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THE NEWS ARCHIVE

Raising a Glass to Water Reuse


Celebrating a water reuse success story in California   

California, USA – 21 July 2017: At the 2017 International Water Association (IWA) Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse beginning this weekend in Long Beach, California, a unique beverage will be served to attendees at Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s dedicated ‘Brew Reception’. The Ballast Point Brewing Company have crafted a beer using water from the East County Advanced Water Purification Facility to celebrate the facility’s water reuse success story. 

The Advanced Water Purification Facility treats secondary effluent from a wastewater treatment plant in the District and was constructed for demonstration and testing purposes to explore a new source of water for Santee. The facility uses a four-step purification process of free chlorine disinfection, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation. 

Biwater provided a complete turnkey design, and supplied and commissioned all process, mechanical, electrical and control components for the facility, which began operations in 2015. 

“The Ballast Point beer demonstrates what’s great about our work, reusing wastewater to the degree that it can be consumed by the population again. This ‘Brew Reception’, hosted by Padre Dam Municipal Water District, is great for experiencing the results of our contribution to the project and more importantly, in keeping the focus on the benefits and success stories around reuse,” said Jorg Menningmann, President, Biwater’s Membrane Treatment and Desalination Sector (Biwater Inc.).

Video: Watch the ‘Beer Starts with Water’ video via Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s website: www.eastcountyawp.com/beer-starts-water/ 

Event details: Padre Dam Brew Reception, Sunday 23 July 2017, 5.50pm – 7pm, Long Beach Convention Center, Promenade Ballroom Foyer 
 

 

 

Biwater commence works on a new project in Southern Morocco  


Providing the first turnkey wastewater treatment facility for Laayoune

Rabat, Morocco – 18 July 2017:  Biwater continue to deliver turnkey wastewater treatment solutions serving populous and important economic zones across North Africa. Most recently, Biwater were awarded a contract to deliver vital wastewater infrastructure for the city of Laayoune. The city is home to around 40 percent of the regional population in Southern Morocco, which is otherwise sparsely populated.

The civil design and construction contract is already underway with earthworks in progress. Biwater’s team are providing a fast-track construction programme to reduce the ecological impact of raw sewage and provide treated water for reuse. The arid region will benefit from the ability to reuse water for irrigation, with treated water meeting local treatment and effluent consent standards. 

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Laayoune Wastewater Treatment Plant Earthworks


“This project award emphasises the importance of wastewater treatment and reuse in areas where there are acute water shortages. We are proud to continue our long-standing work to improve sanitation conditions for all across the region,” said Yassine Laib, Biwater’s Country Manager in Morocco. 

The new facility will provide pre-treatment, biological treatment and advanced tertiary treatment, including closed low pressure ultraviolet (UV). Meanwhile, biogas production will also allow for combined heat and power cogeneration for the facility. 

Following construction, Biwater will provide two years of operational assistance and training to foster knowledge sharing with the local workforce. 

The city of Laayoune does not currently have a wastewater treatment facility, so this project is key to improving sanitation for this important economic zone.
 

 

 

Finance and Trade Awards Raise the Profile of Biwater’s Kurdistan Finance Deal 


Both Global Trade Review (GTR) and Trade & Forfaiting Review (TFR) Commend Deal

Surrey, UK – 15 May 2017: Since announcing Biwater’s ground-breaking $1.2bn project in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq at the close of 2016, the finance deal for development works has been recognised by both Global Trade Review (GTR) and Trade & Forfaiting Review (TFR) in their annual award rosters. 

The ‘GTR Best Deals 2016’ celebrate the winners of the best deals in trade, commodity, export and supply chain finance. There were 16 winners selected and showcased in GTR March/April 2017. Editorial Director, Shannon Manders, gave a special mention to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for its debut on the list this year. 

The “Helping hand to the Middle East refugee crisis” write up commends the deal by summarising that, “The deal doesn’t just have tremendous long-lasting environmental and humanitarian implications: being the first loan entered into by the Kurdistan Regional Government under its debt law, it sets a precedent for future borrowing and demonstrates that the Regional Government is able to borrow in its own name.”

Following on from this award recognition, Biwater’s Project Finance Director, Mark Robinson, detailed the way forward for construction finance in a more in-depth article featured in GTR May/June 2017, ‘Kurdistan: The debt law that changed the game’. He said, “The company’s project finance teams are already working with a number of ECAs, including UKEF, as well as banks to arrange suitable finance to fund the construction phase...to reach completion of the scoping works and reach financial close of the loan required for construction to commence this year.” 

Meanwhile, the deal was also highly commended in the 'TFR Deals of 2016', which were published in the TFR February 2017 Special Deals Edition. Commercial and Export Credit Agency (ECA)/multilateral agency deals were commended for a range of achievements, “From the brave, to the complex, to the persistent and the innovative.” 
 
Deal summary:
  • Borrower: Kurdistan Region of Iraq 
  • Amount for initial development works phase: USD 34.8m 
  • Mandated Lead Arranger (MLA): J.P. Morgan
  • Export Credit Agency (ECA): UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • Exporter and Contractor: Biwater International Limited 
  • Law Firms: Mena Associates; Sullivan & Worcester
  • Date signed: 8 December 2016

 

 

Ground-Breaking $1.2bn Project to Deliver Urgent Water Infrastructure Works across Kurdistan 


British water engineering company, Biwater, have been awarded a USD $1.2 billion contract by the Kurdistan Regional Government to meet vital water supply and sanitation needs

Surrey, UK – 8 December 2016: Biwater have been contracted to deliver water and wastewater treatment solutions for the cities of Erbil and Sulaimani in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Works will alleviate the current strain on existing infrastructure and reduce the region’s reliance on dwindling groundwater reserves to deliver long-lasting environmental benefits.
 
"Since Biwater was founded in 1968, we have delivered many large international water projects across the globe, including strategic turnkey solutions throughout the Middle East. The signing of this contract in Kurdistan is a major landmark in providing technological and financial solutions that address complex water-related challenges in the region," said Sir Adrian White, CBE, Chairman, Biwater.
 
As a part of this project, Erbil will be provided with a 600,000 m3/day state-of-the-art water treatment plant, while Sulaimani will benefit from water treatment plant upgrades and the construction of cutting-edge wastewater treatment works and sludge treatment facilities.
 
Present at a signing event in London today, Alastair White, Deputy Chairman, Biwater, extended his thanks to those involved saying, “Biwater is very grateful for the support of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Her Majesty’s Government teams in Erbil and Baghdad, who have been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.”
 
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Pictured at today’s Development Works loan signing event,
Louis Taylor, Chief Executive of UK Export Finance (UKEF)
and Alastair White, Deputy Chairman, Biwater


The London-based event was arranged to mark the signing of a loan to fund the project’s Development Works, which will include all relevant site surveys, social and environmental impact assessments and detailed designs. Development Works will run for a period of 6-12 months before construction.
 
The loan for the Development Works is being financed by UK Export Finance (UKEF). J.P. Morgan is acting as the Facility Agent and Mandated Lead Arranger for this initial loan on behalf of UKEF to The Kurdistan Regional Government.
 
Rt Hon. Greg Hands MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, said, “This is great news for Biwater and for British exports, and I am delighted that UKEF is financing this hugely important contract. It shows what is possible when British technical excellence receives the right government support at the right time. The project will bring much needed benefits to Kurdistan and also offer substantial opportunities for supply chain companies based here in the UK.”
 
Welcoming the water project and the loan agreement, Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said, “This is a significant step that will help improve the daily lives of the citizens of Erbil and Sulaimani. It is also the first time the UK government has provided a direct loan to the KRG to boost our infrastructure. We hope this initial loan will pave the way to attracting finance for the next stage of this important project. We also appreciate the high-level backing this project has received from the UK government, highlighting the close and fruitful relationship between the UK and the Kurdistan Region.”

Read more about the Development Works loan signing via the following Government news channels:

 

 

Biwater’s water treatment project in Cameroon gets a boost to $166m 


A supplemental agreement has been signed to account for additional scope 

Surrey, UK – 24 November 2016: Since the US $152m Cameroon water treatment project award announced earlier, Biwater have signed a supplemental contract with Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (Camwater) bringing the revised contract value to US $166m.

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Biwater representatives pictured with Director General
of Camwater, Alphonse Roger Ondoa Akoa, during
contract exchange


The original contract covered the refurbishment and extension of water supply infrastructure to address acute ongoing potable water shortages across 13 locations in Southern Cameroon, and included the provision of a water asset management (WAM) programme to improve network efficiencies and project sustainability.

The supplemental contract incorporates additional scope to increase security of water supply and storage for Mundemba and Bertoua. Other notable additions include the supply of power to sites, costs for project supervision and the appointment of an independent engineer.

“There is an urgent need for water across Central and Southern Cameroon and Camwater are committed to addressing local needs. We are taking on additional responsibility and increasing the contract scope to guarantee that works are progressed on a fast-track basis once financial close has been reached,” said Giles Jackson, Biwater’s Regional Director for Africa.

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Public consultations in Yanda III and Mbang


Environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs) and public consultations are underway and financial close is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. 

An Export Credit financial package is being arranged by Biwater to cover the entire project, subject to the necessary due diligence. 
 

 

 

Biwater Awarded Advanced Water Treatment Project in California 


New indirect potable reuse solution to eliminate demand for imported water 

California, USA – 16 November 2016:
 Biwater have been awarded a contract to design, supply and supervise the installation and commissioning of both ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) systems for the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program (GRIP) advanced water treatment facility being constructed in Pico Rivera, Southern California. 

The new 14.8 million US gallon per day (56 million litre per day) plant will support the Water Replenishment District (WRD) of Southern California in its aim to be 100 percent independent from imported water. Site work is underway following the recent ground breaking ceremony to meet a completion date of July 2018.

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WDR ground breaking ceremony group photo

“Biwater is on track to supply state-of-the-art UF and RO systems by late 2017 for the new GRIP advanced water treatment plant. The membrane systems are two of the three key process technologies essential to the indirect potable reuse solution. Biwater’s membrane technologies will help replenish groundwater supplies to ensure local aquifers are sustainable and continue to be a vital and growing contributor to the region’s water demands,” said Jorg Menningmann, President of Biwater’s Membrane Treatment and Desalination Sector (Biwater Inc.).

