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Bluewater Bio obtains Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2016-2017 Accreditation.

Bluewater Bio are pleased to announce they have obtained Achilles UVDB Category C Verify 2016-2017 accreditation, with an aggregate score of over 91% across all assessed criteria. The Company demonstated an improvement across all criteria in comparison to the previous year’s assessment.
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Health & Safety – 92%
Environment – 79%
Quality – 84%
CSR – 100%

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Management System Evaluation (2016)
Health & Safety – 96%
Environment – 82%
Quality – 87%
CSR – 100%

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Bluewater Bio awarded Phosphorus removal contract by Yorkshire Water

Bluewater Bio Limited, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that  Yorkshire Water Services Ltd (“Yorkshire Water”) has selected the Company’s high rate filter technology, FilterClear, for their full-scale P removal trials at Bolsover sewage treatment/wastewater treatment works, Derbyshire. The site serves a population equivalent of 10,000, with FilterClear being utilised for 100 per cent of the flow. The contract, scheduled for delivery on 6th November, is part of a wider initiative with participants across the ten major Water and Sewerage Companies, managed by UK Water Industry Research Ltd (“UKWIR”). The trial is scheduled to last for a 12 month period, due to be completed in December 2016.

As part of the National Chemical Investigation Programme (CIP) the feasibility and cost implications in achieving a Total Phosphorus level of 0.1 mg/L will be evaluated, with the outcome of the trials aiding in determining the strategy the respective water companies’ implement when addressing P removal in the future.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with Yorkshire Water on what is a very important area of interest for the industry a whole. With increasingly stringent discharge coming into place for P removal across the UK and Europe, economically viable and sustainable approaches need to be examined and evaluated.

“FilterClear’s exceptional final effluent quality coupled with its small footprint, off-site manufacturing approach and short lead times make it an ideal option for a chemical dosing approach to low phosphate concentration consents.”

 

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Bluewater Bio Secures Fourth HYBACS Order in South Africa, for £2.5m Tsakane Project

Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is delighted to announce that it has secured its fourth order in South Africa for its efficient enhanced activated sludge process, HYBACS®. The project, valued at 44.4 million South African Rand (c. £2.5m) has been secured via BwB’s licensee partner in Sub Saharan Africa, Headstream Water. The project is for the extension of the Tsakane Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), located 25 miles southeast of Johannesburg.

 

Tsakane STP is one of 19 STPs owned and operated by East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT), an award-winning and progressive wastewater utility, who serve more than 3.5 million people and some 2,000 industries near Johannesburg.

 

The original STP at Tsakane was designed to treat an average of 10,800 m3/day of wastewater however following rapid growth of the township, the STP became overloaded, thereby requiring the need to increase the capacity of the plant. The HYBACS upgrade has been designed to more than double the capacity of the existing plant, thereby servicing a 75,000 population equivalent (PE). The upgrade includes 12 of BwB’s SMART Units, the unique component of the HYBACS process. A major benefit of the HYBACS solution is that it avoids the need to build any additional structures, thus reducing the cost substantially and enabling the upgrade to be carried out swiftly and without affecting the operation of the existing treatment plant.

Tsakane represents BwB’s fourth order for HYBACS in South Africa in less than five years, and marks the Company’s largest contract award in the region to date. Combined with the 10 SMART units currently in operation at the Botleng, Swartruggens and Hartbeesfontein plants, this latest order will more than double the Company’s installed base to 22.

Fergus Rooksby, Commercial Director of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to have secured our fourth order, via Headstream, for the Tsakane sewage treatment plant. The increasing use of HYBACS in South Africa is both a direct result of all the hard work done by our partners Headstream and an increasing realization by major water utilities such as ERWAT that simple and robust solutions to overloaded treatment plants are the way forward. In a market where the wastewater infrastructure is under increasing pressure due to ageing assets and overloading and where competition for capital is fierce, HYBACS continues to show that it is well suited to meet these needs. The high quality of treatment HYBACS delivers is sufficient to meet some of the most stringent discharge consents around the globe and its modularity makes it a powerful tool. Following the success of this significant scheme, I look forward to the continued roll out of HYBACS in South Africa and beyond.”

