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Cannon Artes secures major contract for effluent treatment plant

the infrastructure of the treatment plant will cover an area equivalent to two football fields.(Image source: Cannon Artes)


Cannon Artes, a leading global engineering and construction company in the water treatment industry, announced they have successfully secured the contract to construct a massive effluent treatment plant (ETP) for one of the world’s major manufacturers of polyolefins in the UAE

The announcement was made at ADIPEC 2023, which is being held from 2-5 October at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The company disclosed the details of the project, highlighting that the infrastructure of the treatment plant will cover an area equivalent to two football fields and has the capacity to treat up to 5,000 m3/d (5 million litres per day), similar to the needs of a city of hundred thousand people. The plant’s construction site will be handed over towards the end of Q1 2024 and is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024. 

Alessio Liati, sales director at Cannon Artes, stated, “Every turnkey ETP project for the oil and gas industry we have delivered establishes Cannon Artes’ growing presence and expertise to design, construct and install highly complex infrastructure that treats and purifies industrial effluent with great attention to energy consumption, sustainability, and reusable water recovery. This huge project demands maximum design capacity with an extremely challenging treatment process to remove oil and other contaminants, biological treatment, and filtration to ensure the concentration in the effluent stream is at a minimum level to reuse or meet stringent regulations prior to its safe discharge into the environment.”

The facility will comprise four incoming influent streams carrying various pollutants. To maximise flexibility, the ETP will consist of a series of up to 15 unit-operations, each capable of handling different physical and chemical variations resulting from upstream processes. It will be designed to meet strict specifications for organics, oils, suspended solids (TSS), phenols and nitrogen, among the others.

The construction of the plant will align with the highest sustainability standards, further contributing to achieving the UAE’s sustainability objectives. Numerous sustainability strategies have been put in place by the nation with an aim to transition towards a clean and green future. Given the increasing demand for water and energy due to population and economic growth, the completed plant is expected to address these needs while also promoting the transition to a circular economy. This includes encouraging resource reuse and recovery, as well as ensuring sustainable management of industrial wastewater.

The company is exhibiting at Stand 2112 in the Italy Pavilion at the Hall 2 of ADIPEC 2023 in Abu Dhabi.