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J. F. Shea Construction’s GRIP facility illustration


Technical overview: 

The source water for the new GRIP facility is tertiary effluent from two wastewater treatment plants. The 10 train UF process will remove particulates and organisms prior to the RO membranes, thereby contributing to stable RO operation and performance. To enhance overall system recovery rates, backwash waste from the primary UF system will be processed by a subsequent secondary recovery UF system. Overall recovery for the UF system will be 99.7 percent.

Thereafter, the UF filtrate will be treated by four primary RO trains (2 stage) followed by four concentrator RO trains (1 stage) running at a product recovery rate of 92.7 percent. The RO membranes will remove/reduce ionised salts and dissolved organics such as metals, nitrates and total organic content (TOC). 

The combined RO product will then be sent through a chemical oxidation/ultraviolet (UV) reactor advanced oxidation process, which will breakdown low molecular weight compounds in the category of Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs).

The system operations will be optimised prior to start-up with data gathered from pilot plant operations that will run concurrently with the initial design phases of the project. This data will be instrumental for tuning in chemical feed rates and membrane cleaning frequency and techniques. As the raw water source is unique and variable with two different sources, the pilot plant data will be invaluable and allow us to begin initial operations with optimum conditions. Biwater’s ultimate goal for the pilot plant is to fine tune the operations to reduce energy and chemical consumption and extend useful membrane life. 

Parties involved: 

Main contractor: J. F. Shea Construction
Design engineering: Tetra Tech
UF/RO Designer and Systems Supplier: Biwater 
Interim operator following construction: Perc Water
 

 

 

Biwater Awarded Best in Business Accolade


Surrey, UK – 11 November 2016: Biwater have been presented with a ‘Best in Business’ award by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP. The award identifies Biwater as a top performing UK business based on compound annual total sales (CAGR) growth over the last three years. 

Research conducted by BDO LLP recognises leading companies based in Surrey and Sussex, which have continued to forge ahead with their growth plans, despite tightening market conditions and the uncertainty that the UK’s EU Referendum has sparked this year.

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Best in Business Award Trophy 

Paul Stevens, Biwater’s Chief Financial Officer, said, “Through its research, BDO have identified high growth businesses that demonstrate leadership in their respective industries. As such, we are delighted to receive this ‘Best in Business’ award, following the ‘International Sales Growth’ award received in early 2016.” 

Adding to this, Mr. Stevens said, “Biwater’s success lies in its ability to deliver bespoke financial, engineering, technical and operational solutions –  total solutions that meet the needs of both Public and Private Clients across the globe.”

 

 

 

Biwater Presented with Leading Industry Awards at the 2016 Global Water Awards


During the Global Water Awards, Biwater were presented with Distinctions for ‘Water Company of the Year’ and ‘Wastewater Project of the Year’ by Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico

Surrey, UK – 20 April 2016: : In the top water industry awards event of the year, Biwater were presented with a Distinction for Water Company of the Year, the main award category, during a ceremony held at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The award recognised the Group’s success in delivering bespoke financial, engineering, technical and operational solutions across the globe.

At the same event, Biwater was also recognised for delivering the impressive Stage 2A Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) on Stonecutters Island, Hong Kong. The project was shortlisted in the Wastewater Project of the Year Award category and was recognised with a Distinction during the Ceremony. The project was presented as a major industry achievement, showcasing the world’s largest sewage pumping station and sludge treatment facility.

Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, presented the two awards and congratulated Biwater on their success in delivering large-scale projects with maximum impact in challenging jurisdictions.

Commenting on this achievement, Sir Adrian White, Biwater Chairman, said, “We are extremely proud to be awarded Distinctions for both Water Company of the Year and Wastewater Project of the Year. These awards recognise our unique offering and approach to supplying the world’s population with critical potable water, sanitation and reuse solutions. It is a testament to the sheer hard work and commitment of our employees that we were nominated for these awards and went on to receive such recognition. I would like to extend my thanks to our talented Biwater teams, and all of those in the water industry who voted for us.”

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The two trophies highlighting Biwater’s success at the 2016 Global Water Awards

Water Company of the Year:
Annually, the Water Company of the Year Award is presented to the water company that has made the most significant contribution to the development of the water sector over the last year. This Award recognises that “No other water company active today is as willing to engage where it really matters”.

In the past year, Biwater has successfully developed a pipeline of projects spanning the globe, providing for populations in need of clean potable water and sanitation solutions.

Furthermore, Biwater’s desalination and membrane treatment capabilities, coupled with its project finance expertise, position it as a world leader in treated water, making it the go-to company for complex and multi-faceted projects requiring long-term funding.

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Hayley Thompson, Biwater’s Communication and Marketing Manager collecting the ‘Water Company of the Year’ Distinction Trophy, pictured alongside Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico (right), and Christopher Gasson, Global Water Intelligence Publisher (left)

Wastewater Project of the Year:
This award category is for the wastewater treatment project that has shown the greatest innovation in terms of optimising its physical or environmental footprint. Stage 2A of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme (HATS) is considered an industry success, as “The neat dovetailing of the numerous infrastructure components reflects a uniquely holistic and forward-thinking approach to municipal wastewater and environmental management.”

The new facility handles requirements for wastewater treatment for over five million Hong Kong residents. The resultant increase in treatment capacity to 2.4 million m3/day has significantly improved the quality of water in Victoria Harbour and the situation for residents and business across Hong Kong.

The Global Water Awards acknowledge important achievements in the international water industry over the past year. Winners are selected by Global Water Intelligence and Water Desalination Report subscribers, reflecting the views of the international water community. Nominations are initially shortlisted by a panel of experts before voting commences.

The Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major annual water industry conference which brings thought leaders from across the world together to tackle a diverse range of topics spanning the depth and breadth of the industry.


 

 

Biwater Recognsied for International Sales Growth


Surrey, UK – 21 March 2016: Accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO LLP, recently presented Biwater with an award for international sales growth, based on their analysis of top performing companies in Surrey.

The award recognises Biwater’s sustained growth and international turnover, following its reporting of impressive profit growth over the last three years.

“Biwater is a great example of a business that, led by a strong management team, continues to embrace market opportunities and is well positioned to take advantage of the economic upswing. Such companies, which are successful at driving growth, are crucial to our economic recovery here in the South East of England,” said Kevin Cook, Business Assurance Partner, BDO LLP, Guildford.

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Sir Adrian White, Chairman (left) and Paul Stevens,
Chief Financial Officer (right) pictured at Biwater
House holding the International Sales Growth Award


Biwater’s international growth strategy is driven by an engineering and financial solutions philosophy. The Group’s bespoke financial, technical, engineering and operations solutions help overcome some of the world’s most pressing water related challenges. Continued success in existing markets, and a number of recent contract awards in new territories, have fuelled Biwater’s recent growth indicators.

Commenting on the award, Paul Stevens, Biwater’s Chief Financial Officer said, “We were delighted to be presented with this award by BDO recognising Biwater’s international sales growth. Over the past 15 month, we have achieved our financial targets and increased our foothold in key markets.”

 


 

 

Biwater Shortlisted for 2016 Global Water Awards


Surrey, UK – 7 March 2016: In the 2016 Global Water Awards, Biwater have been shortlisted in two categories:

1. Water Company of the Year
For the water company that made the most significant contribution to the development of the international water sector in 2015.

In this nomination – with a write up published in the latest issue of Global Water Intelligence – the focus is on Biwater’s capabilities to “go out and do what it does best – engineer unique deals with maximum impact in challenging jurisdictions…no other water company active today is as willing to engage where it really matters.”

In addition, Global Water Intelligence notes that Biwater’s outstanding “export finance connections and in-house negotiating skills have enabled it to carve out a unique role as a deal broker, bringing bespoke financial, engineering, technical, and operational solutions to bear where they are most needed in the world.” 

2. Wastewater Project of the Year
For the wastewater treatment plant, commissioned during 2015, that shows the greatest innovation in terms of optimising its physical or environmental footprint. 

Hong Kong’s integrated wastewater and sludge management efforts are recognised by the nomination of ‘Stage 2A Harbour Area Treatment Scheme’ (HATS) in the Wastewater Project of the Year Award category.

This large-scale project on Stonecutters Island is increasing wastewater treatment capacity to 2.4 million m3/day, cleaning up the coastal waters of Victoria Harbour and directing sludge to a thermal-based sludge treatment facility to support power generation requirements.

Biwater completed the upgrade of the sewage treatment works on Stonecutters Island, which incorporates the world’s largest pumping station.

The project highlights included in the latest issue of Global Water Intelligence draw attention to the success of the Scheme, saying that the “neat dovetailing of the numerous infrastructure components reflects a uniquely holistic and forward-thinking approach to municipal wastewater and environmental management.”

Voting is underway to select the winners of the 2016 Global Water Awards.

Those eligible to vote include:
- Subscribed readers of Global Water Intelligence Magazine
- Subscribed readers of Water Desalination Report
- Individual members of the International Desalination Association (IDA)
- Delegates who registered for Global Water Summit early bird discount

Individuals will have received a unique URL to vote, which will be valid until 6 April 2016. Winners will be announced at the Global Water Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 19 April 2016.

To read more about the Awards and how to vote check out the Global Water Awards website.

We encourage you to view the comprehensive 2016 Shortlist and vote for us in the ‘Water Company of the Year’ and ‘Wastewater Project of the Year’ categories!
 


 

 

Join us in San Antonio for the 2016 Membrane technology conference


Florida, USA – 1 February 2015: We encourage you to stop by Biwater's booth (#231) during this year's Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, running from 1 - 5 February 2016, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Technical facility tour
Tour San Antonio Water Systems’ (SAWS) 12 MGD Groundwater Brackish Desalination Plant currently under construction and see Biwater's RO system. The tour will take place on Friday February 5th as part of the Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition programme.

Open Platform UF system
Come speak with us about our versatile open platform rack system, which is designed to accommodate a variety of different ultrafiltration modules providing an open market for membrane selection and replacement.

Contact us to schedule a meeting with a member of the team by emailing: richard.white@biwater.com



 

 

Biwater Awarded Two Reverse Osmosis Expansion Contracts in California


California, USA – 1 February 2015: Biwater will commence work on two new reverse osmosis (RO) expansion projects in California, USA, later this month following the award of contracts to support the ‘Chino Desalter Phase 3 Expansion Plan’ in Chino and the ‘Goldsworthy Desalter Expansion Project’ in Torrance.

