2017

Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade wins Infrastructure Project Innovation Award

At the 2017 Australian Water Association’s Annual Queensland Gala Dinner, Aquatec Maxcon, along with South Burnett Regional Council, won the Infrastructure Project Innovation Award for the successful delivery of the Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) upgrade.

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Peter Ferrando, Aquatec Maxcon Director, said “Kingaroy WWTP is our first Nereda® Plant in Australia and to have the Water Industry recognise our achievement in delivering this job is encouraging. I am extremely proud that  the design was delivered with our core in-house engineering team of Process, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (MPA Engineering) with support from Cardno, as the Civil Designers. Our Group is capable of accomplishing great outcomes and delivering industry leading projects.”

Kingaroy WWTP has achieved exceptional effluent quality together with significant reductions in both capital and operating expenses. It has also received special recognition by the Dutch Government which issued a postage stamp celebrating the relationship between Australia and The Netherlands.

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Aerobic Granular Sludge, Nereda® technology has become a sustainable alternative to activated sludge processes and is gaining worldwide prominence in the water industry with the largest plant under design in Dublin with a capacity in excess of 2million EP. Aquatec Maxcon is the exclusive partner of Royal Haskoning DHV, the technology provider for Nereda®.

Aquatec Maxcon has been on the forefront of several successful introductions of innovative wastewater technologies to Australia including diffused air oxidation ditches, fine bubble membrane air diffusers and membrane bioreactors, among others that are now considered industry standard. Over the last ten years, Aquatec Maxcon has invested in excess of $20 million in research and development and is continually improving to find sustainable technologies for the Industry.

Click here to view the Australian Water Association Media Release.

Photos courtesy of the Australian Water Association

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Yarra Valley Water announced as finalist in 2017 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Yarra Valley Water has been announced as a finalist in the Environmental Protection category for this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for development of their Waste to Energy Facility at Wollert in Melbourne’s North.

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The interim Chief Executive of Sustainability Victoria, Stephanie Ziersch, praised the team for their creative and insightful work towards building a more sustainable environment.  “Delivering these Awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new models of sustainability.

“These Awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community." 

To combat the effects of drought, Yarra Valley Water constructed a waste to energy facility next to the Aurora Sewage Treatment and Recycled Water Treatment Plants.  Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Yarra Valley Water to develop and design the plant and completed construction in December 2016.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, will personally select the winners of the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award, which will be presented at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 26 October at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne.

For more information on the Awards and finalists, visit www.sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au

Waste to Energy Facility, multiple award winner

Yarra Valley Water’s Waste to Energy facility won the award for “Outstanding Corporate/Institution Initiative in Collection/Processing Marketing” at the 2017 Victorian Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) Awards, held 23rd August 2017. 

The Australian first facility was recognised for:

  • Widening the scope of oganics processing beyond just composting
  • An envrionmentally friendly disposal solution for commercial organic waste
  • Attracting significant media focus on both the challenges and opportunities in organics processing

The purpose-built facility converts organic waste such as food scraps, into renewable energy.  This occurs via the production of methane gas (biogas) which powers generators to produce electricity.

Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Yarra Valley Water to develop and design the plant and completed the construction in December 2016.  Since that time, the plant has been operating beyond expectation, producing enough electricity to power itself, the adjacent Aurora Sewage Treatment Plant and export surplus electricity to the grid as renewable energy; making the facility not just environmentally sustainable but also commercially viable.  

Anthony Davey, Victorian State Manager for Aquatec Maxcon offered his congratulations to Yarra Valley Water, saying “It is a great achievement to be recognised by the industry in this manner. We are very happy to have contributed to this award-winning plant.  This award means we are setting high standards for the future of waste to energy in Australia”.

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On 5th July 2017, the Yarra Valley Water WtE plant also won the “Best International commercial plant” by the British Anaerobic Digestion Association (ADBA) at the UK AD & Biogas Industry Awards.  Weltec Biopower, were honoured to receive the award.   Aquatec Maxcon partnered with Weltec Biopower, a European pioneer in the field of biogas, to introduce this innovative technology to the Australian water industry.

Visit here, to read more about the award:  http://www.weltec-biopower.com/news/article/weltec-biopower-wins-two-adba-industry-awards.html

Aquatec Maxcon Sponsors South Burnett Region School Art Competition

Aquatec Maxcon sponsored a School Art Competition to coincide with the opening of the new Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant. The competition was open to all students enrolled in schools within the South Burnett region and ranged from colouring in to producing a poster illustrating the key role wastewater treatment plays within overall catchment management.

The judges were Council’s Division 2 Councillor, Roz Frohloff and the Aquatec Maxcon’s Queensland State Manager, Peter Ferrando.

Peter Ferrando remarked, “Arousing interest in the water cycle through the running of this competition will help to encourage the younger generation to enter STEM fields in the future.”

“The idea was to involve local students by challenging them to do something a little bit out of the ordinary and to get them thinking about wastewater treatment” said Councillor Frohloff, “It is wonderful to see such a response from students throughout the South Burnett.”

The colouring-in competition was divided into two categories, Prep to Year 2 and Year 3 to Year 6. These categories were hotly contested with the judges deliberating for some time to find the overall winners.

The first category for the poster competition required students to produce a poster detailing the role a wastewater treatment plant plays in the overall water cycle.

Mayor Keith Campbell said, "This art competition has encouraged students to think about where our wastewater ends up which benefits the environment and who knows, they may in the future develop an interest and enter into this field.”

The winning artworks will be framed and on display at the Kingaroy Wastewater Treatment Plant. The winners are as follows:

Aquatec Maxcon is proud to be involved in the local community whilst delivering the Kingaroy WWTP, the first full-scale Nereda® WWTP in Australia.

Prep to Year 2 – Colouring In Winners

  • 1st Place: Jaxon Branch - Kingaroy State School
  • 2nd Place: Ethan Hood - St Mary’s Catholic College
  • 3rd Place: Ada Kurz - Nanango State School

Year 3 to Year 6 – Colouring In Winners

  • 1st Place: Ashlyn Williamson - Murgon State School
  • 2nd Place: Minnie Martoo - St Mary’s Catholic College
  • 3rd Place: Paige Mueller - Kingaroy State School

Poster Competition – Water Cycle Winners

  • 1st Place: Bridgette Watson - St Mary’s Catholic College
  • 2nd Place: Isla Airs - St Mary’s Catholic College
  • 3rd Place: Elizabeth Watson - St Mary’s Catholic College

Encouragement Awards Winners

  • Paige Nilon-Brown - Nanango State School
  • Levi Kurz - Nanango State School
  • Aaron Cullen - Kingaroy State School
  • Aayusha Pandey - Taabinga State School
  • Aaliyah-Mae - Taabinga State School

 Competition Winners

St Mary’s Catholic College Students show off their winning posters with representatives from Aquatec Maxcon, from Left to Right:  Councillor Roz Frohloff, Process Engineer Shay White from Aquatec Maxcon, students Elizabeth Watson, Bridgette Watson and Isla Airs, Principal Angela Myles and Senior Process Engineer Monita Naicker from Aquatec Maxcon.  Photograph courtesy of South Burnett Regional Council.

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 Example of an entry in the Colouring In competition.

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  Example of an entry in the Water Cycle competition

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