31 Jul 2016

Thames Water’s operations team for Highworth Wastewater Treatment Works (WwTW) has recently completed an intensive two day training course in The Netherlands. This course was designed to familiarise the team with the new Nereda® technology, ahead of process start-up of the new plant.

Costain Atkins JV – part of Thames Water’s AMP6 delivery partnership eight2O – will complete construction of the UK’s first Nereda project later this year. Working with specialist technology partners, Royal HaskoningDHV (owners of the Nereda technology), the special training course was provided to assist the Thames Water team’s understanding of the process and seek the team’s support in the smooth start-up and acclimatisation of Nereda.

Thames Water operators attended the training at Garmewolde WwTW. The two day course included technical training and hands-on experience for the team. Working closely with the lead operator at Dutch Water Authority Noorderzijlvest, Pascal, the team was able to gain first-hand experience of how to operate Nereda.

Costain Atkins JV project manager, Adrian Jack, explained: “The team was delighted to receive the specialist training and have the opportunity to ask questions to someone with experience in operating and optimising the Nereda process. The course has given the team the confidence to support start-up of new plant at Highworth.

Barry Oliver, Sales Director for Nereda at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: “Nereda is a significant step forward in sustainable lowest whole life cost wastewater treatment. Combined with the high-quality effluent standards and its small footprint, makes it a compelling case for the UK water industry. We are really keen to share our learning from earlier plants and focus on right first time start-up and commissioning of the Highworth Nereda plant. We look forward to optimising the Nereda performance together with the Thames Water team.”

Highworth is due to be commissioned later this year and will be the first full scale Nereda plant in the UK. Other water companies are interested in the benefits of this technology, particularly following pilot scale studies with both United Utilities and Scottish Water, who have carried out extensive pilot-scale testing before selecting Nereda as the preferred, most sustainable technology for AMP6 wastewater treatment projects.

For further information on Nereda contact Barry Oliver, Sales Director at Royal HaskoningDHV at barry.oliver@rhdhv.com or Tel: 07970 755646.