In Chino, expansion works will add an additional RO skid that will increase membrane treatment capacity by 1.8 million gallons per day (MGD (US)). The expansion of the Chino I Desalter supports The Chino Desalter Phase 3 Expansion Plan, which will provide operational flexibility, increase efficiency, and allow the agency to increase the available water supply. The project will help the Chino Basin Watermaster achieve hydraulic control of the Chino Basin to reduce or eliminate migration of brackish groundwater from the southern section of the basin into the Santa Ana River. The project will also address salinity issues that could limit future use of recycled water in the Chino Basin.

Meanwhile in Torrance, Biwater will add 2.3 MGD (US) RO treatment capacity to Goldsworthy Desalter, which will reduce demand on imported water supplies. This expansion project complements other local initiatives aimed at improving regional water supply reliability.

“These two contract awards demonstrate local efforts to harness the potential of existing facilities by increasing treatment capacity and decreasing energy consumption. Biwater is considered a partner of choice for such expansion projects, with the company’s extensive experience in desalination and membrane treatment in North America,” said Jorg Menningmann, President, Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector (Biwater Inc.). 

Biwater will be designing, supplying and supervising the installation of RO equipment on both sites, including testing and start up. Systems will be delivered semi-assembled on a fast-track basis and incorporate energy recovery, which will significantly reduce the overall specific energy consumption of the two facilities.
 


 

 

Biwater awarded US $152m water treatment contract spanning 14 locations in Cameroon


Securing a new contract in a new market and expanding Biwater’s portfolio in Africa
 
Surrey, UK – 24 December 2015: Ahead of the New Year, Biwater have signed a US $152m contract with the Cameroon Water Utilities Corporation (Camwater) to refurbish and extend water supply infrastructure to address acute ongoing potable water shortages.

Included in the project scope is the design, build/refurbishment and extension of potable water production, storage and distribution infrastructure across 14 locations in Central and Southern Cameroon. In conjunction with the project, Biwater will also be delivering a water asset management (WAM) programme, which will include training and skills transfer, to improve network efficiencies and project sustainability.

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Martin Littlemore, Biwater Regional Manager, pictured with representatives of Camwater post-signing

Commenting on the contact award, Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa, said, “We are delighted to share news of this contract award in a new and important market ahead of the New Year. This turnkey project will see both urban and rural areas across the Cameroon benefit from network enhancements, plant refurbishments and the construction of new water infrastructure.”

An Export Credit financial package is being arranged by Biwater to cover the entire project, subject to the necessary due diligence.
 

 

 

Moroccan King holds official wastewater treatment plant inauguration at Biwater plant in Tangier


Rabat, Morocco – 27 November 2015: The Moroccan King, Mohammed VI, recently held an official visit and inauguration ceremony to mark the achievements of the Boukhalef wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation project completed by Biwater.

Following the visit, a video was released documenting the visit (view via YouTube). During event proceedings, King Mohammed VI was welcomed by crowds of local citizens who were delighted to witness his arrival at the facility in Tangier. While at the Boukhalef site, His Highness conducted an official ribbon cutting and unveiled a plaque documenting the opening.

“For all involved in this project, it was a real honour to welcome His Highness, King Mohammed VI, to the site and be given the opportunity to showcase Biwater’s rehabilitation works that have revitalised the local wastewater treatment plant,” said Yassine Laib, Country Manager, Morocco. 

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Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, conducting a ribbon cutting
ceremony at Boukhalef wastewater treatment plant 

 
Rehabilitation works of the Boukhalef wastewater treatment plant improved the quality of effluent discharge to exceed international standards and meet Morocco’s requirements for irrigation water for green areas in Southern Tangier, including for reuse on golf courses.

Civil engineering works were required alongside the installation of new electromechanical equipment, electricity and automation processes and tertiary treatment facilities. Ahead of 2017, the facility will be expanded to increase capacity with additional clarification tanks constructed.

The video summarising the royal visit outlines that this project, and other key infrastructure initiatives, reflect the concerns of the King, who is committed to protecting the environment, alongside achieving continued economic development and growth country-wide.
 

 

 

Biwater’s Chairman, Adrian E. White, Honoured with Knighthood


Surrey, UK – 13 June 2015: Biwater are pleased to announce that its Chairman, Adrian E. White, CBE, has been honoured with a Knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen in the annual Birthday Honours List, in recognition of services to International Trade and Investment.

Sir Adrian is married to Gillian and has five children. A Chartered Scientist and Engineer, he established ‘Biwater Treatment’ in 1968 at the age of 25. He remains fully committed to the industry over 45 years later in his role as Chairman of the Biwater Group.

He has expressed his delight at the award saying, “I am both proud and honoured by the recognition of personal and professional contributions I have been able to make over the years in trying to improve the lives of people through the provision of basic human services such as drinking water and sanitation, whilst also ensuring that people have access to the public health care that they deserve.

“I believe that Britain upholds the strong moral and ethical standards necessary to provide people with the right environment in which to live and prosper, and I will continue to embrace these values through my work and personal activities.

“Whilst being truly honoured, I feel humbled by this award, and would like to thank my wife, family and colleagues who rightly should share this recognition.

“I feel I still have much to contribute in assisting foreign governments with their water and wastewater challenges, and in providing financial and technical solutions to those countries that have huge pressures on their regional and federal budgets.”

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Sir Adrian E. White
CBE. DL. C.Sci D.Univ

 
Boosting British exports:
Sir Adrian, whose inventions and patented designs for rural water supplies, filters and contamination prevention in municipal swimming pools have enabled Biwater to secure many large contracts overseas, resulting in Biwater winning five Queen’s Awards for Industry.

In 1993, Sir Adrian founded British Water in order to boost British water expertise and products worldwide by merging the ‘British Water & Effluent Treatment Plant Association’ with the ‘British Water Industry Group’. He joined the UK Government’s Overseas Projects Board that helped to coordinate British Water’s drive for exports, allowing it to become the leading trade body for the water industry.

Supported by the UK Department of Trade & Industry and the Ministry of Defence, Sir Adrian led British industry in the rectification of Kuwait, resulting in large contracts for British businesses in subsequent years.

In 1993, Sir Adrian was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to exporting and the water industry. 

Other achievements and accolades: Sir Adrian served as Governor of the BBC for five years, from 1995 to 2000. He was Chairman of the Epsom Healthcare NHS Trust in Surrey for seven years, from 1992 to 1999. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey and in 2006 High Sheriff of Surrey.

He arranged an innovative self-build project for the Epsom Healthcare NHS Trust, which included the construction of the new maternity building and the Cottage Hospital in Cobham. Thereafter, he also funded developments at Epsom General Hospital through the ‘Denbies Trust’, providing a new accident and emergency unit and the South-West London Orthopaedic hip and knee unit in a dedicated four-storey ‘Denbies Wing’.

He established the St Kilda Trust, providing funds to build a doctors and nurses accommodation block on the Epsom General Hospital site, and is President of the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, which continues to raise funds for hospital equipment.

Sir Adrian remains a Trustee of the Children’s Trust in Tadworth, which assists children suffering from brain injuries, after retiring as their Chairman in 2013. He also remains President of the Surrey Care Trust, which works to benefit the unemployed and disabled.

He has held various other positions over the years, which have included being Patron of the Brigitte Trust, the Surrey Family Mediation Service, the Voluntary Association for Surrey Disabled, President of Surrey’s Performing Arts Library, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Millfield School, as well as being a member of the University of Surrey Council from whose Chancellor, HRH Duke of Kent, he received an honourary Doctorate.

He also founded, and is Settlor of the Denbies Trust, which has been able to support many local charities, and over the years, has been a supporter of various causes in the Surrey area, including donating bronze statues of some of Dorking’s most famous residents, such as Ralph Vaughan Williams, the composer, and Thomas Cubitt the master builder.

Perhaps Sir Adrian’s most interesting pastime outside of Biwater and his philanthropic activities has been the creation of the UK’s largest vineyard, Denbies Wine Estate, which yields over 10 percent of the UK’s annual wine production. The vineyard extends over 265 acres in Dorking, Surrey, and produces over 450,000 bottles of wine a year. It was awarded the Best Rosé in the World in the International Wine Challenge in 2011, and many other gold awards since the vines were first planted in 1985.
 

 

 

Biwater Completes Water Treatment and Supply Projects across Ghana


Accra, Ghana – 26 May 2015: Overcoming space limitations to build a new potable water treatment plant, and challenging terrain to lay extensive pipework, Biwater have successfully delivered two projects spanning a number of distinct population centres across Ghana.

In Kpong, Southeast Ghana, Biwater recently completed the construction of a 41,000 m3/day (41 MLD) reinforced concrete direct filtration potable water treatment plant to serve Kpong and its environs, as well as rural communities between Kpong and Tema. The facility is supplied by a lake that is situated between the Akosombo and Akuse Dams on the Volta River.

From Aframso to Kumawu in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Biwater also completed an extensive pipeline installation project that involved the excavation, welding, laying, backfilling, testing and disinfection of over 50 kilometres of steel and HDPE transmission pipeline.

Excavation was carried out along challenging terrain that required breaking out hard rock to bury the pipeline, as well as some lengths above ground that were laid on pipe support plinths. Due to the hilly nature of the local topography, the scope of works included numerous road, stream and river crossings. Air valves, washout valves and isolation chamber valves were installed to ensure the continuity of flow along the route.

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Welding of HDPE pipe lengths before installation
 
“The completion of these water treatment and supply projects would not have been possible without our skilled team locally. They handled the laying of extensive steel and HDPE pipes in steep and rocky terrain, whilst also successfully managing complex logistics to deliver robust and long-lasting solutions,” said David Thorpe, Managing Director, West Africa. 

Prior to these projects, Biwater delivered the Tamale Water Supply Project in the North of Ghana and numerous other water related infrastructure projects across the length and breadth of the country.
 

 

 

New Contract Award Highlights Biwater’s Diverse Seawater Systems Capabilities

Specialist seawater system to serve important border crossing near Hong Kong Airport
 
Hong Kong – 30 April 2015: Scheduled for completion next year, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge will be the region’s first major combined bridge and tunnel sea-crossing incorporating extensive infrastructure works and the creation of two artificial islands. By 2020, it’s expected that daily passenger flow will be in excess of 120,000.

To serve the new Hong Kong boundary crossing facility, and all of those who pass through the clearance area, Biwater have been awarded a contract to supply and install a specialist seawater system to ensure that all associated buildings are fully ventilated with water-cooled air conditioning units.

