Bahrain plans $461m wastewater treatment plant
Manama, June 26, 2014
A third major wastewater treatment plant is set to be built in the under-construction Northern Town in a bid to tackle Bahrain's mounting tide of sewage, it has been revealed.
The BD175 million ($461.6 million) project will be opened up to tender within the next two months, Works Minister Essam Khalaf told the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication, and is set to handle an initial 40m litres of sewage per day.
Plans for the new plant, to be built on reclaimed land off the coast of Budaiya, are part of a concerted effort by the government to deal with the increasing amount of effluent Bahrain's growing population creates.
It follows on the back of an announcement that the original Tubli Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is set to have its capacity doubled, while the new 100m litre-capacity Muharraq STP was unveiled yesterday by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.
In future, the Northern Town STP could eventually have its capacity expanded to deal with 60m litres of waste, Khalaf said.
"The project is in the design stage and in the coming weeks we will be calling for the tenders," he said.
"It will be part of the Northern Town housing scheme's major infrastructure and will take care of the areas' sewage requirements."
Works Ministry sanitary engineering assistant under-secretary Khalifa Al Mansoor added that the government of Abu Dhabi would have the final say on any approved bids, as they were the source of all funding for the project.
"As we are aware the funds for the project are part of the GCC funds donated by Abu Dhabi, and hence a donor's approval on the project is necessary prior to initiating the job," he said.
Elsewhere, Khalaf said that the ongoing "futuristic" expansion plans at Tubli were not only set to double its capacity to 400m litres of sewage a day, but could also remove unpleasant odours emitted during the wastewater treatment process through the installation of state-of-the art processing tanks called "sequencing batch reactors."
A new solar drying technique would also be employed, Al Mansoor added, which would leave behind a residue that could be used as fertiliser. - TradeArabia News Service