Veolia water technologies wastewater treatment plant

Two major utility companies are working to install Asia Pacific’s first full-scale sidestream ANITA Mox treatment plant in 2020.

Veolia Water Technologies and Urban Utilities will deliver the treatment plant, using organic and environmentally-focused technology that is a first-of-its-kind in Australia.

Drawing on ten years’ research in its development, this technology marks a major development for the wastewater treatment industry.

Construction is scheduled to commence later in 2020 at Urban Utilities’ Luggage Point Resource Recovery Centre in Brisbane.

Once completed, the project is expected to save up to $500,000 per year in operational costs at the plant.

The two companies have worked together to develop the first full scale ANITA™ Mox project in Australia, which uses the Anammox bacteria to break down nitrogen in wastewater, requiring less energy and chemicals than traditional treatment processes.

Karen Shaw, Client Manager, Municipal – Australia & New Zealand, Veolia Water Technologies, said the company was delighted to partner with Urban Utilities to introduce the ANITA™ Mox solution in Australia.

“This development signals a new chapter for the wastewater treatment industry in Australia and offers other municipal service providers the opportunity to see the positive impact this innovative and environmentally-friendly solution can bring to their treatment plants,” Ms Shaw said.

The new sidestream plant at the Luggage Point Resource Recovery Centre will be used to treat 1ML per day of high-ammonia sludge concentrate produced by the plant’s main treatment processes.

Peter Donaghy, General Manager, Treatment and Production, Urban Utilities, said that the company had been researching the use of Anammox bacteria with the University of Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre for more than ten years.

“Based on our preliminary research and work to develop Anammox bacteria seed, we made a decision in 2015 to work with Veolia to grow Anammox bugs into a booming farm at our Innovation Centre,” Mr Donaghy said.
“This project is a great example of taking a new and innovative approach, and making it part of our daily operations to help us cut costs, increase treatment capacity at the plant, and benefit the environment at the same time.”

Traditional wastewater treatment produces a liquid by-product with high nitrogen loads, which is returned to the head of the plant for treatment.

This process contributes significantly to the plant’s operating costs and requires a costly carbon addition and electricity for aeration.

In contrast, the ANITA™ Mox solution is a robust, single-stage ammonia and total nitrogen removal biofilm process that utilizes Anammox bacteria, offering a chemical-free treatment process that requires much less energy.

As the Anammox bacterium cannot be imported into Australia, the sidestream plant at Luggage Point will operate as a biofarm, making it possible for Veolia to harvest the seeds for use in future ANITA™ Mox projects within Australia.

“With the plant’s ANITA™ Mox process well in place, our local customers can have immediate access to this new organic treatment process,” Ms Shaw said.

The ANITA™ Mox solution is ideal for municipal assets looking to reduce cost and increase operational efficiency, while meeting regulatory requirements on nitrogen concentrations in treated wastewater.

Urban Utilities is one of the largest water distributor retailers in Australia, responsible for delivering water, recycled water and sewerage services to more than 1.5 million customers in South East Queensland.

This partner content is brought to you by Veolia Water Technologies. Veolia is the global leader in optimized resource management, designing and providing water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. 

Find out more about ANITA™ Mox here.

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