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Wastewater partnership sees new Dutch plant planned

A new Dutch wastewater treatment plant has been agreed to be constructed by animal waste material processor Rendec Son and water technology company Paques.

The new plant will combine anaerobic treatments and Anammox processes to efficiently remove nitrogen and allow Paques to convert the animal carcass and slaughterhouse waste into both electricity and heat more efficiently than Rendec currently does.

Once fully operational the plant is hoped to generate enough electricity for approximately 3,000 households.

‘Nitrogen has always proved difficult to remove using traditional processes but, in cooperation with Paques, the feasibility of the new plant was proven,’ says Rendoc project leader Roel van der Borne. ‘We’ll be the first to combine the two treatment technologies and the new facility will enable a reduction of 1,600 tonnes of CO₂ emissions per year.’

Paques sales manager Emil Sandstra said that the plant represents ‘a great project’ and that the proposed Anammox reactor ‘will be the largest of its kind in Europe’.