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Wessex Water awards Bluewater Bio Three Phosphorus Removal Contracts

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that its high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, has been selected for three projects within Wessex Water (“Wessex”) in order to achieve compliance with tighter phosphorus consents, as set by the Water Framework Directive (WFD).  The schemes are located at Winscombe, Sherborne and Rowde. BwB will provide in each case a fully automated Tertiary Solids Removal (TSR) plant. The contracts follow on from the Company’s recent contract award for Severn Trent Water at Itchen Bank STW and marks the first time FilterClear has been deployed at Wessex operated treatment plants.

BWB will work directly with Wessex Water and its Tier 1 delivery partners in providing a Tertiary Solids Removal filtration plants at all three sites.

Site Details

Site Name FFT  m3/hr Total phosphorous consent
Winscombe STW 91 0.5mg/l
Rowde STW 115 0.5mg/l
Sherborne STW 391 0.5mg/l

Andrew Bibby, Business Development Manager of Bluewater Bio, commented: “These three schemes add to a growing list of sub 0.5mg/l TP FilterClear reference sites.  The start of AMP 6 witnessed a significant tightening of TP consents and instigated a national trial to understand if TP consents could be technically and sustainably achieved. As we head in AMP 7, FilterClear is demonstrating its pedigree in comfortably achieving low TP’s at equally impressive low whole life costs. FilterClear’s ability to satisfy 0.1mg/l TP’s make it an obvious choice where clients are considering future proofing for AMP8.  BWB are delighted to secure these three awards and looking to engage further with Wessex Water to develop standardized FilterClear packages to ensure future schemes are delivered as economically and efficiently as possible”.

FilterClear is a high-rate multimedia filtration technology, capable of treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s. The technology has a proven track record across multiple applications, both domestically and internationally, having proven to be highly competitive when compared with both conventional and next generation filtration systems.

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Bluewater Bio Secures 6th Phosphorus Removal Contract with Severn Trent Water

Bluewater Bio Limited is pleased to announce that Severn Trent Water , through its key capital delivery partner MWH Treatment Limited, has selected the Company’s high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, for the provision of a Tertiary Solids Removal (TSR) plant at Itchen Bank STW, Warwickshire. In order to achieve compliance with the new consent of 0.3 mg/l – with a contractual target of 0.24 mg/l – for phosphorus, BwB are providing a fully automated 4v2550 tertiary solids removal plant. Once completed, the FilterClear solids removal plant will be capable of treating in excess of 115 l/s.

BwB’s scope will include design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of a new TSR plant, with delivery scheduled for Autumn 2020.The contract marks the Company’s sixth phosphorus removal scheme with Severn Trent and first for AMP 7. The project will be delivered under the most up to date NEC suite of contracts, NEC4.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with both Severn Trent and MWHT on this P removal scheme. As we are now moving into AMP 7 this first contract, as part of the early start programme of works, allows us to keep up the momentum in establishing FilterClear as an ideal solution for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphorus consents.”

“Itchen Bank is our 6th contract with Severn Trent and serves to illustrate that FilterClear technology and Bluewater Bio are a reliable and attractive solution to clients’ P removal needs for the up and coming AMP. Coupled with recent successes elsewhere in Welsh Water, United Utilities and Wessex Water our position as technology provider for the coming AMP looks highly encouraging.”

FilterClear is both a modular and scalable process, treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s. The technology has a proven track record across multiple applications, both domestically and internationally, having proven to be highly competitive when compared with both conventional and next generation filtration systems.

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Bluewater Bio obtains Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2019-2020 Accreditation.

Bluewater Bio are pleased to announce they have obtained Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2019-2020 accreditation, with an aggregate score of 99.5% across all assessed criteria. The Company obtained a perfect score across most of the criteria assessed resulting in the highest aggregate score achieved to date. 

Management System Evaluation (2018-19)

Health & Safety – 100%
Environment – 100%
Quality – 100%
CSR – 93%

Management System Evaluation (2019-20)
Health & Safety – 100%
Environment – 98%
Quality – 100%
CSR – 100%

The UVDB Verify audit and assessment is undertaken independently by Achilles and provides a rigorous assessment of a company’s risk critical issues with a particularly strong focus on demonstrable compliance to Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) requirements.

