History of Westgarth
Originally part of the Weir Group, a Glasgow company with a long and proud engineering history, the Westgarth division was purchased along with other business units by VWS in July 2005.
Renamed VWS Westgarth, and as an integral part of VWS, we are able to utilise the specialist R&D and process abilities of the world's largest water treatment company.
Company time line
1884: First form of Desalination unit supplied by G & J Weir
1957: Weir Invented and patented the MSF process (Professor Robert Silver)
1962: Weir Westgarth incorporated following amalgamation with Richardsons Westgarth of Wallsend
1964: Weir Westgarth moved from West Hartlepool offices to Cathcart, Glasgow
1968: Company's first (and only) triple-decked MSF Desalination Plants installed in Malta G.C.
1970: Abu Dhabi's first MSF Desalination Plant for the Ministry of Water & Electricity - 12 migpd
1985: World's largest SWRO Plant - Ad Dur, Bahrain - 45,000 m3/day
1992: World's first SRP package - Agip Tiffany, North Sea - 100,000 BPD
1993: World's largest RO plant operating on Sewage Effluent - Madras Fertiliser - 12,500 m3/day
1995: World's largest MSF plant at 60 migpd Jebel Ali Station'G'
1999: UK's largest SWRO Desalination Plant - Jersey, Channel Isles - 6,000 m3/day
2003: World's first SRP using patented microfiltration pre-treatment - Nexen Buzzard - 251,700 BPD
2004: World's largest SRP - BP Plutonio (Angola) - 415,300 BPD (< 20ppm product sulphate content)
2005: Company acquired by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
2005: Moved to new offices in East Kilbride
2006: Offices opened in Gloucester, England and Houston, USA
2009: Luanda office opened
2011: VWS Westgarth takes over responsibility of the VWS Rio de Janerio office