Category: Media Coverage

Bluewater Bio – Delivering world-class solutions to enhance Bahrain’s water strategy (Utilities Middle East)

The challenges posed by water scarcity and water security has continued to move up the political and social agenda in recent years. Whilst climate change is a well-worn phrase that is ever-present in the lexicon of governments and the public around the world, the increasing stresses felt on our most precious resource, water, has without doubt led to the following conclusion: THE CLIMATE CRISIS IS A WATER CRISIS.

But talk is cheap. Whilst world-class, efficient and sustainable solutions and technologies are required, they need to be met with ambitious countries who ‘walk the walk’ and forge ahead in actually implementing solutions to stop the water crisis. The Kingdom of Bahrain and Bluewater Bio is one such example of this collaborative approach.

Bluewater Bio – recognised as being the fastest growing UK water technology company for 2 consecutive years – recently completed their ground-breaking HYBACS upgrade at Tubli Wastewater Treatment Works. This is the second large-scale project executed by Bluewater Bio in Bahrain.

The marquee project has met or exceeded all Client objectives and expectations, increasing the availability of clean water in the water scarce Kingdom and protecting the local environment. Furthermore, the power consumed by the upgraded plant – a costly operational expense – is just 170 Wh/m3 treated, less than half the target set by the client making it an extremely efficient solution.

The project was backed by UK Export Finance (UKEF), who have stringent criteria in place in ensuring only the most environmentally-friendly companies and technologies are employed.

As a responsible contractor Bluewater Bio ensured everyone went home safely at the end of each day. The $36.5m project involved over 500,000 man-hours of work and was completed without a single lost time incident. No complaints were received as measures were successfully employed to protect neighbouring houses and businesses from noise and dust during construction as well.

Executive Chairman and Chief Executive of Bluewater Bio, Richard Haddon said, “I am pleased to say that we have successfully completed our second large contract at Tubli, further supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain in meeting their water and environmental goals. The implementation of HYBACS has not only helped with their water strategy, but has done so without using any additional land, a key consideration in Bahrain.”

HYBACS – A novel solution for a common problem

Throughout the Middle East region, rapid population growth has resulted in many wastewater treatment facilities becoming overloaded and failing to meet environmental discharge standards. Conventional solutions, such as the construction of additional aeration lanes is expensive and requires large areas of land.

The HYBACS process uses a unique biological pre-treatment reactor to accelerate the hydrolysis step within wastewater treatment. This enables an existing activated sludge plant to treat typically double the flow and load. HYBACS delivers on performance, value and demonstrably outperforms competing technologies. The patented process has been applied successfully around the world and has proven to be robust and highly cost effective. It has also demonstrated Capital cost savings of over 50%, typically consumes up to 30% less power than alternatives and requires less maintenance.

Environmental Objectives

Whether designing a brownfield expansion or a greenfield facility, Bluewater Bio works with Clients to develop sustainable solutions with a particular emphasis on reducing CAPEX and OPEX, footprint and energy consumption.

Bluewater Bio’s depth of experience comes from more than 40 HYBACS references across the globe. Proven at scale and consistently performing to the highest international standards, HYBACS is rapidly gaining recognition as an ideal solution for upgrading and expanding wastewater treatment plants in the MENA region.

The increasing standards in policy for wastewater management have created an urgent need for the reuse and recycling of treated wastewater, which will help alleviate water scarcity in the region. HYBACS underlines the importance of using technologies that deliver long-term sustainable solutions.

(Article originally published in Utilities Middle East, March 2022)

Daily Business – VC investment in climate tech rises since COP26

This article was first published on the Daily Business website (09 March 2022)

 

Technology companies tackling climate change have seen a strong uplift in venture capital investment since the COP26 summit in Glasgow.

VC investment rose by 62% to $926 million in the 100 days from 31 October – the first day of the summit – to 8 February compared with the same period a year earlier.

November saw $345m invested, while in December companies received $354m, both surpassing the monthly average for 2021 by more than 52%.

Scotland and the East of England attracted a high level (over $55m) of investment in November.

The analysis by Tech Nation, the growth platform for tech scaleups, reveals the first tangible evidence that the global gathering last November influenced investor behaviour towards the climate agenda.

