Bluewater Bio Limited, a well-known provider of treatment solutions to the water industry, is pleased to announce that Saudi-based private utility company Marafiq has selected Bluewater Bio’s hybrid activated sludge process, HYBACS®, to upgrade its Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (“IWTP-8”) at Jubail, a purpose built Industrial City on the Arabian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia.
Through a competitive tender process, Marafiq selected Tunisian EPC contractor Engineering Procurement & Project Management (“EPPM”) to deliver a HYBACS solution for their current capacity shortfall. Once completed, the HYBACS process will deliver an approximate 150 percent uplift in capacity, treating 50 MLD of industrial wastewater from the city.
IWTP-8 comprises three parallel and separate treatment streams to treat industrial wastewater arising from the large industrial cluster in Jubail. Stream 2 includes a 3-lane activated sludge process with 8 circular clarifiers and currently treats around 20,000 m3/day.
The HYBACS upgrade will increase treatment capacity to 50,000 m3/day. The Client’s specifications for the upgrade include that the existing treatment process must not be interrupted during the upgrade, the solution must be a proven technology, be highly energy efficient, have a small footprint and that the upgrade must be completed within a short timescale. The upgrade at IWTP-8 will include the installation of 16 SMART™ Units as well as capacity upgrades to the tertiary treatment stages.
SMART™ units are high-rate bioreactors that, when installed upstream of the existing aeration lanes, form Bluewater Bio’s proprietary HYBACS – HYBrid ACtivated Sludge – process.