30 Nov 2018

The Faro-Olhão wastewater treatment plant (WwTP) was officially opened recently (28 November 2018) by the Minister of the Environment and Energy, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes. The new WwTP, which will treat the wastewater of in the region of 113.200 people in southern Portugal, represents the largest investment in water sanitation made in the Algarve – and one of the largest in Portugal to date.

One of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Algarve officially opens | Royal HaskoningDHV

Image: The Faro-Olhão wastewater treatment plant was officially opened by the Minister of the Environment and Energy, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes

The opening was attended by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Carlos Martins and other local dignitaries, as well as representatives from the operating water company, Águas do Algarve S.A..

Part-funded from the EU’s 'Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources' (POSEUR) scheme, the plant has been designed by Acciona Agua and uses innovative Nereda® wastewater treatment technology from Royal HaskoningDHV. This innovative method of treating wastewater reduces the plant’s carbon footprint by 50% and achieves energy savings of between 30 and 40%. The plant also has solar panels that, with an installed capacity of 50 kW, will produce energy for use by auxiliary services.

The new plant is located one kilometre west of Olhão on a site of great natural beauty, and its construction has helped the rehabilitation of the surrounding landscape. In addition, the new plant replaces aging assets in Olhão Poente and the outskirts of Faro, which have now been decommissioned, mitigating the odor issues that local residents were experiencing.

Mr. René Noppeney, Global Director Water Products and Innovation at Royal HaskoningDHV said: “We are delighted to see our Nereda technology used in this flagship treatment plant for the Algarve. The plant’s smaller footprint and high levels of wastewater treatment will offer huge advantages for the natural environment, while our cutting-edge technology will minimise any risks of odour at the plant.”

Royal HaskoningDHV's Nereda wastewater treatment solution is already being applied on five continents for municipal and industrial water. The award-winning technology was invented by Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and developed in public-private partnership by the university, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research, the Dutch Water Authorities and Royal HaskoningDHV.

Click here for further information on Nereda technology at Faro-Olhão.

One of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Algarve officially opens | Royal HaskoningDHV

One of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Algarve officially opens | Royal HaskoningDHV

One of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Algarve officially opens | Royal HaskoningDHV