Our certificate can be viewed below

Certificate of Assessment

21 -23 October 2019 – Come and see us at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre for WETEX

WETEX is the leading global Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition, organised by DEWA, since 1999, under the guidance of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and under the Patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance of the UAE and President of DEWA, in line with Dubai’s vision to build a sustainable future.

As a world-class exhibition, WETEX attracts industry professionals from across the energy sector; including scientific management solutions and engineering technology segments, to share views with government agencies and keep pace with the most up-to-date developments in energy, water and the environment.

Bluewater Bio will be exhibiting at this years exhibition; you can locate us and learn more about our best-in-class technologies in Hall 7, Booth CG-22.

Alternatively, schedule a 1-2-1 meeting with our Business Development Director (Middle East),  Sanjay Parekh (email here) 

We hope to see you in Dubai.

16 -17 July 2019 – Come and see us at the European Wastewater Management Conference (EWWM)

The European Waste Water Management Conference is one of the few events in the UK that deals specifically with problems and solutions for the management and treatment of wastewater.

We will have an active presence at this year’s event, presenting two papers and exhibiting in the main conference hall. our first presentation will focus on operational experiences of our high-rate multimedia filtration technology, FilterClear, and how it fits in with Severn Trent Water’s phosphorus removal strategy. The second paper will explore the impacts and benefits of our award-winning HYBACS process, through numerous reference sites around the globe.

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Bluewater Bio Awarded Three Consecutive Phosphorus Removal Contracts

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that its high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, has been selected for three further plants by three different Water Companies in order to achieve compliance with tighter phosphorus consents. BwB will provide in each case a fully automated Tertiary Solids Removal (TSR) plant.

The Company will work with Severn Trent Water’s (“Severn Trent”) capital delivery framework partner, Costain/Stantec (CiM6), in providing a TSR plant at Ledbury WwTW, Herefordshire. This marks the Company’s fifth contract with Severn Trent for phosphorus removal. For United Utilities (“UU”) and Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (“Welsh Water”) –– BwB will deliver TSR plants at Barton WwTW and Dyserth WwTW, respectively. Mott MacDonald Bentley (“MMB”) are in both cases the nominated Tier 1 delivery partner.

FilterClear TSR plant installed at Codsall STW, Severn Trent

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted that on the back of FilterClear’s impressive results in meeting low P consents at other sites across UK that Severn Trent have awarded us our fifth contract for their treatment works at Ledbury WwTW. In addition, securing two new Clients in Welsh Water and United Utilities is further testament to FilterClear’s growing reputation as an ideal solution for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents. We are seeing that the technology is not only effective in meeting P consents below 0.5 mg/l TP, but also performs well on works that have a variable suspended solids load profile. Indeed, FilterClear’s ability to handle higher levels of influent solids makes it an ideal candidate for trickling filter works, or on the back-end of secondary processes that are prone to occasional suspended solids peaks.”

Ledbury WwTW is a medium sized activated sludge works, consisting of two crude oxidation ditches and operating in enhanced biological P removal (EBPR) mode, serving the market town of Ledbury, Herefordshire. The site currently has a population equivalent of 14,500 which is expected to increase to 20,000 at a 2028 design horizon. The works also receives a significant industrial load. The Company will provide a fully automated 4v2800 tertiary solids removal plant, capable of treating up to 132 L/s of flow, to enable the site to meet the new consent of 0.24 mg/l for phosphorus. The project is the largest UK FilterClear installation to date.

Barton WwTW, located north of Preston, is a trickling filter works with SAF and NTF stages. It serves a population equivalent of 6,600, expected to rise to 8,700 in the near future. BwB will provide a 3v1840 TSR plant capable of treating up to 44 L/s that once completed will enable United Utilities to meet the new TP consent of 0.5 mg/l. Delivery date is scheduled for July this year with estimated completion in October 2019.

The project at Dyserth WwTW, a trickling filter site in north Wales, is one of five P removal schemes awarded by Welsh Water to assess viable technology solutions to address the tightening of phosphorus consents. These advance projects, prior to their larger P removal programme in AMP7, will give DCWW and their Tier 1 partners valuable delivery and operational experience and guide their decision making progress in AMP7. Once completed, the FilterClear plant will treat up to 29 L/s and enable the Client to meet their new phosphorus consent of 0.37 mg/l.

