23 february 2017

Veolia nominated for two Global Water Awards

Two Veolia projects in the run for Project of the Year.

We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for a Global Water Award in the following categories:
  • Water/Wastewater Project of the Year: Antartic Reuse Project
  • Municipal Desalination Project of the Year: Az Zour North 1, Kuwait
The ceremony will take place on 24th April 2017 at 7pm in Madrid, Spain, at the beautiful Palacio de Ciebeles.

Read below for more information on these two projects:


Antartic Reuse Project

What is it?
A multi-year programme to clean up contamination in the Antarctic. The project included landfill leachate treatment, remediating historical diesel spills, and culminated in 2016 with the installation of an MBR facility and the piloting of an advanced water treatment plant.
Who is involved?
Veolia has been a long-term partner of the Australian Antarctic Division and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, working with TasWater and Coliban Water, as well as two universities in Victoria. Xylem supplied the ozone and UV equipment for the advanced water treatment plant, which also employs Metawater’s ceramic MF membranes, a Dow RO system, and instrumentation from Hach and Wallace & Tiernan. Martin Membrane Systems supplied the MBR plant, while AECOM provided technical assistance.
What makes it special?
  • The Antarctic is one of the world’s harshest yet most precious environments, with unique contaminant dispersal challenges. The sustained 15-year commitment to clean up historic pollution while using cutting-edge technology to provide fresh water to the dedicated research community is a shining example of how science and nature can work together for the greater good.
  • An MBR plant commissioned in 2016 will be complemented by a seven-barrier advanced water treatment plant at the Davis research station, which brings the capability to produce world-class potable water from secondary effluent within a closed-loop system. The plant was rigorously pilot-tested in Tasmania prior to shipping it to the Antarctic, where it will operate in a temperature-controlled environment.
  • The environmental benefit of the programme is not its only lasting legacy – the concurrent risk framework developed by Veolia, Coliban Water and the University of Melbourne around chemicals of concern has the potential to revolutionise mainstream water utilities’ sampling protocols, whilst significantly lowering infrastructure operating costs.Az-Zour North 1, Kuwait


Az-Zour North 1, Kuwait

Az Zour North
What is it?
A 486,400m³/d multiple effect distillation plant in Kuwait. The first privately owned desalination plant in the country, it forms the water desalination element of the first stage of the Az-Zour North independent power and water project.
Who is involved?
The desalination plant was delivered by EPC contractor Sidem (Veolia) on behalf of the plant’s owner, a consortium comprising Engie (17.5%), Sumitomo (17.5%), A.H. Al-Sagar & Brothers (5%) and the Kuwaiti government (60%). Water is supplied to Kuwait’s Ministry of Energy and Water.
What makes it special?
  • By showcasing the very pinnacle of what MED has to offer, the contractor delivered a massive asset that requires a minimum of handling. Combining low O&M costs with a limited requirement for scaling treatment, the plant allows its owners to push the margins of performance and profitability – a key condition for the country’s pathfinder water PPP.
  • The plant redefines efficiency in thermal desalination. An ultra-low electrical consumption of around 1 kWh/m3 keeps its reliance on external power sources to a minimum. Sidem’s in-house MED expertise allows the plant to use relatively low-pressure steam, freeing up energy and resources at the attached power facility.
  • The location of the plant meant it had to be configured to handle extreme levels of seawater salinity and a wide range of feedwater temperatures ranging from 13°C to 38°C. The delivery of a truly flexible plant of this size is a stunning paean to engineering excellence.