Brussels City Wastewater Treatment Plant Gets Upgrade

Brussels, Belgium, will install GE’s ZeeWeed 500D ultrafiltration membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology to treat one-third of the city's water with a new upgrade to its existing wastewater treatment plant. The plant serves over 400,000 Brussels residents.

Brussels, Belgium, will install GE’s ZeeWeed 500D ultrafiltration membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology to treat one-third of the city's water with a new upgrade to its existing wastewater treatment plant. The plant serves over 400,000 Brussels residents.

Société Bruxelloises de Gestion de l’Eau (SBGE), which manages the city’s water, turned to engineering, procurement and construction contractor CVN (a joint venture in which VINCI ENVIRONNEMENT is in charge of water processes), a division of VINCI group, to convert the existing facility from a conventional treatment plant to one using MBR technology to meet new discharge limits while fitting within the existing footprint of the plant.

"New regulations governing discharge, as well as the need to treat more wastewater and rainwater for the growing population of Brussels, led to the decision to expand the existing wastewater treatment plant. Improving the facility with GE’s ZeeWeed technology will help keep the River Senne (Zenne) safe,” said Frederic Nougarède, director at VINCI ENVIRONNEMENT.

Once completed, by the end of 2018, the upgraded wastewater treatment plant will treat an average of 66 million liter per day (MLD). During peak usage times, it will be able to treat as much as 120 MLD.

Under the terms of the contact, GE will supply to VINCI ENVIRONNEMENT its ZeeWeed 500D membranes as well as provide engineering, installation and commission services for the project.

The GE ZeeWeed 500 product is an advanced filtration technology that separates solids, bacteria and viruses from water or wastewater. Nearly 1,000 plants worldwide use this technology to produce superior quality water. Its unique ability to handle high peaks of solids and turbidity, combined with the high-efficient process and low energy and chemicals usage, makes it ideal for treating deteriorated or high-variation raw water sources and always producing superior and stable quality water.

GE’s ZeeWeed ultrafiltration membranes offer an unmatched combination of ultrafiltration performance, energy efficiency, durability, fast installation, ease of operation and reliability.

“GE's ZeeWeed membrane technology is an ideal choice for municipalities tasked with treating wastewater in a more energy-efficient and cost-effective manner. Our membranes also allow for the highest quality effluent possible, making situations like the one in Brussels with discharge limits a good fit for ZeeWeed technology,” said Yuvbir Singh, general manager, engineered systems—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.

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