FilterClear is a high-rate multimedia filtration technology, capable of treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s. The technology utilizes the vessel headspace for flocculation, thereby eliminating the need to provide additional upstream flocculation with mechanical mixing stages. Additionally, the relatively low head loss offers operational cost savings against higher head systems.

Fergus Rooksby concluded: “FilterClear’s innovative patented design, modularity and DfMA credentials are proving to be an attractive proposition for the UK Water industry. Looking forward to AMP 7 we envisage there will be north of 700 schemes with tight phosphorus discharge consents, a market we feel we are in a strong position to capture a significant proportion of.”

 

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£28.6 million facelift for Tubli sewage plant to expand its capacity (Gulf Daily News)

A MAJOR upgrade of the largest wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain will help meet the needs of an expanding population, according to a key contractor.

The £28.6 million facelift will also address the issues of limited space and an increasing need for high quality treated sewage effluent for reuse.

Award-winning HYBACS installation at Tubli WPCC (Phase 1, commissioned 2013)

The project to expand the capacity of the Tubli Waste Pollution Control Centre (WPCC) was awarded to the London-based Bluewater Bio Limited, a provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, by the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry.

The award-winning global specialist in technologies for cost-effective water and wastewater treatment is expected to complete the upgradation in 22 months.

The company will also operate and maintain the new plant alongside another of its HYBrid ACtivated Sludge (HYBACS) system, installed five years ago.

“HYBACS’ ability to increase the existing plant’s capacities by around 2.5 times, without the need for significant additional structures, makes it ideally suited to many of the region’s current needs of expanding populations, limited space and increasing need for high quality treated sewage effluent for reuse,” Bluewater Bio commercial director Fergus Rooksby told the GDN.

“Where existing plants are already overloaded the ability to build the additional capacity entirely offline and to avoid compromising the already stressed assets any further are proving to be compelling factors for a number of our clients.

“Furthermore, the technology’s modularity enables clients to phase their spending and tailor it more to their immediate needs rather than having to build plants with 10-15 year design horizons.”

The Tubli WPCC is the largest in the country serving a population equivalent to 1.4m.

The new project, marking the UK company’s second contract with the ministry at Tubli Bay, is expected to boost the plant’s waste treatment capacity by 120m litres per day (mld), delivering the total treated wastewater to 230 mld.

“Bahrain knows us and our products, as there are existing HYBACS units operating successfully within treatment works,” said Bluewater Bio executive chairman Richard Haddon.

According to the contractors, similar installations are underway in Saudi Arabia, enabling the company to use Bahrain as an important base and hub for the region.

“We have worked with Bluewater Bio over many years and know the benefits its technology brings and therefore we are looking forward to this upgrade to our plant,” said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry Under-Secretary Ahmed Al Khayat in a statement.

“It will further enhance the water provision for both the residents and businesses of Bahrain.”

British Ambassador Simon Martin hailed the development as an excellent example of positive British-Bahraini collaboration.

The GDN reported in 2015 that experts had warned of the WPCC being overloaded and in need of an urgent upgrade.

The Tubli WPCC treats around 150m litres of sewage on a daily basis, but only one-third of that is suitable to be re-used for irrigation, according to Bluewater Bio, involved in the facility since 2011.

This article was authored by Raji Unnikrishnan and first appeared in Gulf Daily News on Monday 21 January 2019. To view the full article please click here 

Following a record year, Bluewater Bio is now awarded US $36.5 million contract in Bahrain

Further to recent contract wins in its three strategic global locations, Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, have been awarded a US $36.5 million contract with the Ministry of Works of the Kingdom of Bahrain to further upgrade and expand the Tubli wastewater treatment plant, which is the largest in the country, serving a population equivalent of c. 1.4 million. Bluewater Bio will be responsible for all aspects of engineering, acting as EPC contractor and technology supplier.

Contract duration will be 22 months. Following completion Bluewater Bio will operate and maintain this new plant alongside another HYBACS plant installed 5 years earlier.

This new project marks the Company’s second contract with the Ministry of Works at Tubli Bay which will deliver a further 120 MLD uplift in treatment capacity, bringing the total treated to 230 MLD. The project is being funded by UK Export & Finance (“UKEF”)

This follows the earlier installation of the company’s HYBACS technology, which has exceeded the Ministry of Works expectations for quality, reliability and performance.

