Construction of a wastewater treatment plant to clean up the Bay of Panama In a consortium with Odebrecht, one of Brazil's largest builders, Degrémont has signed a contract with the Panama Ministry of Health to design, build and operate for four years an urban wastewater treatment plant for the capital, worth a total EUR170 million, including EUR80 million in sales for Degrémont. The plant's construction is financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Panamanian government. The project is part of an ambitious environmental protection and wastewater treatment programme launched in Panama at the turn of the millennium which also includes plans for, among others, renewing and extending the wastewater treatment infrastructure. The new plant is aimed at cleaning up the Bay of Panama by treating effluent before it is released into the environment. With a capacity of 238,000 m3/day, the plant will treat effluent from one million of the city's inhabitants. The plant will provide facilities for biological treatment and sludge digestion, while streamlining energy costs by implementing cogeneration and heat recovery systems. Biogas from the sludge will produce 100% of the electricity needed to heat the buildings and digestors, or 20% of the plant's total energy needs. Located in a seaside mangrove swamp and soon to be surrounded by the city, the plant has been designed to blend seamlessly into the environment. A biological odour control system is also in the pipeline to reduce the risk of odour nuisance for people nearby.
New wastewater treatment and process water recovery plant in Brazil Degrémont and Ondeo Industrial Systems have signed, with the EGESA-TKK consortium, which is in charge of constructing the twelfth Petrobras refinery in Northwest Brazil, a contract to design and build a treatment and recycling plant for residual process water from the new installation. The total turnover of this contract will be EUR97 million, including EUR49 million for Degrémont and Ondeo Industrial Solutions. The facility will use a pretreatment unit and a membrane bioreactor treatment unit to reuse the water to produce demineralised water for the site. This advanced technology, used successfully in many other applications, has been developed for water recycling, and will provide Petrobras with a low-cost resource while limiting the quantity of water taken from the natural environment.