New membrane bioreactor technology used at Spain wastewater treatment plant

GE announced the commissioning of its LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor technology at a wastewater treatment plant owned by a Spanish poultry firm.

Apr 15th, 2013

TREVOSE, PA, April 15, 2013 -- GE (NYSE: GE) announced the commissioning of its LEAPmbr* membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology at a wastewater treatment plant owned by the Spanish poultry processing firm, Procavi S.L. GE's LEAPmbr technology will help Procavi improve water quality and double its water treatment capacity without expanding the existing facility. This is the first industrial LEAPmbr installation in Spain.

Wastewater discharge regulations and water quality standards, along with an increase in factory production, led Procavi to expand its existing wastewater treatment plant. GE's LEAPmbr technology allowed Procavi to increase its water treatment capacity while staying within the same footprint, accommodating an increase in production without expanding the facility. The previous wastewater treatment plant was producing 600 m3/day, while today it can process two times that amount -- 1,200 m3/day -- due to GE's LEAPmbr technology. GE provided the technology to Agua, Energia y Medio Ambiente, Servicios Integrales, S.L. (AEMA), the Spanish engineering, procurement and construction company that is operating the newly expanded wastewater treatment plant for Procavi.

"We were able to easily install the new equipment without increasing the facility's footprint. Additionally, LEAPmbr was a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution that could meet Procavi's expansion needs," said Luis Carlos Martinez, technical director, AEMA.

The Procavi wastewater treatment plant is an upgrade of an existing facility, located in the province of Seville, in southern Spain. The water discharged from the facility will released into the Corbones River, a tributary of Guadalquivir. The new capacity of the upgraded wastewater treatment plant is equivalent to the daily water use of roughly 6,000 people. Once treated, the water will be reused for washing within the production facility and for irrigation.

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