 

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Bluewater Bio Awarded Three Projects by Anglian Water

Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that Anglian Water PLC (“Anglian”), under its Tertiary Solids Removal Framework, has awarded three contracts for FilterClear, BwB’s innovative high performance multimedia filtration technology. The three projects are located at Brington and Bugbrooke Water Recycling Centres (“WRC”), in Northamptonshire, and Alford WRC in Lincolnshire. .

In total, the three FilterClear systems will be treating up to 7,000 cubic meters per day, at an aggregate contract value of just under £0.6 million. BwB will supply its advanced multimedia filters as pre-engineered and tested package plants, thereby reducing the duration, cost and risks of site work.

The high performance FilterClear systems deliver many benefits when compared with competing technologies, especially in terms of high filtrate quality, compact footprint and reduced energy requirements – thereby establishing FilterClear as a cost competitive solution.

Adrian Harris, recently appointed CEO of Bluewater Bio, commented: “We are delighted to work with Anglian Water and their delivery partners in the @one Alliance on this framework. FilterClear is an established and well-proven technology within Scotland and we are pleased that Anglian Water has recognised its particular benefits for these wastewater polishing applications.”

“Tertiary solids removal is becoming important for many sites across the UK and Europe and increasingly stringent consents for phosphorus often necessitate very high levels of solids removal, something that FilterClear achieves readily with low operating costs.”

Prior to the framework contract and subsequent orders, a FilterClear demonstration plant was operated for four months at Cambridge WRC. Operational and water quality data were collected to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology. The performance exceeded the client’s expectations and FilterClear has been considered as a potential alternative to conventional sand filters or even membrane filters where stringent solids performance is required.

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Lloyd Martin appointed Chairman of British Water’s International Forum

Bluewater Bio International, an award-winning provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that Lloyd Martin, Business Development & Strategic Counsel for BwB, has been appointed as Chairman for British Water’s (“BW”) International Forum. The role commenced from 2nd April, with Lloyd serving a term of three years, during which he will also be a member of the board of Directors of British Water. The International Forum offers members of British Water – the UK water industry trade association – who are active or interested in international trade, the opportunity to expand their commercial activities in overseas territories.

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Lloyd Martin brings over 20 years’ water industry experience working in international markets, including Regional Director for Severn Trent Services International and Business Development Manager at Anglian Water International. Lloyd has also undertaken a three year assignment as the UK water industry’s international trade advisor to the British Government.

In his role, Lloyd will serve as an ‘Ambassador’ for the UK water and wastewater supply chain internationally, raising the profile of UK capability and expertise as well as facilitating commercial introductions and trade for British Water members.

Daniel Ishag, Founder and CEO of Bluewater Bio International commented: “Lloyd has proven to be a highly valued member of our team over the past couple of years, with his extremely relevant business network both within the UK and internationally. I have the utmost faith in his ability to chair the International Forum and help drive business for the UK supply chain overseas.”

“In our case, we have found that international markets have been critical to our success, gaining significant traction in key markets such as South Africa, Middle East and USA. With the well documented barriers to innovation in the UK, I would strongly advise any UK based technology company to seize any assistance they can obtain from British Water when evaluating their commercial strategy abroad.”

Lloyd Martin added: “I have been committed to British Water’s international activities for at least 20 years, ever since I first began working overseas. I am a strong supporter of the key role that British Water can play in assisting companies that wish to expand their activities internationally. I believe that British Water has a unique position within the industry, being able to link the best commercial ideas of its members with the export assistance available from UKTI. I intend to improve the Forum’s ability to meet the needs of British Water’s members, by focussing on how best to provide information, knowledge and experience of exports to all, and by acting as a networking conduit for best-practices.”

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11th March 2014 0 Comments

Bluewater Bio wins ‘Best Process Technology’ at WEX fro HYBACS project in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is delighted to announce that it has received the accolade of ‘Best Process Technology’ at this year’s prestigious Water and Energy Exchange (“WEX”) Global Innovation Awards. The ceremony, sponsored by Degremont, took place at the illustrious Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid during the 8th annual WEX conference, which brings together the world’s leading experts and authorities in the Water and Energy industries. (www.w-e-x.com)

The awards were open to organisations that have made a significant contribution to the water and wastewater sector during the previous 12 months. They were fiercely contested, with BwB competing in the process technology category against multi-billion pound nominees such as Sembcorp and Kemira.

