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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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Management System Evaluation (2017)
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.

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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.

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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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United Utilities deploys BwB’s HYBACS process to upgrade Whaley Bridge WwTW

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that United Utilities Water Limited (“United Utilities”), through its key capital delivery partner Mott MacDonald Bentley (“MMB”), has selected Bluewater Bio’s enhanced activated sludge process, HYBACS®, to upgrade Whaley Bridge Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW). The site, which discharges into the River Goyt and treats a population equivalent of approx. 50,000, additional capacity is required to meet a more stringent ammonia consent of 3 mg/l, as part of the Water Framework Directive.

The upgrade at Whaley Bridge will include the installation of six SMART™ Units as well as improvements to the inlet works and storm tanks. SMART™ units are high-rate bioreactors that, when installed upstream of an aeration lane, form BwB’s proprietary HYBACS – HYBrid ACtivated Sludge – process.

The existing configuration of the works comprises an activated sludge stream operating in parallel with a trickling filter stream. Originally the activated sludge process was constructed as a ‘Vitox’ process though is currently operating as a conventional aerated ASP. By deploying the SMART Units upfront of the existing ASP reactor additional load and flow can be treated to a higher standard within the existing process units thereby unloading the remaining trickling filters and enabling higher levels of ammonia removal to be achieved across the works as a whole. At Whaley bridge the site is highly constrained preventing a more conventional expansion and so being able to meet tighter treatment standards without additional land take is a major benefit.

The SMART units themselves will be assembled and tested offsite in accordance with the principles of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), which reduces the risks associated with site work. Being able to install the units off-line means that treatment process is not interrupted during construction. This simplicity of upgrade means that the plant will be operational in autumn 2017.

John Martin, MEP Manager at Mott MacDonald Bentley, commented: “Through early contract involvement with Bluewater Bio, MMB and UU were able to move quickly to order placement post contract award. This collaborative approach has driven considerable savings in time and CAPEX whilst at the same time MMB are very confident that the HYBACS technology will meet the specified process performance. Being in a position to let the contract with BWB early in the project delivery has allowed MMB to focus on the other areas of the project scope. The technology itself is simple to integrate with the existing process and it is anticipated that the seeding and commissioning phases will be uncomplicated and robust. We look forward to completing the project with BWB and we have every confidence that the project will be a great success for both parties.”

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We look forward to working with both United Utilities and MMB in upgrading the works at Whaley Bridge. HYBACS offers compelling benefits over alternative solutions when needing to upgrade ASP plants, either for tighter discharge consents, capacity increases, or indeed both.”

“One of the key themes we are seeing this AMP is that the water companies are under even greater efficiency challenges. HYBACS, with its modularity and excellent DfMA qualities, is able to address some of these challenges by being able to swiftly upgrade an Activated Sludge plant by simple offline installation of SMART Units, with no interruption to the process. Its ability to maximise the use of existing assets helps to further reduce CAPEX. As we move forward for the remainder of this AMP and into the next, with tighter ammonia consents coming into force, we fully expect HYBACS to capture a significant proportion of similar schemes.”

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HYBACS shaping the future of the South African wastewater industry

Emmanuel Khomela, Executive Manager – Development, for East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) speaks to the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMIESA) about the successes of implemeting HYBACS at Tsakane Wastewater Treatment Works. Read the article here

Bluewater Bio awarded Phosphorus Removal 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 Mott MacDonald Bentley (“MMB”), has selected the Company’s high rate multi-media filtration technology, FilterClear, for the provision of a tertiary solids removal plant at Codsall STW, Staffordshire. BwB are providing a fully automated 4v2040 tertiary solids removal plant capable of treating up to 100 L/s of flow, to enable the site to meet the new consent of 0.5 mg/l for phosphorus, under the Water Framework Directive.

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After an extensive evaluation of competing technologies, it was concluded that FilterClear offered the lowest TOTEX solution. By using FilterClear MMB were able to realise significant cost savings as a result of utilising the vessel headspace for flocculation, thereby eliminating the need to provide additional upstream flocculation with mechanical mixing. Additionally, the relatively low head loss offered operational cost savings against higher head systems. The low operator intervention needs of a sealed filtration system further augmented the solution’s attractiveness for the Severn Trent Operations team.

FilterClear is both a modular and scalable process, treating flows ranging from 2 L/s to in excess of 1,000 L/s.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with both Severn Trent and MMB on this P removal scheme. This award allows us to showcase FilterClear as an ideal option for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents. We are seeing increasingly stringent discharge consents coming into force across the UK in AMP 6, with many water companies needing to implement enhanced P removal across numerous sites. Its modularity and excellent DfMA credentials make it an attractive solution to both tier one and end users. We believe FilterClear is well placed to capture a significant proportion of these schemes.”

The contract with Severn Trent marks the Company’s second P removal scheme in the past 12 months, with FilterClear currently being assessed by Yorkshire Water, as part of the National Chemical Investigation Programme (CIP), at Bolsover STW.

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Prince Charles has strengthened our links in the Gulf at a vital time (Evening Standard)

(original article by Robert Jobson, Evening Standard, 11 November 2016)

Prince Charles’s state visit to the Gulf has left many influential figures, both in the region and at home, feeling better about Britain and its place in the world.

This is the Prince’s fourth visit to the region in four years, at the request of the British government, “promoting the UK’s partnership in the region in key areas such as religious tolerance, military cooperation, supporting women in leadership, creating youth opportunities, preserving cultural heritage and wildlife conservation”.

During his visit Charles opened a new welfare block at Britain’s naval facility in Manama, Bahrain and met sailors on board HMS Middleton.

The unit, built on land gifted by the government, is using wastewater treatment technology deployed by award-winning British firm Bluewater Bio, a global specialist in technologies for cost-efficient, environmentally friendly water and wastewater treatment.

Its technology will help to clean the previously polluted water at the bay, helping to conserve the mangrove forest and protect Tubli Bay from further degradation.

The firm now plans to broaden its business across the region, an expansion which will be worth millions of pounds. Xan Morgan, Middle East director of Bluewater Bio, said: “The reality is that the visit from the Prince of Wales will be a powerful catalyst to our Gulf-wide expansion plans.”

Richard Haddon, the firm’s executive chairman, said: “We are delighted that our work at Tubli has been a resounding success and one that has exceeded the expectations of the client.

As a British-based company whose operations have been firmly established in the country for nearly 10 years, we are proud to call Bahrain our Middle East hub.

“Tubli continues to serve as a compelling showcase of our capabilities and technology, further strengthening our position both regionally  and internationally. Tubli has been a true win-win project.”

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