Fluence Corporation will build a $48 million, 5.8 million gallon/day seawater desalination plant for Comisión Estatal del Agua de Baja California (CEA), the State Water Commission of Baja California, to provide water for the town of San Quintin, Mexico.

Pending legislative hurdles, construction could begin as early as the beginning of the third quarter of 2018 and should be fully operational within 20 months of the start date. The San Quintin desalination plant will serve more than 100,000 residents in Baja California, a region the Mexican government has declared in drought since 2014.

Fluence and its local partners will sell the produced water to the San Quintin area for the next 30 years, generating an estimated $10 million of recurring annual billings for Fluence. Thereafter, ownership of the plant will be transferred to the customer.

Fluence was established a year ago through the merger of Israeli company Emefcy, which devised a breakthrough wastewater treatment system, with RWL Water. The company headquarters is in New York while the Israel business of each company was merged into Emefcy’s main research-and-production center in Caesarea.

Fluence operates in more than 70 countries including the United States, China, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, France and Dubai.