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Bluewater Bio secures major water treatment contract in Bahrain

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. (Image source: Bluewater Bio)

Bluewater Bio’s remarkable year-on-year growth is bolstered by yet another significant contract win, securing an upgrade of the North Sitra wastewater treatment works, valued at US$42mn (£33mn). This follows previous substantial upgrades that are now processing over 50% of the wastewater generated in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Consistently acknowledged by external entities as the fastest-growing water technology company in Europe over the years, expansion in the Middle East constitutes an integral aspect of their growth strategy.

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. In attendance were senior representatives from both UK and Bahraini Governments. Bluewater Bio will be responsible for all aspects of engineering, acting as EPC contractor and technology supplier, through the provision of their advanced treatment technologies, HYBACS® and FilterClear®.

As the result of population and industrial expansion, additional and enhanced treatment capacity is required to continue to produce treated water suitable for reuse. Contract duration will be 24 months and, once completed, the works will have a new capacity of 30 MLD, doubling the current volume. 

The project represents the fifth notable contract secured by the company from the Ministry of Works. The quality, performance, and reliability demonstrated in these projects consistently surpass the client's expectations, all while upholding the highest standards of health and safety, both domestically and internationally.

Richard Haddon, executive chairman & CEO of Bluewater Bio, commented, “We have been working to support Bahrain in achieving their ambitious National Water Strategy 2030. We have excellent references in the Kingdom that is enabling further growth across the GCC.”

Alastair Long, His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, added, “Bluewater Bio have built an excellent relationship in Bahrain and are a wellrespected provider of water technologies. I am delighted that they continue to grow in the region and as such, enhance the UK business brand.”

In common with other Gulf states, most potable water is derived from seawater desalination. Consequently, the cost of this water and its embedded energy is high, and supply is limited. To make the best use of this expensive potable resource, it is common practice across the Middle East to reuse wastewater, after filtration and chlorination, for applications such as irrigation and industrial non-potable uses.

Richard Haddon said, “I am delighted that our growth strategy is working in the key geographies identified when we started this journey together. Working closely with our clients and producing excellent results, both on time and to budget, is building trust and certainty into these relationships.”