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US-based Headworks Bio has been awarded a contract by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Water and Electricity to design a Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) system that would be used to upgrade an activated sludge plant
Located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the upgraded plant will be fully commissioned by mid-year 2013, the company said in a statement.
Under the agreement, Headworks, a manufacturer of wastewater treatment processes and equipment, will execute the process design and supply the core components of the MBBR system, including media, aeration grids and media retention screens.
The MBBR system will achieve BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) reduction and nitrification, which will produce effluent suitable for reuse and irrigation applications.
Gerald Seidl, senior vice president of Headworks, said, "We are pleased to be awarded this contract, and to have the opportunity to work with the Ministry of Water and Electricity to showcase our expertise.
"With the overwhelming demands in the MENA region for clean water, there are several applications that can benefit from our process knowledge. We look forward to successfully delivering this project and working on other opportunities with the ministry."
Once fully commissioned, the capacity of the plant will increase by 40 per cent and produce effluent quality that is suitable for reuse within the existing infrastructure, the statement added.