Bluewater Bio has recently celebrated the successful commissioning and performance of its HYBrid ACtivated Sludge (“HYBACS”) upgrade at Tubli Water Pollution Control Centre in Bahrain, generating strong ministerial and media endorsement. Just last month, the company welcomed a delegation of 40 key industry personnel from leading water engineering companies around the globe, keen to witness the impressive performance of HYBACS first hand. BwB has now entered into an operation and maintenance contract at Tubli.

Daniel Ishag, Founder and CEO of Bluewater Bio International added: “Our 100 ML/d HYBACS plant at Tubli is the jewel in BwB’s crown, with test results consistently outperforming the client’s expectations. Gaining recognition from not only the client but also the highly respected and esteemed industry peers represented by the WEX awards, is a great honour and one of which the team at BwB should be immensely proud.”

Furthermore, the HYBACS upgrade at Tubli has also been shortlisted for wastewater project of the year in April’s Global Water Intelligence (“GWI”) awards, along with industry heavyweights such as Aqualia, CH2M Hill, Tedagua, Veolia and WTE. (www.globalwaterawards.com)

Daniel concludes: “We must not forget that, in industry terms, Bluewater Bio is still a relatively young company. To be credited so highly, under tough competition from the establishment, is testament to our entrepreneurial commitment, drive and determination. The results of our HYBACS process speak for themselves; we have a compelling technology, proven on a large scale, that I envisage becoming an industry standard over the near term.”

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5th February 2014 0 Comments

Bluewater Bio Signs Reciprocal Licensing Agreement with Biowater Technology

partners_biowater_75Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Norwegian based Biowater Technology (“Biowater”) to market each other’s advanced, high rate filtration and Moving Bed Bio Reactor (‘MBBR’) processes, respectively. More specifically the agreement, which was executed on February 1st 2014, covers BwB’s FilterClear™ and Biowater’s CFIC® products on a global, non-exclusive basis. It enables BwB to broaden and enhance their ever-expanding portfolio of innovative technologies, thereby strengthening their market position whilst opening up new territories and vertical sectors across the world.
The agreement marks the culmination of an increasingly close relationship over the past 18 months, as demonstrated by co-installation of BwB’s FilterClear™ and Biowater’s CMFF® technologies on a water reuse system for the Nirlon ‘green campus’, near Mumbai, India.

Biowater see FilterClear as complementary to their current MBBR -based offering, attracted by its key differentiators of class leading throughput rate and solids retention, high dirt holding capacity and low volume of backwash waste. In addition, the small footprint, minimum civil works, quick on-site installation and minimal operational intervention gives the end user a lower whole life cost over the life of an asset.

In addition to technology supply, both companies will provide, where necessary, relevant training and support. Audun Lodemel, CEO of Biowater Technology commented: “We are looking forward to working with Bluewater Bio in what is undoubtedly a mutually beneficial alliance between two companies that share the same vision and values. The combination of Bluewater’s high rate media filter with our own low footprint, cost effective biofilm technologies, such as the next generation Continuous Flow Intermittent Cleaning MBBR (CFIC®), allows us to address an even wider segment of the market – both municipal and industrial. Likewise, Bluewater Bio is well placed to benefit from the utilisation of our technologies to their global network. Customers will benefit from the combined solution with lower investment and operation costs.”

Bluewater Bio International added: “We view Biowater as an important strategic partner going forward, as we look to consolidate our market position globally whilst opening up the new opportunities that Biowater’s technology portfolio affords us. We have seen interest in our FilterClear technology grow exponentially over the past few months, in response to compelling performance data from tertiary treatment installations at Anglian Water and – in combination with Biowater’s biofilm processes – at Nirlon in India. Just as Biowater gain access to our technology and distribution, we are able to utilise their high performance biofilm technologies. To continue building our leading, stand-alone technology platform, Bluewater Bio must expand our portfolio with innovative, small footprint, low energy technologies that complement our existing products.

“We are particularly proud to be cementing our FilterClear offering so soon after our recent launch events at Tubli sewage treatment works in Bahrain, where our HYBACS upgrade received critical acclaim from clients, politicians and future partners alike. With both landmark developments under our belt by early February, we’re confident for the year ahead.”

