Irish Water officially opens Carrigtwohill treatment plant
Irish Water's new wastewater treatment plant (WwTP) at Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork has officially opened. The contract for the construction of the facility, which involved a €12M investment by Irish Water, was awarded to an EPS-Sorensen joint venture partnership in June 2014.
The plant is the second in Ireland and the UK to utilise the Nereda biological treatment system. It can now treat waste for a population equivalent (PE) of 30,000 but has been designed to be able to double this capacity in stages.
The project also involved upgrade works to three outlaying pump stations and a 1.5km marine outfall. Carrigtwohill WwTP was successfully handed over to EPS Operations in May this year to begin a 20-year operate contract on behalf of Irish Water.
The Nereda process has made this plant a key learning centre for Irish and international clients. It is expected that as well as improved water quality and removal of existing health risks for the community, this new plant will unlock the capacity for further development in one of Cork’s fastest growing satellite towns.
The plant was opened by the Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister for State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, at a ceremony on site. Commenting on the project, Stanton said: “The increase in wastewater treatment capacity will allow for continued, future growth in population and economic activity.”
“Carrigtwohill is a major pharmaceutical and biotechnology hub and this project will enable new schools and housing developments, as well as attract future industry to the area,” added Katherine Walshe, regional operations manager with Irish Water.
Michael O’Sullivan, contracts manager at EPS, said: “EPS and Sorensen are delighted to be involved in such an innovative and locally beneficial project and are looking forward to supporting the community through the operate contract duration.”
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