Seawater will be sourced from Urmston Road waters – an inshore passage between the mouth of the Pearl River and the northwest end of Victoria Harbour – where it will be screened and disinfected before passing through an extensive system of seawater pumpsets and accompanying pipework, which will include penstocks, travelling bandscreens, and automatic backwash strainers. In addition, Biwater will provide the low voltage power supply system and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

“This is a significant project for us, as it builds upon our successful track record of delivering bespoke seawater systems and pumping stations for the Hong Kong Government, which complements our more widely known capabilities in desalination and membrane treatment for water supply and reuse projects around the world,” said John Jennings, Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Biwater International Limited.

Due to Hong Kong’s location in the South China Sea, there has been a increase in the use of seawater for air conditioning and flushing. To reduce corrosion of the seawater system, Biwater will coat all equipment that is in contact with seawater with corrosion-resistant material or construct it of high grade stainless steel. Ductile iron pipes with cement mortar internal linings and vertical split casting seawater pumps with duplex stainless steel impellers will be used throughout the system. 
 

 

 

Ambassador Clive Alderton Tours Biwater’s Wastewater Works in Morocco


Rabat, Morocco – 23 April 2015: Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, HE Mr. Clive Alderton, recently toured Biwater’s turn-key wastewater project in Aourir while under construction.

Collaborating to provide a detailed presentation and tour of the facility, Biwater and Service Management of Water and Sanitation (RAMSA) representatives led the Ambassador around the project site providing an overview of the process elements and the resultant reuse potential of the effluent that will be produced.

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HE Mr. Clive Alderton with Ahmed Ouakkas, CEO
of Service Management of Water and Sanitation
(RAMSA) at the Aourir project site

 
Hosting the Ambassador, Ahmed Ouakkas, CEO of RAMSA said, “We welcome high-level delegation visits to our Aourir site such as this, because they showcase our commitment to delivering reuse solutions that support the local economy. The Ambassador was delighted to see such a successful partnership between British Engineering firm Biwater and our local Moroccan water utility company, RAMSA.”

Currently civil works are underway with equipment installation scheduled for the end of April.

Once complete, the new wastewater treatment plant will serve over 60,000 local residents, while also providing for the bounty of tourists who flock to the city of Aourir annually.
 

 

 

Grand Opening of Advanced Water Purification Facility in California


California, USA – 13 April 2015: Padre Dam Municipal Water District celebrated the grand opening of its Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility and tour program on Friday. The demonstration facility has been built to utilize advanced water purification technologies to produce approximately 100,000 gallons (US) of recycled water for testing purposes.

During the year-long demonstration period, Padre Dam’s Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Facility will take recycled water through four advanced water treatment steps: Free chlorine disinfection, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation (ultra violet light and hydrogen peroxide). The produced water will be vigorously tested to ensure it meets the high quality water standards of the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water’s stringent public health objectives.

If the demonstration facility is deemed successful and the project moves forward, the water would be injected into the Santee groundwater basin, withdrawn and treated again prior to distribution as drinking water.

“California’s severe drought brings into focus the importance of Padre Dam’s efforts to develop a local water supply with our Advanced Water Purification Project. The Grand Opening of our demonstration facility could not have come at a more appropriate time - on the heels of the lowest recorded snowpack in California’s history,” said Allen Carlisle, CEO and General Manager of Padre Dam. “The full scale Advanced Water Purification Project has the potential to provide a reliable, drought-proof water source that is up to 20 percent of Padre Dam’s current drinking water supply.”

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Grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony
 
Padre Dam is working with Helix Water District, the City of El Cajon and the County of San Diego to study the feasibility of developing an expanded East County Advanced Water Purification Program.  The study will focus on the possibility of expanding Padre Dam’s proposed Advanced Water Purification Project to accommodate and treat wastewater from the other agencies’ service areas in order to provide a new drought proof water supply. This expanded program could produce up to 10 million gallons (US) of water per day.

Biwater provided a complete turnkey design, and supplied and commissioned all process, mechanical, electrical and control components for the project.

“With our global Center of Excellence for Desalination and Membrane Treatment in California, it has been a pleasure to support this progressive local demonstration project, which has the potential to reduce Padre Dam’s dependence on imported water from the Colorado River and Delta Bay hundreds of miles away,” said Richard White, Senior Vice President of Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector said.

Present at grand opening were a number of key representatives from across the State. Special State and Congressional proclamations were delivered by Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Scott Peters, as well as staff representing State Senator Joel Anderson.

View project video about the project
 

 

 

Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector Changes its Trading Name from ‘Biwater AEWT Inc.’ to ‘Biwater Inc.’


California, USA – 24 March 2015: This month, Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector announces a change to its trading name, providing a more cohesive brand identity in line with the Group’s other trading entities around the globe. As such, ‘Biwater AEWT Inc.’ has been shortened to ‘Biwater Inc.’ and this change will be included in new project documentation and marketing materials moving forward.

“We are pleased to announce this name change to Biwater Inc., which will allow for easier brand recognition across the markets in which we operate,” said Jorg Menningmann, President of Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector, Biwater Inc. 

Over the last 30 years, Biwater have become a significant player in the application of advanced membrane treatment technologies helping clients in their quest to solve pressing water issues. Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector has a successful record of accomplishment across North America and in numerous international markets, where advanced membrane water treatment technologies are a prime focus for new investments in infrastructure. Today, Biwater has one of the largest installed municipal membrane treatment capacities in the world.

Highlighting the Sector’s approach and future direction, Mr. Menningmann added, “Technical precision and expedient execution are operating fundamentals that deliver results for our clients. We further strengthen our position as a premier membrane solutions provider with our strategic approach of enhancing our core desalination activities with complementary advanced treatment technologies to provide new sources of water from wastewater. These reuse systems expand the water resource options for many water-stressed communities, and in some situations is the primary option to provide for the next generation."
 

 

 

A Spotlight on Water for World Water Day: New Water Supply Project in Texas Taking Shape


Biwater is Providing a Leading Edge Desalination Solution that Support’s San Antonio’s Long-term Water Supply Management Strategy

California, USA – 22 March 2015: Biwater has been selected as the premier membrane solutions provider for a new brackish desalination program in Southern Bexar County, San Antonio, Texas. Since project award, the team have been finalising designs and preparing for system manufacture, delivery and commissioning.
 
Background: The South Central Regional Planning Group has identified brackish groundwater as a supply management strategy to meet the county’s water needs over the next 50 years. Brackish water is plentiful in the area and is a previously untapped local source of water. The Texas Water Development Board has confirmed that a vast supply of brackish groundwater – water too salty to drink – exists in the region and has yet to be developed.

To expand its water supply portfolio over the next 11 years the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) will deliver a phased program that will provide the county with over 30 million gallons per day (MGD (US)) of additional drinking water production capacity. The new brackish desalination plants will greatly reduce the population’s dependance on a primary drinking water aquifer, which will be able to recover naturally over time.

Phases: The Phase I facility will generate approximately 12 MGD from the Wilcox Aquifer and will be located at the existing SAWS Twin Oaks Aquifer Storage and Recovery Site. Thereafter, SAWS will complete Phases II and III, in 2021 and 2026 respectively, to bring the total capacity of the new facilities to over 30 MGD.

“This project award builds on our prior accomplishments in Texas. Our membrane technology expertise will be instrumental in ensuring that the first phase of this project delivers results ahead of SAWS embarking on latter project phases over the next 11 years,” said Jorg Menningmann, President, Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector.

The Phase I facility will produce 12 MGD of finished water from 2 MGD of filtered well water blended with 10 MGD of reverse osmosis (RO) permeate water. The plant will accomplish 90 percent recovery by the inclusion of four 2.22 MGD primary RO trains and two 0.56 MGD secondary concentrator RO trains. Raw water will come from a combination of wells between 1,200 and 1,800 feet deep and the quality is expected between 1,300 and 1,500 parts per million (ppm) total dissolved solids (TDS). Brine disposal is via ‘Class 1’ injection wells. Finished water quality will meet all federal and local drinking water standards.

Entities involved in Phase I: For this initial phase, the Project Manager is Black and Veatch, the process Design Engineer is Tetra Tech, the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) is Zachry-Parsons and the Mechanical Contractor is Dynamic System Inc. Biwater was selected as the Reverse Osmosis System Supplier for the project and will be responsible for the RO trains, design of ancillary equipment as well as the RO system operation philosophy.
 

 

 

Seawater Desalination Plant Commissioning is a Key Milestone for Island Nation ahead of the New Year

Tortola, BVI – 30 December 2014: Following commissioning and acceptance testing of Biwater’s 10,450m3/day award-winning seawater desalination plant on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, residents and businesses have welcomed a 24 hour drinking water supply reaching all corners of the island nation.

When the plant began operating last month, the general public confirmed both a good pressure and quality of water reaching them continuously, vastly improving their access to drinking water.

Sabbath Hill, being one of the highest points on Tortola, is ideally located to be able to gravitate potable water from water storage tanks directly into the extensive distribution system. As part of Biwater’s scope of work, the company refurbished an existing 500,000 gallon storage tank and constructed a new tank of similar size, doubling storage capacity and enabling water distribution to extend to areas of the island that had never received a permanent piped supply before. 

This island-wide improvement scheme helps to meet Tortola’s water treatment capacity requirements inline with the Government’s long-term water and sewage master plan. In addition to benefiting local residents and businesses, the new plant supports the Government in meeting the growing demand of its tourist industry, which will see larger cruise ships dock on the island once phase one of the new ‘Cruise Pier Project’ is complete in 2015. This will allow the Government to supply water to vessels that dock in Tortola to replenish their water storage levels, whilst visitors spend time exploring the British Virgin Islands by land and sea on popular day trips.

“The completion of this new seawater desalination plant is a key milestone for the British Virgin Islands, as it will greatly benefit the local community for generations to come by providing a reliable supply of drinking water year-round.

“It is also a great accomplishment for Biwater and the local contractors who helped to deliver this state-of-the-art seawater reverse osmosis plant,” said Richard Smith, Director for the Americas, Biwater International Limited. 

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View overlooking the reverse osmosis hall, chemical building and carbon dioxide tank

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Reverse osmosis hall  

Following the commissioning of this seawater reverse osmosis plant, Biwater will continue to operate and maintain the facility over a 16 year period as a part of its obligations under its Water Purchase Agreement, Build Own Operate Transfer (BOOT) contract with the Government of the Virgin Islands.

