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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

Bluewater Bio Wins Fourth Phosphorus Removal Contract with Severn Trent Water

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that Severn Trent Water (“Severn Trent”), through its key capital delivery partner Costain/Stantec (“CiM6”), has selected the Company’s high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, for the provision of a Tertiary Solids Removal (TSR) plant at Newent WWTW, Gloucestershire. BwB will provide a fully automated FilterClear 4v2340 tertiary solids removal plant which will be required to achieve a Total Phosphorus target of 0.64 mg/l. Newent WWTW is a medium sized works with a population equivalent (P.E.) of 17,500. Once completed, the FilterClear tertiary solids removal plant will be capable of treating in excess of 280 m3/hr, with the treated flow discharging into a nearby tributary of the River Severn.

BwB’s scope will include design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of the new TSR plant, with delivery scheduled for June2019. Using DfMA principles, installation, testing and commissioning on site will be less than one week. The contract marks the Company’s third phosphorus removal scheme with Severn Trent – second with the CiM6 delivery alliance – during the calendar year.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to be awarded our second contract with CiM6 to deliver our FilterClear TSR system at Severn Trent’s Newent sewage works. With our installation at Codsall commissioned and producing outstanding results, and a further two installations at Harby and Brockhampton due to come online early next year, we firmly believe our technology is rapidly establishing itself as the go-to solution for low P consents across the UK. With what is our fourth contract with Severn Trent, in a relatively short timescale, and a healthy pipeline of similar opportunities across the UK, FilterClear is demonstrating its low whole life cost benefits in arduous low P applications and offering a robust future proof process solution. We look forward to working with the CiM6 and Severn Trent engineering teams in delivering this FilterClear project.”

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 mono and dual media and other filtration systems. As part of the Chemical Investigation Program (CIP), concluded in 2017, FilterClear was demonstrated to be one of the few technologies to be able to consistently meet the challenging TP target of 0.1 mg/l for this size of works.

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Bluewater Bio obtains Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2018-2019 Accreditation.

Bluewater Bio are pleased to announce they have obtained Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2018-2019 accreditation, with an aggregate score of over 98% across all assessed criteria. The Company obtained a perfect score across most of the criteria assessed resulting in the highest aggregate score acheived to date.
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Health & Safety – 98%
Environment – 92%
Quality – 92%
CSR – 100%

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Management System Evaluation (2018)
Health & Safety – 100%
Environment – 100%
Quality – 100%
CSR – 93%

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Bluewater Bio awarded contract for HYBACS® Upgrade at Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that Saudi-based private utility company Marafiq has selected Bluewater Bio’s hybrid activated sludge process, HYBACS®, to upgrade its Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (“IWTP-8”) at Jubail, a purpose built Industrial City on the . Through a competitive tender process, Marafiq selected Tunisian EPC contractor Engineering Procurement & Project Management (“EPPM”) to deliver a HYBACS solution for their current capacity shortfall.  Once completed, the HYBACS process will deliver an approximate 150% uplift in capacity, treating 50 MLD of industrial wastewater from the city.

IWTP-8 comprises three parallel and separate treatment streams to treat industrial wastewater arising from the large industrial cluster in Jubail. Stream 2 includes a 3-lane activated sludge process with 8 circular clarifiers and currently treats around 20,000 m3/day. The HYBACS upgrade will increase treatment capacity to 50,000 m3/day. The Client’s specifications for the upgrade include that the existing treatment process must not be interrupted during the upgrade, the solution must be a proven technology, be highly energy efficient, have a small footprint and that the upgrade must be completed within a short timescale.

