usage, makes it ideal for treating
deteriorated or high variation raw water sources and always producing high and
stable drinking quality water.

“In recent years, Italy’s Romagna region has been afflicted with a limited and
deteriorating water supply from conventional sources such as reservoirs and
aquifers and was forced to turn to alternative water bodies, which can have
severely deteriorated quality. Sophisticated water treatment processes, like
GE’s ZeeWeed ultrafiltration technology, are ideal for when tough, raw source
water needs to be turned into potable water,” said Yuvbir Singh, general
manager, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power &
Water. “More and more governments and municipalities are looking into new ways
to safely and reliably generate potable water, regardless of how deteriorated
the original water source.”

Ultrafiltration uses a semi-permeable membrane barrier to reject suspended
solids, bacteria, viruses, endotoxins and other pathogens in water to produce
treated water known as permeate with very high purity and low silt density. It
serves as a pretreatment for surface water, seawater and biologically treated
municipal effluent before reverse osmosis and other membrane water treatment
systems. Ultrafiltration also is used in industry to separate suspended solids
from solution. GE’s ZeeWeed ultrafiltration membranes offer an unmatched
combination of ultrafiltration performance, energy efficiency, durability,
fast installation, ease of operation and reliability.

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coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced
technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to
water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include
Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Services, Renewable
Energy, Thermal Products and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in
Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

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