In 2015, Biwater is also due to complete two package wastewater treatment plants, ‘BiCOMs’, which will provide a quick and scalable wastewater solution for Tortola.

The project has benefited from a successful project finance package, which saw Biwater inject equity into the project at an early stage to get works underway, and a latter USD 43 million deal with Barclays in 2013. The deal included a 100 percent guarantee from ECGD, the UK’s Export Credit Agency.

At the 2014 Global Water Awards, the project was recognised by Global Water Intelligence, saying it demonstrated ‘inspired financing for an inspired contract’ under the Desalination Deal of the Year Award category.
 


 

 

Combating California’s Drought with energy efficient technologies

Biwater and NeoTech Aqua work together to bring long-term energy savings to Californian District 

California, USA – 8 December 2014:
As the United States forecast a surge in energy demand and consumption over the winter period, Biwater and NeoTech Aqua team up to highlight their energy-saving work in California, centred on a new and innovative water reuse demonstration project with the Padre Dam Municipal Water District.

Typically, year-on-year trends show that energy demand and consumption peak twice across the country during any one year, from December to February and June to September. This year’s forecast for December sees the United States set to consume 10,505 mkWh/day, with consumption increasing to 11,165 mkWh/day and 11,233 mkWh/day over subsequent months1.

Residential, industrial and commercial entities are large consumers of electricity, be it via electric power producers or on-site generation. With an average annual increase in total electrical consumption of 0.9 percent, it is estimated that the country’s overall consumption will rise from the 3,826 bkWh recorded in 2012, to as much as 4,954 bkWh in 20402.

Having broken ground on the Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project, the Padre Dam Municipal Water District have made a firm commitment to harness the latest energy saving technologies to keep future energy consumption requirements to a minimum. Their approach is helping to address a pressing need to find a new source of water to combat ongoing droughts, while also ensuring low operational costs (OPEX) to bring long-term savings to the district if the facility is scaled up following its year-long demonstration period.

The plant will leverage state-of-the-art ultraviolet (UV) technologies for a safe, reliable, drought-proof and environmentally sound solution to the region’s water woes. According to Richard White, Senior Vice President of Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector, “The use of NeoTech Aqua Solutions’ newly validated UV technology is a perfect example of how Biwater continues to provide the most advanced water treatment technologies available. We are leveraging the latest in UV technology, providing our clients with the smallest possible footprint, the lowest possible energy consumption and the highest level of reliability.” 

A key element in the Padre Dam Advanced Water Purification Project is its Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) which utilises NeoTech Aqua’s high-efficiency UV technology in conjunction with hydrogen peroxide to destroy contaminants. NeoTech Aqua Solutions’ UV technology includes a patented chamber that reflects more than 99 percent of UV, as compared to approximately 23 percent for conventional systems.

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Official ground breaking event, which highlighted all aspects of the project,
including the energy efficient technologies being used    


According to Stephen Dunham, NeoTech Aqua’s President, “By reflecting nearly every generated UV photon back into the treated water, fewer lamps are required, translating to substantially less power consumption, less equipment footprint and less maintenance for the UV system. The economic, operational and reliability advantages of NeoTech Aqua’s UV offering are game-changing.”

The Western United States is suffering one of the most severe droughts in decades and after multiple declared emergencies by California Governor Jerry Brown, water agencies are aggressively seeking solutions. According to Allen Carlisle, Padre Dam’s CEO and General Manager, “With the current drought situation and Padre Dam being 100 percent dependent on imported water, it is extremely important that we find a way for East County to diversify its water supply. I am confident and hopeful that the demonstration plant will be successful.”

In addition to NeoTech Aqua’s UV technology, Biwater is installing the latest ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis units, including the programmable logic controller (PLC) and plant instrumentation to support the project’s daily testing requirements.

Biwater and NeoTech Aqua Solutions are working in conjunction with engineering firms Trussell Technologies, Kennedy/Jenks, and Brown & Caldwell on the project.

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Key project visual highlighting the need to drought proof the district

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2Electricity generation, AEO2014 early release overview, U.S. Energy Information Administration

 

 

 

A first for Morocco: Trickling Filters Incorporated into Newly Commissioned Wastewater Treatment Works

Rabat, Morocco – 3 November 2014: Providing a better environmental effluent discharge and improving odour control, Morocco is now benefiting from the use of trickling filters at the newly commissioned Khenifra Wastewater Treatment Works.

“Biwater have been a part of many ‘firsts’ across the region, and indeed across the world. This first is signficiant for Morocco, as it signals a shift towards heightened environmental awareness.

“The incorporation of trickling filters into the design process at the wastewater treatment works in Khenifra, will ensure that the effluent being discharged meets higher wastewater treatment quality standards, while also improving odour conditions in and around the plant,” said Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa, Biwater International Limited.

Prior to the adoption of trickling filters, facultative and maturation lagoons were used ahead of discharge of the effluent into the watercourse.

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Initial construction works commencing

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Equipment installation

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Completion of equipment installation ahead of commissioning

The treatment process at the Khenifra Wastewater Treatment Works from start to finish includes: Initial clarification of the influent by settling and sedimentation within Imhoff tanks, biological treatment via trickling filters and secondary settling, followed by drying beds for sludge dewatering.

“We are delighted that these works are complete, as they will benefit everyone in Khenifra for years to come. The treatment process being adhered to will ensure that ground water and surface water are free from contaminants,” said Naoum Abdellatif, Manager of South Sewage Division of Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable – Branche Eau (ONEE).

The new wastewater treatment works will serve a population in excess of 150,000 in the city of Khenifra. Biwater will operate and maintain the plant for ONEE for two years.

 

 

Advanced Water Treatment Plant Project to Explore New Source of Water

Biwater to provide indirect potable reuse solution for Padre Dam Municipal Water District in California

California, USA - 9 October 2014: In an effort to diversify its water supply, while also reducing its dependency on imported water, Padre Dam Municipal Water District is embarking on an advanced water treatment plant project to explore a new source of water in Santee, California.

A demonstration project – funded by a grant – will result in the construction and installation of an indirect potable reuse facility, utilising advanced water purification technologies. The treatment process will include: chlorine disinfection, coagulation, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis and advanced oxidation (as outlined in the diagram below).

Padre DamProcess Diagram

Biwater will provide a complete turnkey design, and supply and commission all process, mechanical, electrical and control components for the plant.

The project is  to include: Field pumps, a chlorine contactor, chemical dosing systems, ultrafiltration system, reverse osmosis system, advanced oxidation process system (using ultraviolet light (UV) and oxidation), programmable logic controller (PLC) and instrumentation, motor control centres and electrical panels.

Biwater was chosen for its ability to supply a fully integrated system on a fast-track delivery.

The new facility will treat secondary effluent from a wastewater treatment plant in the District, and the treated water will be used for demonstration and testing purposes, to ensure it meets or exceeds the California Public Health Department’s draft regulations.

“This innovative project will see the Padre Dam District set new benchmarks for water reuse, and enable it to create a reliable source of water, underpinning East San Diego County’s economy and future prosperity,” said Jorg Menningmann, President, Biwater Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector.

Following commissioning, the demonstration project will run for a period of one year. In parallel, studies will continue to assess the capacity of Santee basin aquifer and the feasibility of extending the project beyond the demonstration and testing period, to serve a larger customer base in California.

After the testing period, the District hopes to be able to expand the facility, to construct a full-scale plant to provide up to 10 million gallons per day (US) of treated water with indirect potable reuse potential. With the necessary approvals to proceed, treated water would be injected into the local groundwater basin. It would undergo natural filtration, be withdrawn, treated again, and then distributed as potable water to customers.
 


 

Ahead of Commissioning the BVI Minister of Communications and Works Tours Paraquita Bay Desalination Plant

Tortola, BVI - 19 August 2014: Observing the progress of works at Biwater’s Desalination Plant in Paraquita Bay in the British Virgin Islands, Hon. Mark Vanterpool, BVI Minister of Communications and Works, toured the facility with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Anthony McMaster.

Leading the tour, Richard Smith, Director for the Americas, Biwater International Limited, said, “It was a pleasure to lead a tour of the desalination plant for Hon. Mark Vanterpool and his staff as we near commissioning; we discussed key elements of the works and were able to demonstrate the excellent progress that has been made to date. The visit also gave the Minister the opportunity to meet with some of the local contractors involved with the project.”

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Hon. Mark Vanterpool, BVI Minister of
Communications and Works on-site at the
Biwater Desalination Plant in Paraquita Bay

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Seawater reverse osmosis trains, which
incorporate energy recovery units to keep
operation (OPEX) costs down


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The view of Road Town, the capital of Tortola,
from the Biwater water storage tanks on
Sabbath Hill


Once commissioned, the seawater desalination facility will generate 10,400 m3/day of treated water serving residents, tourists, cruise ships and industries on the island of Tortola, the largest and most populated island of the British Virgin Islands.

Last year, Biwater (BVI) Ltd. successfully completed a USD 43 million project financing with Barclays Bank for this project, which benefited from a 100 percent guarantee from ECGD, UK Export Credit Agency.

Alongside ensuring an adequate and reliable supply of drinking water year-round, Biwater is also constructing wastewater facilities on the island as part of the ‘British Virgin Islands Water and Sewage Improvement Scheme’.

The scheme was recognised by Global Water Intelligence in the 2014 Global Water Awards, saying it demonstrated ‘inspired financing for an inspired contract’ under the Desalination Deal of the Year category.
 


 

Biwater’s Package Water Treatment Plant ‘BiPAK’ to Benefit Urban Municipality of Solano, Philippines

Modular configuration and compact design is a winning combination for high population density area of Solano

Pasig City, Philippines - 18 August 2014: In the Philippines, Biwater have been awarded a project to design and construct a 10 million litres per day (MLD) water treatment plant for the district of Solano in the province of Nueva Vizcaya, which is located on the island of Luzon, north of Manila.

For the client, MacroAsia Corporation, Biwater’s successful package water treatment plant – ‘BiPAK’ – will deliver World Health Organisation (WHO) quality drinking water and serve an urban population of over 60,000.

The benefits of the BiPAK package water treatment plant include:
• Modular configuration
• Easily scalable
• Robust and efficient process
• Reduced construction costs (CAPEX)
• Reduced operating costs (OPEX)  

Commenting on the award of this contract and the BiPAK design, Mr. Louis Katada of MacroAsia Corporation said, “We are delighted with Biwater’s overall design, along with the low capital and operating costs of the facility, which will be constructed in the coming months to deliver water to the local community in record time.”

