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Industrial Project of the Year: Shortlist

For the project, commissioned in 2018, that represents the most impressive technical or environmental achievement in the field of industrial water.

Shortlisted Nominees


Paradip Refinery, India

What is it?

A 54,000m3/d wastewater treatment plant deploying effluent treatment, water recycling and sludge management technology for the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) refinery in Paradip, Odisha, India.

What has it done?

Wabag provided turnkey execution of the project for the IOCL with Foster Wheeler as Project Management Consultant. Linde provided oxidation system; RO membranes came from Hydranautics and UF membranes from Toray; Arkal provided the carbon adsorption and filtration system; Flowserve made the pumps.

What makes it special?

The refinery’s effluent streams are particularly tough to treat due to their varied and complex composition.


Oily water, stripped sour water, spent caustic, cooling tower blow down, sanitary wastewater and demineralisation plant regeneration waste are separated into three distinct streams for more efficient multi-stage treatment by the facility, including two-stage biological treatment. The spent caustic is treated through low pressure wet air oxidation. Subsequently, the treated effluent is subjected to Ultra Filtration & High Efficiency Reverse Osmosis achieving a consistent recovery rate of around 85%.

The plant follows an environmentally-conscious vision that ensures green performance even in the toughest of conditions. In order to ensure minimal pollution, Wabag implemented a comprehensive treatment model of volatile organic compounds through carbon filters and COD removal from RO reject. Leachate is also collected from the refinery’s landfill and treated at the plant.


For complete management of the refinery’s water cycle, sludge thickening, dewatering and drying is performed on site, and treated effluent goes on to a Water Recovery Plant for reuse in the refinery’s most critical processes. With this, dependence on freshwater is reduced by over 17,000 ML every year, helping prioritise crucial fresh water resources for irrigation and domestic purposes.


Pengerang Integrated Complex Temporary Mobile Water System, Malaysia

What is it?

A 15,600m3/d mobile water treatment solution that ensured continued operation at Petronas’s strategically vital Pengerang refinery during the construction of a permanent demineralised water treatment facility. The mobile units deploy a range of technologies to create a tailored water supply.

What has it done?

Suez Water Technologies & Solutions Malaysia provided the mobile solution to Petronas, Malaysia’s national oil company while PRPC Utilities & Facilities was building the permanent plant.

What makes it special?

The Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) is Petronas’s most important refinery, unprecedented in scale, complexity and technology, and is supported by multiple associated facilities including a co-generation plant, an LNG re-gasification terminal, a raw water supply plant, and centralised utility facilities. The speedy installation of the mobile system allowed PRPC to quickly deliver desperately needed high-purity demineralised water to meet early demand for steam blowing and other commissioning activities at an incredibly complex site. The high-performance solution with a short setup time was a financial saviour for the client.


Suez’s temporary mobile demin water treatment unit provided the ideal rapid-response solution for the client’s needs. Packaged in 30 containers for seamless transport on sea, rail and road, the mobile solution was set up within just 18 weeks of contract award and make-water was reached just four days after receiving the treated water feed.

The solution’s array of high-end technologies, including filtration, RO, EDI and offsite ion exchange worked flawlessly hand-in-hand night and day to provide the Pengerang complex with as much as 650m3 per hour of demineralised water, which more than met the refinery’s needs.


Tangshan Nanpu Industrial Park reuse plant upgrade, China

What is it?

The renovation and upgrade of a 40,000m3/d water reclamation facility attached to the 80,000m3/d wastewater treatment plant serving Nanpu Industrial Park on the northern coast of Hebei province in China.

What has it done?

GreenTech Environmental funded and built the project for offtaker Sanyou Group. After completion and some months of operation, GreenTech sold the facility to the Resonance Industrial Water Infrastructure Fund while continuing to provide operation services.

What makes it special?

The project benefitted from an innovative investment strategy, with GreenTech selling off the assets to Resonance while retaining plant operation rights thereby securing long time operating revenue from the new owners. The innovative strategy also allowed GreenTech to remain asset-light and able to seek new investment opportunities very rapidly: development, construction, start-up and the sale of the RWP project investment to Resonance were all finalised within one year.

The plant boasts a stable and continuous process with a high recovery rate of 75% despite extremely high levels of hardness and sulphates in the source.


The pretreatment process, through the innovative deploying of high-efficiency biological aeration filter technology, enables both substantial savings in investment and plant footprint.

By turning wastewater from the industrial park into a valuable commodity while still providing industrial water users with cheaper alternatives to surface or groundwater withdrawals, this project has boosted the industrial park’s green credentials and allowed it to forge a path toward greater environmental sustainability. It has reduced demand for sensitive groundwater resources in the area by 15 million m3 per year.


Tata Steel Bara Tertiary Treatment Plant, India

What is it?

A 30,000m3/d tertiary-level treatment plant reclaiming effluent from the Bara wastewater treatment plant in Jamshedpur for reuse by Tata Steel.

What has it done?

Tata Group, the industrial conglomerate which dominates the city of Jamshedpur, contracted its civil utility wing Jusco to build the tertiary treatment facility for offtaker Tata Steel and adjoining industries.

What makes it special?

This project marks a huge step toward fulfilling Tata’s ambition to see its home city of Jamshedpur become the first zero liquid discharge city in India. Since the completion of the facility, the entire city’s collected sewage effluent, from both domestic and industrial sources, is gathered and reused by the city’s extensive industrial complex.

In order to improve the city’s collection rate, Jusco laid 500km of sewers and built ten automated sewage pumping stations and control centres, transforming the sewerage service coverage for the city and proving that industrial demands can dovetail perfectly with vital municipal needs.


In a country where river pollution problems are front-page news, the project has made a massive difference in the fight for the protection of the nearby Subarnarekha river. The new sewerage network has cut the volume of untreated sewage discharge massively, while the supply of reclaimed water to Jamshedpur’s industries has reduced water intake from the river by 16%.


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