The number of climate tech ‘unicorns’ – companies valued at over $1 billion – increased by 36 globally in the 100 days following COP26.

In the UK, Tevva Motors, Edinburgh-based Intelligent Growth Solutions, Bluewater Bio, Pangaia and Cushon all joined the rank of so-called ‘futurecorns’ – companies valued between $250m and $1bn, pushing the total number from 11 to 15.

In this same period, the number of climate tech companies globally increased by 19% to 5,610. In Europe, company creation increased by 19% and in the UK by 13%.

So far in 2022, employment in climate tech companies has increased to 26,800, an increase of 25% from the close of 2021 where total employment in the sector equalled 21,000.

In less than a quarter of 2022, the total number of jobs created in the climate tech sector (5,400) is already greater than the total jobs created in the sector in 2021 (5,000), demonstrating the socio-economic benefit of the acceleration in climate tech, on top of the clear environmental benefits.

Sammy Fry, net zero lead at Tech Nation, said: “It’s promising to see high levels of investment and employment following the conference, but the next 100 days will be even more telling of the true momentum towards net zero.

“Climate tech companies need to scale further and faster than any other technology has before. To meet the demand for technology that will save the planet, we will need to see record levels of investment, access to world-leading talent, expertise, and cross-sector collaboration.”

 

Terry Murden, Editor (Daily Business)

Bahrain Minister of Works welcomes UK Trade Minister to Tubli WPCC

Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Eng. Essam Abdallah Khalaf received the UK International Trade Minister, Ranil Jayawardena and his accompanying delegation, with the attendance of MOW Undersecretary Mr. Ahmed Al Khayyat and Assistant Undersecretary for Sanitary Affairs, Eng. Ebrahim AL Hawaj. 

From L to R: Ebrahim Hawaj, Assistant Undersecretary MoW; H.E. Ahmed Al Khayat, Undersecretary, MoW; R.H. Ranil Jayawardena, UK Minister of International Trade; H.E. Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf, Minister of Works, Bahrain and H.E. Roderick Drummond, British Ambassador to Bahrain

At the start of the meeting, His Excellency highlighted the heightened progress and development of the relationship between the two countries. After which the Ministers reviewed the cooperation between the two friendly countries and discussed means of progressing the relationship and in particular, in the infrastructure sector where the Ministry of Works is currently pursuing several projects for execution. Also discussed was the possibility of benefitting from the UK expertise in participating in the execution of some of the upcoming projects in this sector, where UK companies are highly regarded.

During the visit, the International Trade Minister reviewed progress of the Upgrade of Secondary Treatment Project at Tubli WPCC using the HYBACS Technology. This project is considered among the most important projects for improving the infrastructure and sanitary treatment system in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The project aims to improve the secondary effluent treatment efficiency resulting in the increase of TSE production at Tubli WPCC so that it can be used for irrigation of farms and landscaping.

The project is being executed by Bluewater Bio, which is both one of the UK and internationally leading companies in the sanitary engineering sector.

The UK International Trade Minister praised the Ministry of Works Initiatives and complimented the efforts being taken by the Ministry to grow and expand the infrastructure of the Kingdom of Bahrain, he wished the Kingdom and its people continuous growth and development.  

Work on Tubli sewage plant upgrade on track (Gulf Daily News Online)

The work on the second phase of the project to improve the efficiency of the biological processing of sewage at the Tubli Centre using the high-tech HYBACS system is on track for completion within the second quarter of this year, said Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf, during a visit to the Tubli treatment works.

The minister praised the team’s efforts and commitment to safety standards, with more than 200,000 working hours without injuries so far.

 

(To read the full article originally published in GDN Online, March 2021, click here)

Bluewater Bio – A Decade in Bahrain (Utilities Middle East)

Bluewater Bio will soon be celebrating their first decade based in Bahrain. Already recognised as being the fastest growing UK water technology company this year, they have their largest installation at Tubli Wastewater Treatment Works.

Utilising Bluewater Bio’s state of the art technology known as HYBACS, it has been pivotal in raising the environmental condition of Tubli Bay, which is an internationally important habitat for wading birds.