The upgrade at IWTP-8 will include the installation of 16 SMARTUnits as well as capacity upgrades to the tertiary treatment stages. SMARTunits are high-rate bioreactors that, when installed upstream of the existing aeration lanes, form Bluewater Bio’s proprietary HYBACS – HYBrid ACtivated Sludge – process. The primary settled wastewater and return activated sludge (RAS) will pass through the SMART units then into the three aeration lanes. The SMART units accelerate the rate of hydrolysis, enabling the plant to accept a higher load. They also provide a very high floc loading and enhance the settleability of the sludge, enabling the existing settlement tanks to accept higher flows.

Bluewater Bio’s scope will include, in addition to the supply of the Company’s proprietary SMART Units, process design, installation supervision and service and maintenance for the units. EPPM, in their role as Lead Contractor, will carry out all civil works construction as well as enabling works design for Civil and MEICA.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We look forward to working with EPPM and Marafiq in delivering our HYBACS process to help alleviate overloading at the IWTP-8. This contract will be our first HYBACS installation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and marks a significant milestone in our Gulf expansion plans, building on our award-winning 100 MLD HYBACS plant at Tubli WPCC, Bahrain.”

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/or performance, by simple offline installation of SMART Units.

Fergus concluded: “With over 5 years’ worth of highly compelling data from our HYBACS plant in Bahrain, meeting and exceeding the challenging discharge consents, Bluewater Bio is well positioned to capture a significant proportion of projects requiring an uplift in capacity or tighter discharge consents across both the Kingdom and the wider Gulf region. HYBACS’ ease of implementation and maintenance, coupled with significant savings in operating costs and hence total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the plant, makes for a compelling solution to a common problem encountered by utility and industrial operators alike.”

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ERWAT shares new thoughts on wastewater (IMIESA)

Tumelo Gopane, Managing Director, ERWAT

 IMIESA spoke to Tumelo Gopane, managing director, East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT), about the company’s future strategy and its pivotal role in changing the landscape of wastewater treatment in South Africa.

Home to more than 3.5 million residents, the City of Ekurhuleni is Gauteng’s third largest metro and a strategically important one, with its economy largely driven by agriculture, manufacturing and mining. Ekurhuleni’s approved Aerotropolis Master Plan is also strategically important, driving the vision of becoming an Aerotropolis City.

ERWAT Projects

Within its own organisation, ERWAT has embarked on various upgrade initiatives, as well as longer-term plans to rationalise its treatment plants down from the current 19 to around 9… “In the meantime, Tsakane is currently being commissioned and features the use of Bluewater Bio’s proprietary HYBACS activated sludge process, supplied and supported locally by Headstream Water. ERWAT reports that the Hybacs ‘plug-and-play’ system is running optimally, using 60% of the electricity for the same quantity of wastewater and a third of the physical footprint.”

This article is an extract taken from an interview with Tumelo Gopane, Managing Director, ERWAT, which appeared in IMIESA Magazine in May 2018. To read the full article click here

South West Water to install Bluewater Bio’s HYBACS process to upgrade its Newquay sewage treatment works in Cornwall

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that South West Water Limited (“SW Water”) has selected Bluewater Bio’s enhanced activated sludge process, HYBACS®, to upgrade Newquay Sewage Treatment Works (STW). The site, which serves Newquay, Crantock and Porth, has a catchment area covering a major tourist destination with popular beaches. Built in the 1990’s, the existing plant treats a resident population equivalent (PE) of approx. 55,000, however during the busy summer months the works can receive an additional 40,000 – 50,000 PE, especially during the busy Boardmasters festival during mid-August.

The upgrade at Newquay will include the installation of four SMART™ Units to convert the existing conventional activated sludge process into a HYBACS configuration, BwB’s proprietary – HYBrid ACtivated Sludge – process. By the simple installation of SMART™ units upstream, far greater biological loads can be treated within the existing aeration volume and the seasonal demand increase economically addressed. Furthermore, the rapid settlement characteristics of the HYBACS mixed liquor further alleviates any downstream overloading of the clarifiers.

