GAIKER participates in the creation of the Advanced Water Treatment Centre Bilbao Bizkaia

The project, promoted by the Bilbao Bizkaia Water Consortium with the collaboration of the GAIKER Technology Centre and STS (formerly Degrémont), aims to become a benchmark in water treatment research and innovation

The Bilbao Bizkaia Water Consortium (CABB) has awarded the tender to GAIKER, a member of the Basque Research & Technology Alliance (BRTA), and STS (formerly Degrémont) for the start-up and management of the new Advanced Water Treatment Centre for the next three years.

The aim of the Bilbao Bizkaia Advanced Water Treatment Centre (CATABB) is to develop projects related to urban water management and to give a further boost to innovation in this sector. With the creation of CATABB, an open platform is created for external collaboration with public and private entities, technology centres and universities. To this end, it will seek to carry out projects aligned with its strategy and innovation plan, in such a way as to promote the increase of joint knowledge. CATABB aspires to become a pole of reference in water treatment research and innovation.

These facilities of the CABB Pilot Plant in Etxebarri, made available to other entities, were created in 2018 and are a scale replica of the future extension of the Venta Alta Drinking Water Treatment Plant (DWTP) (Arrigorriaga). This advanced and versatile pilot plant is equipped with different processes and its aim is to serve as a test bench for future improvement and innovation projects, as well as to evaluate the most suitable treatments for the purification of water of different origins and characteristics.

With the support of GAIKER and STS, the CABB now wants to give a new boost to research and innovation in the field of drinking water treatment with the creation of the CATABB.

GAIKER and STS have a long history of working with CABB. GAIKER has been advising CABB since 2015 on the design of the advanced pilot water treatment plant in Etxebarri (Bizkaia), having worked on its subsequent execution and on the supervision of the research carried out there. On the other hand, STS has been directly involved in the operation of the CABB pilot plant and in the development of the research carried out in this plant since October 2019. With this new project, whose foundations are based on this work, GAIKER and STS will exploit their synergies to face the promising challenge of creating, managing and developing the CATABB.