The Executive Chairman and Chief Executive, Richard Haddon said, “We see Bahrain as our second home, and it is our ambition to create a long-term base here serving the Middle East and beyond. We are most grateful for the support we have had from the Bahraini institutions and its friendly people. This of course will improve the local economy and create jobs as well.”

In November 2016, His Royal Highness Prince Charles visited Bahrain and spent some time learning about what the HYBACS technology had achieved and the magnificent improvements being made to the bay area. Being a strong supporter and leader with environmental improvements, he made this an essential visit in his busy agenda.

HYBACS – A novel solution for a common problem

Throughout the Middle East region, rapid population growth has resulted in many wastewater treatment facilities becoming overloaded and failing to meet environmental discharge standards. Conventional solutions, such as the construction of additional aeration lanes is expensive and requires large areas of land. These were the main challenges facing Bahrain’s Ministry of Works in the upgrade at Tubli.

In 2011, Bluewater Bio was awarded a contract to upgrade the treatment works using their hybrid activated sludge (HYBACS) process. Part of the existing activated sludge plant was upgraded from a capacity of 40 million litres per day (MLD) to over 100 MLD, thereby reducing the overloading and improving the quality of treated wastewater.

Completed in 2013, the landmark award-winning project has operated successfully for 7 years, producing a high-quality source of treated sewage effluent (TSE) for reuse. Indeed, the wastewater treatment works is now known as a Reclaimed Water Production Centre.

Through Bluewater Bio’s long-term commitment to supporting the Kingdom of Bahrain in meeting their environmental goals for Tubli Bay and the success of the original project, Bluewater Bio was awarded, in 2019, a subsequent contract to upgrade more of the treatment plant to HYBACS.

The second phase of HYBACS upgrade will see a further increase of 120 MLD in capacity. The project is now under construction to be completed in 2021.

About HYBACS

The HYBACS process uses a unique biological pre-treatment reactor to accelerate the hydrolysis step within wastewater treatment. This enables an existing activated sludge plant to treat typically double the flow and load.

The patented process has been applied successfully around the world and has proven to be robust and highly cost effective.  Capital cost savings of over 50% have been achieved and a HYBACS plant typically uses up to 30% less power than alternatives.

Environmental Objectives

Whether designing a brownfield expansion or a greenfield facility, Bluewater Bio works with Clients to develop sustainable solutions with a particular emphasis on reducing CAPEX and OPEX, footprint and energy consumption.

Bluewater Bio’s depth of experience comes from more than 40 HYBACS references across the globe. Proven at scale and consistently performing to the highest international standards, HYBACS is rapidly gaining recognition as an ideal solution for upgrading and expanding wastewater treatment plants in the MENA region.

(Article originally published in Utilities Middle East, November 2020)

Bluewater Bio bags Bahraini upgrade project (water. desalination+reuse)

Bluewater Bio of the UK has won a project to upgrade Tubli wastewater treatment plant in Bahrain that will more than double the plant’s capacity for water reuse.

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

The UK government’s Export Finance programme is funding the contract worth $36.5 million.

Bluewater Bio will act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor and technology supplier.

The company converted two of the plant’s 10 aeration lanes to its HYBACS hybrid activated sludge process in 2013, generating 100,000 m3/d of treated sewage effluent (TSE) for reuse. The plant has a tertiary treatment system comprising filtration and ozonation to prepare the TSE for reuse in irrigation.

The latest contract will upgrade a further two aeration lanes, bringing the total capacity of TSE available for reuse to 230,000 m3/d. Bluewater Bio will operate and maintain both of the HYBACS systems for 22 months.

Tubli wastewater treatment plant is the largest such facility in Bahrain serving 1.4 million people.

HYBACS is a patented hybrid activated sludge process that enables the aeration tank and clarifier in a conventional wastewater treatment plant to accept a higher load. The system contains a SMART unit, a trademarked technology that causes naturally-occurring bacteria to over-produce hydrolytic enzymes, enabling the activated sludge stage to operate at a higher loading rate.

This article first appeared on the water. reuse + desalination website on Thursday 24 January 2019. To view the full article please click here 

£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