This project is part of an effort to provide potable water to the entire population of Solano for the first time, to sustain its continued development. Although there is a water source from the Magat River – the largest tributary of the Cagayan River – there is no existing water treatment and distribution system to provide for the 60,000 local residents and businesses with a readily available and quality supply of potable water.

Solano is one of the oldest municipalities in the Philippines and was founded in the 1760’s. Since that time, it has become the central business district in Nueva Vizcaya.

 

 

Biwater completes fast-track delivery of three million gallon per day reverse osmosis system to Jacksonville, North Carolina

California, USA - 3 July 2014: Earlier this year, Biwater started engineering and fabrication work to support Dixon Water Treatment Plant improvement works being carried out by Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) near the city of Jacksonville, North Carolina in the United States. This month, Biwater Engineers completed on a fast-track basis, the delivery of a custom three million gallon per day (MGD (US)) reverse osmosis plant, inclusive of pre-treatment cartridge filtration, chemical dosing, membrane cleaning system, plant instrumentation, remote IO stations, PLC and SCADA. 

With this speedy delivery, residents in Jacksonville will soon be benefiting from increased potable water production capacity, combined with specialized treatment and removal of silica and organics from the influent. The advanced system will treat unusable brackish well water and provide drinking water meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

The custom reverse osmosis trains and accompanying equipment for this project were designed and assembled in Biwater’s factory in California, tested and then shipped semi-assembled to site, which aided the overall speed of delivery and subsequent supervision of installation.

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Jerry Orlanes, Field Service Specialist, testing
equipment before shipping semi-assembled


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Reverse osmosis trains being delivered to site

“Biwater’s dedicated team of Engineers have worked seamlessly to pre-fabricate and prepare the reverse osmosis system for a fast-track delivery to site. It is a pleasure to oversee the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into designing and executing such a project, which provides immediate benefits to the local population being served,” said Jorg Menningmann, President of Biwater’s Membrane Treatment and Desalination Sector.

Contracted under T.A. Loving Company to deliver an appropriate technological solution to increase capacity and improve water quality, Biwater look forward to successfully commissioning the facility in the coming months.

Kimley-Horn is ONWASA’s Design Engineer on the project.

 

 

Paul Stevens joins Biwater as Chief Financial Officer

Surrey, UK - 4 June 2014: Biwater, the UK-based engineering, water and wastewater business, is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Stevens, FCCA, as Chief Financial Officer.

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Paul Stevens, Chief Financial Officer,
Biwater Group

Mr. Stevens will be responsible for all aspects of the Group’s financial management. He will be overseeing the company’s growth and development, as it continues to strengthen its longstanding client relationships in over 30 countries across the globe, whilst also conducting business in new territories worldwide.

“We are pleased to welcome Paul to Biwater, and view his appointment as a positive step for our company and shareholders alike,” said, Adrian White, Executive Chairman, Biwater International Limited.

“Paul brings almost 20 years of financial leadership and operating experience to Biwater; I am confident that this experience, along with his solid track record, will support our expansion into new markets and efforts to broaden our core capabilities,” Mr. White added. 

Mr. Stevens joins the Group as a seasoned finance professional, with vast experience working for multinationals in the construction, energy and utilities industries. Most recently, Mr. Stevens was the Company Finance Director and Company Secretary for Dalkia Plc., the Global Energy and Outsourced Services Division of Veolia Environment.


 

Moroccan Tourist Destination Awards Water Reuse Project to Biwater

Rabat, Morocco - 29 May 2014: Biwater has been awarded a turn-key project to design and construct a new wastewater treatment plant in the city of Aourir, a tourist destination positioned centrally along Morocco’s extensive coastline.

This project is part of the country’s efforts to invest in reuse solutions, which harness wastewater for subsequent applications. In this instance, feedwater will undergo pre-treatment, biological treatment, tertiary treatment including disinfection, and sludge dewatering by solar drying. The resultant water will be used to irrigate the grounds of nearby golf courses and hotels.

Commenting on the project, Sahraoui Abdellah responsible for Studies and Investments in Service Management of Water and Sanitation (RAMSA) in Greater Agadir, said, “Reuse water is a priority for us as we consider how we can better serve the people and protect the environment in the region of Souss, including its excellent beach resorts. This project will use the latest technologies and treatment processes to meet our needs for wastewater treatment; it also provides a solution to reuse treated water for watering golf courses in the resort town of Taghazout."

This reuse system will serve over 60,000 local residents, while also providing for the bounty of tourists who flock to the city annually. A part of the district of Agadir, the city of Aourir is one of largest tourist destinations in the country. The city owes its charm to its authenticity, its green valleys, and spectacular waves. The waves alone have attracted surfers from all over the world to Aourir’s popular ‘banana beach’ since the sixties.

“After the successful commissioning of a similar project in Tamuda Bay in the north of Morocco, we look forward to delivering a turn-key solution to the city of Aourir, which will provide immediate results, demonstrating the need for sustainable solutions that focus on reuse nationwide,” remarked Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa, Biwater International Limited.

Mr. Jackson added, “In water-stressed regions, it is becoming evermore import to consider the requirement for reuse. It’s an issue that’s not going away, so we are supporting our clients in designing sustainable and appropriate technologies that will stand the test of time, here in Morocco and across the world.”


 

Nigeria’s President Reveals Official Commissioning Plaque and Tours Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant


Abuja, Nigeria - 16 April 2014: President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, officially commissioned the 480 million litres per day (MLD) ‘Phases 3 & 4’ Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant this month, together with a number of high ranking Nigerian officials.

During the commissioning, His Excellency gave a speech highlighting the success of the project, commending the achievements of all those involved. Thereafter, he unveiling a marble plaque commemorating the occasion and went on to tour the new works with Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa, Biwater International.

“It was a honour to lead a tour of the facilities for His Excellency, who showed a real interest in the workings of the plant and its capacity to provide substantial additional potable water for the local population,” said Mr. Jackson.

He added, “A high level visit of this kind, which recognises the hard work of those involved and the success of the project is a great win for us, but an even greater win for the people of Abuja, who are able to benefit from the drinking water provisions that this facility provides.”


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His Excellency, Dr.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan addressing guests at the official commissioning

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His Excellency, Dr.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
conducting the official ribbon cutting, which was
followed by the revealing of a marble plaque
commemorating the occassion


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Biwater's Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa
and David Thorpe, Managing Director for Nigeria
and Ghana, providing a technical presentation
and tour for the President

Also in attendance at the event, were a number of high ranking officials, including: Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, Honourable Minister, Federal Capital Territory; Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, Honourable Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory; Engr. John O. Chukwu, Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Authority; and Engr. Adamu Ismaila, Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority.

At the same time as this event was taking place in Nigeria, the 2014 Global Water Summit was coming to a close in France. As a part of the Summit, ‘Phases 3 & 4’ Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant was Highly Commended as a world-class facility in the 2014 Global Water Awards in the ‘Water Treatment Plant of the Year’ category. This news was received well by His Excellency Dr.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and all those touring the facility during the official visit.


 

Biwater Receives Innovation-Design Award from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) for Export Success in the Americas

California, USA - 14 April 2014: Biwater continues to go from strength-to-strength in the the Americas, and was recognised for its export success and commitment to the region at a gala event held by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the British Consulate-General Miami, Florida.

Jorg Menningmann, President of Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector, collected the Innovation-Design Award on behalf of the Group in Florida.
Commenting on the gala event and Innovation-Design Award received, Mr. Menningmann said, “Biwater has excelled in the Americas, and with recent successes including the commissioning of a reverse osmosis facility in Sunrise, Florida, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment to providing membrane water and wastewater treatment solutions for communities and industry, whether it be in Florida or across the globe.”

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Award recipients at the gala event that launched Brit Week Miami; Jorg Menningmann,
President of Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector, pictured fourth from
the left with Biwater’s Innovation-Design Award


The red carpet event recognised the success of Biritsh companies in the Americas and represented the official launch of the second ‘Brit Week Miami’, which provided a week-long programme of events celebrating the UK’s economic and cultral relationship in Florida.

The evening drew over 150 business, political and civic leaders together, who have collectively contributed to the state of Florida, the wider country and the region.


 

Addendum for pumping stations signed in Managua, Nicaragua


Managua, Micaragua - 4 April 2014: Having designed and constructed a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Managua, Nicaragua, Biwater are operating and maintaining the facility. The Group recently signed an addendum to the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract with the Nicaraguan Water and Sewage Authority (ENACAL), which expands the original contract scope to include O&M for six raw sewage water pumping stations along the main collector pipeline. 

The signing of this addendum demonstrates the commitment of ENACAL and the German Development Bank (KfW), who along with Biwater, are focussed on ensuring a steady supply of raw sewage to the plant and efficient operations.

Commenting on the signing, Javier Nuñez, Managua Plant Manager, Biwater International, said, “The expansion of the scope of our existing O&M contract is a testament to the award-winning work we have carried out to date and our strong relationship with the client. We will continue to improve efficiencies during the course of the contract, further developing wastewater infrastructure provisions for Nicaragua’s capital city and its population of over one million.”


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Aerial view of the Managua wastewater treatment plant,        Close-up of lamella sediment tanks in the foreground,
adjacent to lake Managua 
                                                   biological trickling filters behind

In further highlighting the success of this project to date, ENCAL and the World Bank recently organised a visit for Vietnamese delegates. Biwater was honoured to support the visit and provide a detailed technical presentation to showcase the implementation of Biwater’s technical solutions and the economic advantages of the treatment processes at work, which include the largest sludge drying facility in the Americas.

“It was a pleasure to meet World Bank officials and visiting Vietnamese delegates to discuss the considerations that went into designing and building a facility that would dramatically improve the condition of neighbouring Lake Managua. The results are already evident after only a few years of operation, with the reduction in the pollution of the lake resulting in a healthy increase in the development of lakeside property and public recreation areas,” said Mr. Nuñez.


Mr. Nuñez added, “As we continue to operate and maintain the plant under our extended contract, we welcome visits such as this that seek to support knowledge transfer across borders, and indeed continents! It is our hope that the Vietnamese delegates took away insights into the workings of the Managua wastewater treatment plant, which will support their wastewater treatment activities moving forward.”


 

Biwater appoints Jorg Menningmann as President of Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector

California, USA - 10 March 2014: Jorg Menningman joins Biwater’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector as President and spends his first day on the job with the team at the 2014 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, which is commencing in Las Vegas today.


