The agreement with WEC Projects was signed in Johannesburg in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte, and the South African Minister of Small Business Development Ms Lindiwe Zulu mid November 2015. It was followed by the agreement with ACCIONA Agua which was signed on 30 November in Madrid.
Nereda is an innovative wastewater treatment technology that can be used for new and existing plants. Its implementation in existing water infrastructures in order to increase capacity and improve performance is an excellent solution for facilities whose operation is challenged by the age of construction, by raised treatment standard requirements, or by processes with high energy consumption.
“Implementing the Nereda technologies in these facilities, while maintaining the footprint and reusing existing buildings, is the most viable solution at present for ACCIONA Agua. In addition, for new installations these advantages certainly create a fundamental spur to encourage installation,” said Mr Alejandro Zarzuela, Technical and Technology Innovation Director of ACCIONA Agua.
Mr Karl Juncker, Managing Director of WEC Projects, said: “Nereda is cost effective, sustainable, requires a small footprint and is easy to operate. These attributes make it a perfect fit in the South African wastewater treatment market. In order to deliver solutions to our country’s sewage treatment challenges, we need innovation, and Nereda is that innovation. WEC Projects, together with Nereda, is excited to lead the way.
Signing this agreement is not only a huge milestone in the life of WEC Projects, but a significant development for South Africa’s wastewater treatment sector.” Royal HaskoningDHV and WEC are currently cooperating in the implementation of Nereda technology at the Hartebeestfontein Wastewater Treatment Works. This will be the third Nereda plant in South Africa, joining existing implementations at Wemmershoek and Gansbaai.
Mr René Noppeney, Royal HaskoningDHV Global Director Water Products & Innovation said: “There is a steady increase in demand Nereda Technology across the globe with 17 new projects over the past three years. These agreements will make a difference to the wastewater markets in South Africa, Spain and Portugal. We are delighted that ACCIONA and WEC are joining the global network of Nereda partners. It is great that both have chosen our innovative Nereda technology. For us this is a major step forward following the successful introduction of our technology in markets such as Australia, Brazil, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and the UK.”
The innovative Nereda technology has proved to be more efficient, sustainable and kinder to the environment, with lower operating and capital costs than conventional methods of wastewater treatment. It is entirely based on natural processes, does not require any chemicals and features aerobic granular biomass with faster settling times than conventional activated sludge systems. Plants are up to four times smaller than traditional installations and consume up to half the energy. Nereda technology was invented by the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and developed in a unique public-private partnership between the University, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), Dutch Water Authorities and Royal HaskoningDHV. Worldwide, there are dozens of plants in operation and under construction.