WABAG Water Services, Romania receives an order for the realisation
of a new municipal wastewater treatment plant for the town of Cugir
At the beginning of May, WABAG Water Services SRL, a VA TECH WABAG Vienna GmbH subsidiary, received a contract for the realisation of a new municipal wastewater treatment plant for the town of Cugir in the Romanian district of Alba. In future, mechanical/biological treatment steps and subsequent sludge treatment will ensure that only treated wastewater from the town’s 30,000 inhabitants can be discharged into the River Cugir in an environmentally compatible manner. The project is to be co-financed by the EU and for WABAG the order will have a value of over EUR 3 million.
Following the foundation of WABAG Water Services SRL in 2008 and the simultaneous receipt of two orders for the modernisation and operational management of industrial wastewater treatment plants, WABAG focused initially on the industrial sector, in order to subsequently extend its activities with a return to the municipal segment of the Romanian market. This has now been achieved with the Cugir wastewater plant project.
The project was awarded in the course of an EU tendering process, during which WABAG was able to beat off thirteen competitors due to its technological superiority. The processing concept foresees mechanical pre-treatment, biological treatment for the removal of phosphorus, nutrients and carbons using the proven activated sludge process, and sludge treatment, with dewatering and lime conditioning. This will guarantee outflow quality in line with the national regulations regarding discharge into surface water and the sewage sludge will have a dry substance content of 35 per cent and thus be subject to a significant volume reduction. The plant is designed for a capacity of 850 m3/h and 30,000 p.e.
WABAG will be responsible for plant design and engineering, equipment supply, installation and commissioning. Start-up will commence in May 2014.
Prior to the launch of WABAG Water Services, WABAG was already intensively involved in the municipal market in Romania and completed ten water and wastewater treatment plants in the period between 2000 and 2007. A major highlight of these activities was the extensive modernisation and enlargement of the Chirita drinking water treatment plant to a capacity of 99,000 m3/d. The plant became operational in 2007.
According to Peter Lutz, the WABAG Water Services CEO: “During our ongoing industrial projects, we have convinced our customers with our know-how, reliability and innovative capacity. Therefore, I am certain that we will be able to win the confidence of additional municipal sector clients.”