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Jorg Menningmann, President of Biwater's Desalination
and Membrane Treatment Sector

With over 30 years of experience in all aspects of water treatment, specialising in membrane and filtration applications, Mr. Menningmann is well placed to continue to develop the Group’s Desalination and Membrane Treatment Sector worldwide.

Having spent considerable time on large-scale projects in the Middle East, among other regions, Mr. Menningmann understands the need to develop appropriate technological and financial solutions to help nations address their most pressing water related challenges.

“Jorg Menningman will be an asset to the Group’s desalination and membrane activities, overseeing the roll-out of new membrane applications in the US and abroad. His experience and practical hands-on approach will deliver results in line with Biwater’s international reputation for commissioning projects that are life changing for the individuals and communities that they positively impact,” said Adrian White, Executive Chairman, Biwater International.


 

Reverse osmosis facility commissioned by Biwater in the city of Sunrise, Florida

California, USA - 11 February 2014: Biwater have successfully completed the acceptance testing of a 1.5 million gallons per day (MGD (US)) reverse osmosis (RO) system at the Springtree Water Treatment Plant located in Sunrise, Florida in the United States.

The facility, which is up and running, is assisting the city in meeting its alternative water supply requirements.

Biwater designed the two-stage system, which incorporates an interstage recovery system. The energy recovery system includes a novel manipulated valve control system that was developed by Biwater together with Fluid Equipment Development Company (FEDCO).

The project was performed directly under contract with the city of Sunrise. Carollo Engineers served as the owner’s engineer.

Richard White, Senior Vice President, Biwater AEWT, said, “Having been involved in this project from the beginning, through to commissioning, it has been a pleasure to work with the City of Sunrise and Carollo Engineers to successfully complete this project, bringing Biwater's installed treatment capacity in the City of Sunrise to 19.5 MGD (US) / 74,000 m3/day”.

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Cartridge filter (left) and RO feed pump (right)      

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RO trains 1 and 2

RO system technical summary:
• 1.5 MGD (US) of potable water produced at permeate water recoveries of up to 80 percent
• The feed water total dissolved solids (TDS) is recorded at approximately 3,000 mg/l, coming from a repurposed existing aquifer storage recovery (ASR) well


 

Wastewater Treatment Contract Awarded to Biwater in the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

Algiers, Algeria - 3 February 2014: Biwater has secured a contract in Constantine, in Northeastern Algeria, which will provide the province with a wastewater treatment plant serving over 100,000 residents in the ‘City of Bridges’.

This achievement comes after the Group was awarded a ductile iron pipe contract last November, supporting efforts to improve supplies of potable water to Setif City, which is in close proximity to Constantine.

In Constantine, Biwater will commence works in July on the new wastewater treatment plant, which will incorporate pre-treatment, low speed aerators, clarifiers and sludge dewatering by belt filters.

“This conventional wastewater treatment facility will serve our client Wilaya of Constantine, and the city’s residents for years to come. We look forward to commencing the project and delivering these vital works,” said Mohammed Allouani, General Manager for Biwater in Algiers.

Mr. Allouani added, “Working extensively in the region, and in Algeria itself, we continue to deliver on successful water infrastructure projects. Our works in Constantine go hand-in-hand with similar wastewater treatment works which we are currently handling, mainly in Zéralda, Ain-Oulmene and Salah Bey in Algeria.”


 

On the Agenda at the European Parliament: Water and Energy as Instruments for Peace

Surrey, UK - 31 January 2014: Biwater’s Executive Chairman, Mr. Adrian White, presented on the topic of water and energy as instruments for peace at the European Parliament on 28 January. Discussing the ‘shared problems’ and ‘shared solutions’ nations are facing, Mr. White’s presentation resonated with the key decision makers and delegates in attendance.

On the topic of cooperation across borders, Mr. White highlighted the need for countries to tackle their shared problems – of energy shortfalls, water scarcity, non-revenue water losses and pollution of raw water sources – by working together on new initiatives.

“When it comes to large-scale projects, if neighboring countries with shared interests in water and energy resources take a collaborative approach, they can share the ownership, share the debt and share the risk associated with a project, thereby avoiding unnecessary conflicts. In taking a shared responsibility for the environment, all parties can benefit,” said Mr. White.

“One man’s water or electricity supply can be another man’s agricultural drought,” Mr. White added, emphasising the need for key decision makers to consider the immediate and long-term impacts of their water and energy infrastructure and strategies.

The conference was organised by the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ and co-chaired by Struan Stevenson MEP, Timothy Kirkhope MEP, and Cristina Gutiérrez Cortines MEP. More information about the event, including presentations and the list of participants are available here.


 

Christmas Comes Early to The Children’s Trust at Tadworth 

Biwater runs a gifts collection for children at local charity

Surrey, UK – 24 December 2013: Leading up to Christmas, Biwater employees initiated a collection of gifts for patients at The Children’s Trust at Tadworth and ran a raffle raising over £250 for the charity. The Trust works with children and young people from across the UK who have brain injuries, multiple disabilities and complex health needs.

Throughout December, employees at Biwater House brought in gifts for children of all ages to place under the company’s Christmas tree displayed in reception. These gifts were presented to staff at the Trust in Tadworth to provide presents for the children to open on Christmas Day.

“We are delighted to continue to support this local charity by providing gifts from our employees this Christmas. It is our hope that the children, their families and staff at the Trust enjoy the festive season and look forward to the year ahead,” said Adrian White, Executive Chairman, Biwater.

Adrian White, is a former Chairman of the Trust, alongside many other charitable organisations and causes.


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Biwater employee, Sharon Chisholm, presents staff at
The Children’s Trust at Tadworth with Christmas
presents collected by employees at Biwater House


 

Biwater Awarded North Carolina Reverse Osmosis Project   

California, USA – 11 December 2013: Biwater has been awarded a reverse osmosis (RO) contract in North Carolina, United States, by T.A. Loving Company to support Dixon Water Treatment Plant improvement works being carried out by Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) in the city of Jacksonville.

Biwater’s RO system will increase Dixon Water Treatment Plant’s potable water production capacity, and comply with new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards, removing silica and organics from the influent.

This design, manufacture, supervise and commission contract will see Biwater delivering three one million gallons per day (MGD(US)) RO trains; as well as providing appropriate chemical dosing systems, pre-treatment cartridge filtration, plant instrumentation, PLC, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and Remote IO stations.

Commenting on this contract award, Richard Smith, Director for the Americas, Biwater International, and President, Biwater AEWT, said, “With the largest installed municipal membrane treatment capacity in North America, Biwater continues to lead the way. We continually ensure that the latest technology is incorporated in our designs and environmental standards are adhered to, and where possible, exceeded.”


 

Biwater Awarded pipes contract in the people's democratic republic of Algeria  

Algiers, Algeria – 20 November 2013: Biwater will supply 600mm diameter ductile iron pipe and fittings for use in transporting potable water to Setif City in Northeastern Algeria, as a part of the Setif Water Supply Project. Biwater will complete delivery to the client, Kanaghaz National Company of Pipelines Construction, by the start of next year.

The ductile iron pipe that has been selected for this project is 40 and 50 bar, allowing high-pressure potable water to flow throughout the network. In addition, it meets the required international standards of ISO2531. The pipes are high furnace cement lined 200g/m2 and zinc and bitumen externally coated.

Commenting on this award, Mohammed Allouani, General Manager for Biwater in Algiers, said, “Once our pipes are in place, connecting the spring source and Setif, the extensive network will ensure improved supplies of water to Setif City and its population of over 300,000 inhabitants.”

Globally, Biwater handles large-scale water and wastewater treatment plants, including desalination facilities. Complementing these key sectors, the company has a long history of providing products and package plants to clients around the world, enabling the construction of thousands of world-class facilities, to British engineering standards.


 

The Key to the Export Puzzle: Project Finance

Biwater’s Chairman discusses the company’s ability to finance large-scale water and wastewater projects at the Reform Major Policy Conference

Surrey, UK – 15 November 2013: At the Reform Major Policy Conference in London this week, Biwater’s Executive Chairman, Mr. Adrian White, presented on ‘Delivering Export Success’ at a dedicated panel discussion to launch the event.

Mr. White provided examples of Biwater’s ability to finance large-scale water and wastewater infrastructure projects, highlighting success stories from across the globe – from Chile to China – whereby 50 percent of goods and services were subcontracted or purchased from SMEs.

“The key to export success for Biwater has been project finance. It is one thing to be able to design, build and operate world-class facilities, but if the works can’t be funded, they never reach fruition. That is where Biwater comes in, with innovative funding methods and excellent relationships with lending institutions and export credit agencies,” said Mr. White.

Mr. White went on to highlight that projects from large contractors, such as Biwater, can present small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with opportunities for export growth; SMEs can ‘piggyback’ on large international projects – for instance, the construction of water treatment plants, schools, hospitals, toll roads, power stations, etcetera – and use them as a launch pad to conduct business abroad. The UK Government and its UK Export Finance (UKEF) department are keen to support and encourage this approach.

Outlining the ways in which SMEs can grow their exports and ensure financial success abroad, Mr. White discussed the merits of offering project finance. He noted four profit centres in a financed project:
• A finance fee for arranging 80% debt funding
• Profit on the construction contract
• Profit from operation and maintenance (20-30 years)
• Dividends from the 20% equity funded portion


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Reform Major Policy Conference panel discussion participants, with Biwater Chairman, Mr. Adrian White, pictured far right
 

Panelists:
• Adrian White, Executive Chairman, Biwater
• Nigel Hastilow, Director of Enterprise, ICAEW
• Jeff Hayward, Director, Wildwood PR
• Simon Nicholson, Head of International Trade, Barclays
• Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, The Guardian

The session, ‘Delivering Export Success’, coincided with the UKTI’s Export Week (11 – 15 November 2013), aimed at encouraging businesses to start exporting, or increase their exports.
 
As a result of its successful exporting activities to date, Biwater has gained recognition for its innovative approaches, and has been the recipient of the Queens Award to Industry for export achievement five times.


 

Biwater’s Chairman Outlines Ways in Which Indonesia Can Overcome the Infrastructure Gap 

Surrey, UK – 08 November 2013: Posing a number of thought provoking questions at a Financial Times Live panel discussion, during the Indonesian Investment Summit yesterday, Shawn Donnan, World Trade Editor, Financial Times, sought to address both the challenges and opportunities involved in overcoming the infrastructure gap in Indonesia.