The existing works at Newquay consists of primary settlement, an oxidation ditch with a small selector tank and two final clarifiers. The highly seasonal demand increase is an annual challenge for South West Water’s operations teams where populations can double over a bank holiday weekend. The original works was designed to cater for modest amounts of load fluctuations but preparing a biological process for a rapid change in load remains a significant operational challenge. By addressing the rate limiting biological step, namely Hydrolysis, HYBACS is able to more rapidly respond to these changes than other biological solutions and therefore makes it an ideal solution at Newquay.

The SMART units themselves are assembled and tested offsite in accordance with the principles of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). This reduces the duration and risks associated with site work and ensures factory quality QA. South West Water’s delivery partner Tecker will construct the pumping arrangements in such a manner that the units can be fully installed off-line meaning that treatment process remains fully functional during construction.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We look forward to working with South West Water in helping them alleviate the seasonal demand increase at their Newquay sewage works. HYBACS will provide a significant uplift in treatment capacity within a relatively short timescale, without impacting on the works. HYBACS’ ability to increase capacity swiftly and simply, with minimal operator intervention makes it an ideal solution for SW Water and their delivery partners. Additionally, the scalability of the process means that SW Water can promptly and effectively respond to any changes in seasonal population volume, and therefore loading, into the works.”

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Bluewater Bio Awarded Second Phosphorus Contract by Severn Trent Water

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that Severn Trent Water (“Severn Trent”), through its key capital delivery partner Costain/Stantec (“CiM6”), has selected the Company’s high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, for the provision of a Tertiary Solids Removal (TSR) plant at Brockhampton STW, Gloucestershire. In order to achieve compliance with the new consent of 0.25 mg/l for phosphorus, under the Water Framework Directive, BwB are providing a fully automated 4v2340 tertiary solids removal plant. Brockhampton STW is a medium sized activated sludge works, serving a population equivalent (P.E.) of 16,000, treating influent from within the Cheltenham catchment. Once completed, the FilterClear solids removal plant will be capable of treating in excess of 116 l/s.

BwB’s scope will include design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of a new TSR plant, with delivery scheduled for May 2018.The contract marks the Company’s second phosphorus removal scheme in the past 12 months, both for Severn Trent Water. FilterClear had previously undergone an extensive trial at Yorkshire Water’s Bolsover treatment works, as part of the Chemical Investigation Program (CIP). FilterClear was demonstrated to be one of the few technologies to be able to consistently meet the challenging TP target of 0.1 mg/l for this size of works.

                          FC 4v2340 vessel configuration to be installed at Brockhampton STW

 

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with both Severn Trent and CiM6 on this P removal scheme. Given the increase in stringent P consents coming into force this AMP, we believe FilterClear is in a strong position to meet the needs of the UK water market. On the back of our impressive results at Bolsover, Severn Trent and their delivery partners have shown a high degree of confidence in FilterClear in achieving very low P consents.”

“This contract, in addition to our current contract at Codsall STWs in Staffordshire – due to be commissioned and operational in February 2018 –  allows us to showcase FilterClear as an ideal option for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents. FilterClear’s innovative patented design and offsite manufacturing offers the lowest total cost of ownership for tertiary filtration applications.”

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 mono and dual media and other filtration systems.

Mark Williams, Project Manager at Costain, concluded: “I am delighted with the appointment of BwB for the Brockhampton project and my team have been very impressed by the proactive approach of the BwB team.”

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Bluewater Bio obtains Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2017-2018 Accreditation.

Bluewater Bio are pleased to announce they have obtained Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2017-2018 accreditation, with an aggregate score of over 95% across all assessed criteria. The Company demonstated an improvement across all criteria in comparison to the previous year’s assessment.
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Management System Evaluation (2016)
Health & Safety – 96%
Environment – 82%
Quality – 87%
CSR – 100%

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Management System Evaluation (2017)
Health & Safety – 98%
Environment – 92%
Quality – 92%
CSR – 100%

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Our certificate can be viewed below

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