Berkefeld wins contract for water treatment plant at Netherlands power station

Oct. 7, 2009
EEMSHAVEN, Netherlands, Oct. 7, 2009 -- RWE Power AG has awarded the water technology company Berkefeld, a subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, the supply contract for a water treatment plant at a newly-built hard coal-fired power station in the Netherlands...
Eemshaven power plant.

EEMSHAVEN, Netherlands, Oct. 7, 2009 -- For a newly-built hard coal-fired power station in Eemshaven, in the Netherlands, RWE Power AG has awarded the water technology company Berkefeld, a subsidiary of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, the supply contract for a water treatment plant for processing approx. 1,250 m³ of sea water per hour. Previously, Berkefeld already realized the planning contract for this project. The assembly of the water treatment plant will begin in 2010 and its commissioning is planned for 2011.

The Multiflo® process solution.For the power station at the mouth of the River Ems in the North Sea near the Dutch-German border, a water treatment plant is to be built that will cope with the special challenges presented by harbor water. These include algae, oil, high salinity, turbid matter and fast changes of the water properties. Therefore a combination of various specific process technologies is planned. For pre-treatment, the Multiflo® process solution developed by Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies and installed successfully many times worldwide, with coagulation, flocculation and lamella separation tank, as well as treatment according to the Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) principle is foreseen.
Reverse osmosis process.This is followed by a Berkal™ high-performance disc filter before the membrane reverse osmosis process in a first stage for sea water and in a second for brackish water. Finally, a treatment by mixed-bed exchangers produces ultra-pure water.

The new RWE power station of the latest generation can aside from hard coal also partly be fired with biomass in order to further reduce CO2 emissions. The station is to go on to the grid with an output of approx. 1,600 megawatt in 2013 and generate enough electricity each year for 3.2 million households in the Netherlands. At the Eemshaven site, the logistical advantages of a seawater location will be used. The main fuel, hard coal, can be delivered by ships and via the River Ems other materials such as ground limestone for desulphurization of the flue gas or the power station ash can be transported in and out in an environment-friendly way.

About Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
Berkefeld is part of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies. Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS), subsidiary of Veolia Water, is a leading design & build company and a specialized provider of technological solutions in water treatment. With over 8,900 employees in 57 countries, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies recorded revenue of €2.5 billion Euros in 2008. Websites: and

Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services. Specialized in outsourcing services for municipal authorities, as well as industrial and service companies, Veolia Water serves 139 million people worldwide. With 93,400 employees, its 2008 revenues amounted to €12.6 billion.


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