During the discussion, which was being streamed live online, Biwater’s Executive Chairman, Mr. Adrian White, discussed the company’s successful record of accomplishment in Indonesia, and in the region more broadly, while providing suggestions for stimulating a climate receptive to inward investment and growth.

“Foreign direct investment is key to ensuring that large-scale infrastructure projects take shape and have an impact country-wide,” said Mr. Adrian White.

“When it comes to vital infrastructure developments, such as those that aim to improve water and wastewater treatment provisions, innovative solutions are required to complete works on time and on budget. Globally, there is a drive for improved governance and transparency, which we fully support. However, my concern is that the resulting delay to take action to implement vital infrastructure projects results in an increased number of the population dying from dehydration and disease.”

Highlighting the benefits of rapid implementation, Mr. White went on to explain that the United Kingdom runs five year Government programmes through ‘framework agreements’ with qualified, experienced and combined groups of consultants and contractors using ‘open book’ accounting. The result is that there is transparency through accounting practices, and works are completed within the designated timeframes.

Commenting on the session remotely, Mr. Bashir Bajwa, Technology Director, remarked, “Our Engineers in Biwater’s Headquarters in the UK were able to listen to the panel discussion in Indonesia via the live stream on the Financial Times Live website. Our colleagues in Biwater offices worldwide did the same! From afar, the discussion was informative and very constructive; it enabled us to hear our Chairman telling the delegates about ‘fast track’ methods used by Biwater in the Far East region over the past 35 years. He illustrated our company’s ability to not only utilise the latest technology, but to provide unique investment and financed solutions.”

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Indonesian Investment Summit banner, Biwater Chairman, Mr. Adrian White pictured to the right

As a part of this Summit held in Jakarta, the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) gathered around 300 senior decision-makers, including officials from the Indonesian Government, local business leaders and key representatives of the international investment community, for focused discussions centered on improving infrastructure, while also continuing to enhance standards of governance. Three sessions – including the ‘Overcoming the Infrastructure Gap’ panel discussion that Mr. White participated in – were selected for live streaming.


 

Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Trainees Visit Biwater’s UK Headquarters

Surrey, UK – 23 October 2013: At Biwater’s UK Headquarters, Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) trainees enthusiastically discussed inward investment opportunities with the Biwater Team yesterday.

Focused on boosting domestic and foreign direct investment, BKPM trainees spoke about their varied roles in the organisation and initiatives aimed at driving future growth and development in Indonesia.

In turn, BKPM trainees learned about Biwater’s extensive water and wastewater projects across the world, including relevant regional projects such as:
  • Batam Island Water Supply Concession:
    Providing over one million island inhabitants, in a rapidly growing area, with potable water; reducing non-revenue water from 49 to 30 percent over the first 10 years of operation
  • Malaysian Rural Water Supply Scheme:
    A flagship scheme that incorporated 134 projects in one contract, providing the remaining 4.25 million rural inhabitants with piped treated water, across a 4,000 kilometre expanse
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 BKPM trainees from Indonesia visiting Biwater’s UK Headquarters, pictured with
 Mr. Alastair White, Business Development Director, and Trevor Nash, Business Development
 and Sustainability Manager

 
“Speaking with our Technology Directors and Project Finance experts, BKPM trainees gained a better understanding of Biwater’s current operations, our continual efforts to innovate across every area of our business and our plans for the future. It was a pleasure to host the trainees at our UK Headquarters and we look forward to working with them as they progress their careers with BKPM,” said Mr. Alastair White, Business Development Director, Biwater International.

Reflecting on the day, J.S. Meyer Siburian, Director for Indonesia Investment Coordinating Promotion Centre, said, “Our trainees were impressed with the 240 projects that Biwater has handled in the region, with eight sizable projects in Indonesia over the last 45 years. We were warmly welcomed during our UK visit and return to Indonesia enthused about future opportunities.”


 

Nigeria’s Capital Territory Benefits from Increased Potable  Water Supplies

Biwater Commissions Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant

Abuja, Nigeria – 2 October 2013:

Project:
Lower Usuma Dam Water Treatment Plant, Abuja, Nigeria

Scope of work: Design, supply, install, construct, test and commission, two 240 million litres per day (MLD) water treatment plants; increase potable water supplies to Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja and surrounding areas

Recorded successes:
• Design and simultaneous construction of two turnkey water treatment plants
• 480 MLD of potable water produced from the new plants
• International water quality standards exceeded

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Close-up image of the aerator on-site      

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The project site showing the new 'Phases 3 & 4' facilities  
 
Biwater has successfully commissioned two 240 MLD water treatment plants, serving Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, and surrounding districts. These water treatment plants, named ‘Phases 3 & 4’, have been constructed to provide additional capacity beyond the existing ‘Phases 1 & 2’ water treatment plants, which already have a combined capacity of 240 MLD.

“With our commissioning of ‘Phases 3 & 4’, Abuja will now benefit from a total of 720 MLD of treated potable water. The Federal Capital Territory Water Board, were delighted to see water flowing from the new works to the people of Abuja and the surrounding districts. The treatment plants are already demonstrating an immediate effect, alleviating water scarcity,” said Giles Jackson, Regional Director for Africa, Biwater International.

As noted by the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Senator Bala Muhammed earlier this year, the Territory’s population is expected to rise from five million to 10 million by 2018. The fruition of this project supports the Federal Capital Territory Water Board’s (FCTWB) efforts to improve water infrastructure and ensure that water treatment facilities provide for the Territory’s growing population.


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FCTWB employees who received operations training from Biwater


Ahead of the FCTWB taking over operations for the two water treatment plants, Biwater conducted training on-site to ensure vital knowledge was transferred and the handover of the plants’ operations was seamless.

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) technology systems are being utilised to operate the plant and allow for remote monitoring and adjustments.


 

Biwater Awarded Reverse Osmosis Project in California 


California, USA – 30 September 2013: Biwater has been awarded a desalination project in California, USA, involving the development of a desalter concentrate reduction facility for the Chino Basin Desalter Authority, working together with W.M. Lyles Co., who is the main contractor for the project.

As works commence on-site, Biwater engineers will design, supply and supervise the installation of three new reverse osmosis (RO) units, which will add 14 million litres per day (MLD) or 3.7 million gallons per day (MGD (US)) of water treatment capacity to the Authority’s existing facilities, serving surrounding urban areas.

The project involves the modification and expansion of the existing Chino II Desalter facilities, specifically treating concentrated brine from the existing primary RO system, with a new secondary RO system to be provided by Biwater. Pre-treatment ahead of the secondary RO trains will consist of pellet softening, solids contact clarification, granular media filtration, bag filtration and threshold inhibitor/acid addition. As a result, unwanted molecules and ions will be removed from the solution, reducing the concentrate discharge from the existing facility, and producing additional potable water that meets rigid quality standards set by the Authority.

“With our facility in San Dimas, California, we are just a short journey away from the project site. It is rewarding to both see and experience the results of Biwater’s work in the local community with this project taking place over the next two years,” said Richard White, Senior Vice President, Biwater AEWT. “Following a competitive bid process, we were delighted to secure this local project win and commence work immediately,” Mr. White added.



 

Biwater Gives Florida's Potable water supplies a boost

Top award from Design-Build Institute of America highlights success of project

California, USA – 5 September 2013:

Project: Water treatment plant expansion, Dania Beach, Florida, USA

Scope of work: Design and build of 2.0 million gallons per day (MGD) reverse osmosis and nanofiltration water treatment plant, which improves upon existing 3.0 MGD aging lime softening water treatment facility

Recorded successes:
• Innovative technology responds to variable water quality
• Flexibility in the system design maximizes recovery, running at up to 92 percent
• Significant improvements in water quality and colour achieved

Winners of the 2013 Design-Build Project Awards have been announced by the Design-Build Institute of America. Biwater has been recognised for its involvement with the 2.0 million gallons per day (MGD) reverse osmosis and nanofiltration water treatment plant expansion project carried out in Dania Beach, Florida. Under the ‘Water/Wastewater Projects’ category, the project was selected for the ‘National Design-Build Award’.

CDM Smith – a consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm – utilised Biwater’s technical expertise to design and build one of the most advanced membrane systems to date. “The success of this project was realised through the continued efforts of the Biwater team on the ground, working together with CDM Smith. In assessing the needs of Dania Beach, and supporting the city and the Design-Build team with its endeavours to balance and improve water quality for the growing local population, Biwater developed a staged treatment system with the flexibility to treat variable quality water sources,” said Richard White, Senior Vice President, Biwater AEWT. “We worked closely with CDM Smith as they progressed the project to complete it on a fast-track basis, delivering sound results,” Mr. White added.

The variable quality water sources of Dania Beach wellfield and Broward County wellfield required a solution allowing for maximum flexibility. As such, depending on the quality of the sources at any one time, the system can reconfigure, maximizing system recovery and reducing operating costs. The staged system approach developed by Biwater for Dania Beach was made up of a two-stage nanofiltration membrane system with convertible third and fourth stage reverse osmosis units to run at up to 92 percent recovery to meet concentrate disposal restrictions.
 

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Reverse osmosis/nanofiltration train (RO/NF) with instrument panel 

Delivering real results for the city of Dania Beach, the expansion work has significantly increased capacity beyond that of the existing 3.0 MGD aging lime softening water treatment plant, while improving water quality and colour. During periods of peak demand, it has reduced the city’s need to purchase treated water from further afield. Overall, the project will accommodate the city’s requirement for potable water as it continues to grow and develop over the next 20 to 30 years.

In addition, this plant achieves the city's vision for environmental sustainability by constructing one of the first water treatment plant buildings to achieve enough credits to become ‘Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design’ (LEED) certified through the U.S. Green Building Council.

This is the 11th project that Biwater has worked on in conjunction with CDM Smith, which brings their total installed treatment capacity to 174 MGD (659,000 m3/day). In reflecting on their work together to date, Richard Smith, President of Biwater AEWT and Director of the Americas, Biwater International, concluded, “Biwater AEWT is proud to have been an integral part of the design-build award winning team. We look forward to building upon our strong relationship with CDM Smith and other strategic partners in the future, while continuing to lead the way in effective design-build practices globally.”

The team involved in the project will collect the ‘National Design-Build Award’ at the Design-Build Institute of America’s awards ceremony on 5 November 2013 in Las Vegas.


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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