Now that Bluewater Bio’s technologies are referenced and other installations are under way in Saudi Arabia, it is the ambition of the company to continue its growth strategy and thus use Bahrain as an important base and hub for the Region.

Richard Haddon, Executive Chairman of Bluewater Bio, commented: “I am delighted that we have been engaged to install our technology to further enhance the ongoing environmental improvements to Tubli Bay which is a wetlands of international importance and a registered UNESCO Ramsar site. Also, the Government of Bahrain has made this decision knowing us and our products, as they have existing HYBACS units operating successfully within their treatment works. Our objective is to create long term partnerships with our clients where they can trust and depend upon us, especially with such sensitive environmental projects. Having clients returning is, I feel, evidence that we are achieving this.”

His Excellency, Ahmed A.Aziz AL Khayat Under Secretary, Ministry of Works, added: “We have worked with Bluewater Bio over many years and know the benefits that their technology brings and therefore we are looking forward to this upgrade to our plant. It will further enhance the water provision for both the residents and businesses of Bahrain. Our commitment in delivering world class infrastructure remains central to our plans going forward as we continue to fulfil our long term goals in line with Bahrain Vision 2030.”

Mr Simon Martin CMG, HM British Ambassador to Bahrain said: “We welcome this development, which is an excellent example of the positive impact – in this case environmental impact – of British-Bahraini collaboration.  This project has the potential to improve the lives of countless people living, working and investing in the Tubli Bay area.  I am delighted to see UK commercial, technological and financial expertise helping provide a platform for Bahrain and Bahrainis to achieve.”

UK International Trade Secretary, RT Hon. Dr Liam Fox MP, stated: “Bluewater Bio is an innovative company and the continuing demand for its market-leading capabilities shows the value placed on British expertise in the water and wastewater sector across the globe.”

HYBACS augments the widely-implemented activated sludge process, with the core benefit being that it enables an existing activated sludge plant to be rapidly upgraded for increased capacity and performance, by simple offline installation of SMART Units.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, concluded: “HYBACS’ ability to increase existing plants capacities by around 2.5 times, without the need for significant additional structures, makes it ideally suited to many of the regions current needs of expanding populations, limited space and increasing need for high quality TSE for reuse. Where existing plants are already overloaded the ability to build the additional capacity entirely offline and so avoid compromising the already stressed assets any further, are proving to be compelling factors for a number of our clients. Furthermore, the technology’s modularity enables client’s to phase their spend and tailor it more to their immediate needs rather than having to build plants with 10-15 year design horizons. With a healthy order book and increasing pipeline, we look forward to building upon our momentum into the New Year and beyond.”

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International Trade Secretary announces loan for Bluewater Bio’s £28.6m contract with Bahrain Ministry of Works.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) has provided Bahrain’s Ministry of Works with a loan of £27.9 million under its direct lending facility to upgrade a waste water plant in Bahrain. Bluewater Bio’s enhancements follow previous successful work by the company on the plant.

The announcement comes shortly after the chancellor announced an additional £2 billion in direct lending support from UKEF in this year’s Autumn Budget.

International Trade Secretary, Rt Hon. Dr Liam Fox MP, said: “Bluewater Bio is an innovative, company and the continuing demand for its market-leading capabilities shows the value placed on British expertise in the water and wastewater sector across the globe.”

“It also shows how UK Export Finance’s support ensures innovative businesses like Bluewater can take full advantage of international opportunities as we develop relationships as an independent trading nation.”

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, said: “The UK government’s support, through UKEF, has played an important role in helping us secure this second significant contract for Bluewater Bio in Bahrain. Having environmentally friendly technology, backed by UK government support is a winning formula with our ongoing export expansion plans elsewhere around the world. We are delighted the Government of Bahrain has chosen to work with us again as it is a testament to our technology that will benefit the residents and businesses in the Tubli Bay area.”

Simon Martin, HM Ambassador to Bahrain said: “We welcome this development, which is an excellent example of the positive impact – in this case environmental impact – of British-Bahraini collaboration. This project has the potential to improve the lives of countless people living, working and investing in the Tubli Bay area. I am delighted to see UK commercial, technological and financial expertise helping provide a platform for Bahrain and Bahrainis to achieve.”

This press release was first published on Thursday 20th December via the official UK Government website. To read the full article, please click here