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23rd January 2014 0 Comments

Bahrain Site Visit Celebrates Successful Performance Testing of HYBACS Upgrade

On Thursday 23rd January Bluewater Bio International, an award winning provider of high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, hosted a site visit to Tubli Water Pollution Control Centre (“WPCC”) in Bahrain, to celebrate recently-completed performance testing of its HYBrid ACtivated Sludge (“HYBACS®”) wastewater treatment upgrade.

In recognition of Bluewater Bio’s UK roots and its export success, the site visit was included by the UK Embassy in their programme for Great British Week (www.yallabahrain.com), during which the Company also exhibited at the Advanced Engineering & Innovation Expo on Saturday 18th January.

Welcoming 35 guests from as far afield as Australia, Canada, China and South Africa, Daniel Ishag, founder and CEO of Bluewater Bio, said: “Bluewater Bio is immensely proud to have been selected by the Bahraini Ministry of Works for their 8.75 million Dinar wastewater upgrade at Tubli. Thank you to our Ministry clients here today, and also to our champions within the UK Government who helped us build the necessary relationships across the Bahraini government.”

During the visit Bluewater Bio’s Project Manager, Bashar Muhtadi, presented the challenges that dictated the upgrade in sewage treatment capacity, while Technical Director, Dr. Jeremy Biddle, outlined the HYBACS plant’s performance. The visit also included a real-time demonstration to illustrate the vastly improved sludge settling of effluent from the two HYBACS lanes, compared with effluent from the eight lanes not yet upgraded.

Jeremy added: “During commissioning in September and October, the HYBACS plant at Tubli treated 20% more flow than its design average and nitrified fully, whilst demonstrating substantial power savings of up to 40%. Our upgrade has subsequently passed performance testing with no failures, despite very high influent COD loads. But don’t just take my word for
it; I couldn’t put it better than the ministry themselves”, who said:

“The HYBACS upgrade at Tubli alleviates the current overloading problem without the requirement for green-field construction, thereby utilising the existing secondary treatment
assets whilst avoiding additional land take. Early results demonstrate that the plant is operating exceptionally well and meeting the highest standards, with an overall improvement
in nitrogen removal of 80%”. With performance testing completed on 6th January 2014, Bluewater Bio has entered a one year operation and maintenance contract at Tubli WPCC.
Daniel Ishag concluded: “Now fully commissioned, the HYBACS upgrade at Tubli is, as you have witnessed today, consistently outperforming all the Ministry’s specifications and
expectations. As such it provides a compelling reference site for Bluewater Bio to showcase with current and future partners across the globe.”

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Inauguration Ceremony for BwB’s HYBACS Upgrade at Tubli WPCC, Bahrain

On Monday 09th December, Bluewater Bio, an award winning provider of high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, officially launched its HYBACS® wastewater treatment upgrade at the Tubli Water Pollution Control Centre (“WPCC”) in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The launch ceremony was held under the patronage of H.E. Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf, who was joined by many other esteemed guests, including Mr Iain Lindsay OBE, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Serving a Population Equivalent of 800,000, this plant inauguration marks the official completion of the largest environmental regeneration project of its kind in the GCC, and just the first phase of the Bahrain Government’s long term master plan for the Tubli WPCC.

In his speech during the ceremony, Daniel Ishag, founder and CEO of Bluewater Bio, said: “Bluewater Bio is delighted to have been selected by the Bahraini government for the 8 million Dinar Tubli wastewater treatment plant upgrade. This is a prestigious project, on a global scale, which will make a major contribution to the regional environment and ecology. We are proud to help future proof the country’s social and economic growth.”

The US $20 million HYBACS upgrade, implemented by BwB to help alleviate overloading at the original Tubli works, is demonstrating exceptional operational performance; producing test results that consistently meet the highest local and international treatment standards.
Eng. Khalifa Al Mansoor, Assistant Undersecretary at the Bahrain Ministry of Works added: “We meet today to celebrate the opening of the Tubli Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade project using HYBACS. Today’s event, in the presence of His Excellency the Minister of Works, Engineer Essam bin Abdulla Khalaf, coincides with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day Celebrations. The upgrade project treats 100,000m3/day of the sewage water flowing to theplant, which now totals 350,000m3/day. Preliminary results indicate that the new system is operating efficiently; in line with the standard specifications and measures adopted in the project.”

