Black & Veatch formed a joint venture with Thiess and together created the W2W (Water 2 Water) Alliance with Water Corporation, Western Australia. The W2W Alliance provided AUD$350 million of extensive wastewater treatment plant upgrades over a five-year programme to the metropolitan plants of Beenyup and Woodman Point.
Thames Water appointed Black & Veatch to design, construct and commission the first commercially viable membrane bioreactor reclaimed wastewater facility in the UK. It will service a new sporting facility in London.
With a total project cost of almost $135 million, the Butler Drive Water Reclamation Facility incorporates advanced membrane bioreactor technology in its design. This facility allows the city to reclaim its wastewater as a renewable water supply via aquifer recharge or direct reuse. This helps to secure future water resources needed for city growth.
When the construction of New York City Water Tunnel No. 3 is complete, more than 60 miles of new tunnel will enhance and improve the city’s drinking water delivery system. It is the largest capital construction project in New York City’s history.
South East Queensland was caught in the grip of a severe continent-wide drought and faced stringent water restrictions. Combined dam levels were low, and water supplies were dwindling. Supply to two nearby power stations was threatened. The government needed a solution that would secure water supplies to the power stations, would help with drought-proofing the state and could be operational on an emergency schedule.
The mountain looming over Hong Kong is named Lung Fu Shan, which in Cantonese means Mountain of Dragon and Tiger. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) sits astride the mountain, and to celebrate its centennial, a building expansion was planned with a tight design and construction program. But the space on the mountain is precious, and old underground waterworks facilities took up part of it. The Water Supplies Department (WSD), Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, was searching for a way to assist HKU in its goal to expand without disturbing the existing slopes.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requires all wastewater treatment plants in the state to meet limits for bacteria (E. coli) in their effluent. Industrial WWTPs are no exception. BioKyowa, in Cape Girardeau, produces a line of amino acid products that generate a highly variable amount of high-strength wastewater. While the plant does not treat human waste, it does experience a form of E. coli bacteria as a byproduct of the manufacturing process.
Westar Energy (Westar) upgraded its air quality control (AQC) systems at its Lawrence Energy Center Units 4 and 5 in Lawrence, Kansas, to continue to meet federal air quality standards. The complex retrofit project included the addition of pulse jet fabric filters for particulate control, scrubber and ductwork modifications, and electrical system upgrades for both units. Black & Veatch provided detailed design, engineering, procurement services and construction management for the project.
Occasional periods of dry weather in Scotland have highlighted the importance of ensuring reservoirs have the storage required to meet the demands of customers and businesses. Following a prolonged dry spell, the Black Esk Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to a population of 36,000 in surrounding villages, was estimated to have a supply deficit of 10 million litres a day.
Great Britain has significant tidal energy potential. Harnessing this resource and making it cost effective, and attractive to investors, is a challenge. The Energy Technologies Institute commissioned and funded the Tidal Energy Converter System Demonstrator project to establish the pathway to an “optimised low-cost architecture” that will deliver long-term commercial viability.
Black & Veatch is integrating a complex new asset into an existing major wastewater treatment plant for United Utilities Water to maximize sludge for agricultural use and the production of green energy. The advanced sludge treatment facility at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works will treat site sludge and receive additional sludge from other contributing WwTW sites.
Thames Water’s Mogden Sewage Treatment Works is the United Kingdom’s third largest, serving 2 million customers in Greater London. In 2010, work began on an upgrade and expansion project to increase Mogden’s treatment capacity and meet the Environment Agency’s new consent standard.
Pepco Holdings, Inc. needed to enhance its electrical system in the District of Columbia (D.C.) area. The regulated electric utility turned to Black & Veatch for improvement to a substation and underground transmission system. The goal of the improvement work was to promote energy assurance for the area. It also stimulated the economy in an area that included new federal government facilities and new high-density housing projects.
In the face of rising energy demand in the northeast United States, many utilities in the region were faced with the need to make major investments in transmission and distribution. One of those utilities, the United Illuminating Company (UI), needed help with two big projects – the Middletown-Norwalk transmission line and the Trumbull substation.
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