The project was implemented in two stages to meet the Client’s continuous treatment requirements. The first stage, completed in June 2013, saw the Company’s SMART™ units, which power the HYBACS process, treat 50,000m3/day of wastewater. Following completion of stage 2, the HYBACS plant is now treating 100,000 of the approximately 350,000m3/day incoming flow to Tubli Treatment Plant.

Combined, these two stages involved converting two of Tubli’s ten existing aeration lanes and four of its twelve clarifiers to the HYBACS process, with 42 SMART units positioned upstream of the existing two aeration lanes. The 100,000m3/d excess flow was diverted from the existing preliminary treatment works to the HYBACS plant, increasing the loading by an additional 150% compared with the original design loading.

Daniel Ishag concluded: “At 42 SMART units, the HYBACS upgrade at Tubli Bay represents a watershed moment for Bluewater Bio, and one which steps us up a gear on the global stage. To gain recognition from the Minister and his team on a project as large and critical for Bahrain adds credence not only to our HYBACS technology but also to Bluewater Bio as a whole.

“I am personally thrilled with the effluent quality results at Tubli to date, and the strong feedback we have received from the Ministry of Works. I would like to thank everyone involved in the Tubli project: not only Bluewater Bio’s own contracting team; but also the Ministry itself, including Engineers Asma Murad, Ebrahim Al-Hawaj and Ban Najim Eldin, our delivery partners P2M, Atlas and Aqua Treat and the UKTI’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (“GEP”). We look forward to growing collaborations of this nature, both in Bahrain and the wider GCC.”

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17th June 2013 0 Comments

Bluewater Bio Wins Prestigious Framework Contract with Anglian Water

Bluewater Bio International, a leading provider of innovative high-performance, cost-effective water and wastewater treatment technologies, is pleased to announce that their innovative high performance multimedia filtration technology, FilterClear, has been selected by Anglian Water (“Anglian”) to be included in their Tertiary Solids Removal Framework. The contract has been awarded for three years, with an option to extend for another seven years.

A FilterClear demonstration plant was operated for four months at Cambridge Sewage Treatment Works (STW). Operational and water quality data was collected to demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology. The performance met the client’s expectation and has been considered as a potential alternative to MBR or conventional sand filters where stringent solids performance is required.

In line with the National Environment Programme (NEP) to improve environment and water quality, there is a trend of increasingly demanding consent limits for discharging treated wastewater into water bodies. Under the current AMP5 period (2010 – 2015), Anglian has sites with a Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) consent below 10 mg/l. Similarly stringent discharge consents are being widely adopted during AMP6, both at Anglian and across the UK.

In the meantime, Ofwat’s rigorous approach to price limits dictates that water companies’ investment programmes have to select the most cost-effective technologies to achieve ever more stringent consents. Water companies are incentivized to deliver the most sustainable treatment solutions and, in order to achieve the required BOD standards with acceptable CAPEX and OPEX, Anglian Water, through the @one Alliance, are actively evaluating innovative technologies. FilterClear’s selection as a tertiary solution follows pilot demonstrations of competing technologies, with effluent quality and operational parameters closely monitored and compared.
Daniel Ishag, Founder & CEO of Bluewater Bio International commented: “This award, with one of the UK’s largest utility companies, renowned for its robust R&D focus, represents our first framework deal in the UK. To be selected after undergoing such vigorous testing and validation at their Cambridge facility is further testament to the value proposition that we hope to replicate with many other water companies around the world.”

“With stricter discharge consents coming into force, BwB is well placed to capture a significant proportion of Anglian’s tertiary filtration upgrades as a result of both the positive trial and the framework itself. I look forward to working with the Anglian team and their delivery partners to meet these consents.”

Bluewater Bio acquired Glasgow-based FilterClear’s innovative suite of high performance filtration technologies in September 2011, attracted by its key differentiators of class-leading throughput rate and solids retention, high dirt holding capacity and low volume of backwash waste. In addition, the small footprint, minimum civil works, quick on-site installation and minimal operational intervention gives the end user a lower whole life cost over the life of an asset.

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