Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim and SUEZ launch complex of biological treatment facilities

Along with SUEZ, Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim refinery, a Rosneft-affiliated company, inaugurated its biological treatment plant, Bashneft key nature protection facility, the world’s largest industrial facility using membrane bioreactor (MBR) and electrodialysis reversal (EDR) technologies.

The complex, located in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, employs the most advanced technologies, and is able to treat up to 84 million litres of wastewater per day – making it unprecedented in the arena of industrial wastewater treatment and enabling water reuse.

SUEZ supplied the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim biological treatment plant with its ZeeWeed* MBR membranes, EDR and reverse osmosis (RO) equipment, and will provide services as part of a 15-year long-term service contract to ensure reliable operation of equipment and an uninterrupted guaranteed replacement of membranes.

The MBR technology has significantly improved treatment efficiency by passing water through microscopic pores of membranes, removing impurities and microorganisms. Further treatment is performed with SUEZ’s EDR, RO and ion exchange technologies to ensure treated wastewater compliance with the toughest discharge and reuse regulations and to minimise the waste streams disposal.

“Environmental care is an absolute priority for the company,” Igor Sechin, chief executive officer of PJSC Rosneft, said. “We solve this problem at all stages of the production chain: From geological prospecting to processing and distribution. I believe that commissioning of a modern biological treatment plant —a large-scale environmental protection facility using the world best technologies for water treatment —will be a significant event not only for the company and the Republic of Bashkortostan, but for the whole country.”

As part of the long-term service contract for the wastewater treatment plant, SUEZ is providing advanced asset performance management with its InSight* platform. InSight combines data and analytics to maximise performance, minimise unplanned downtime, lower operating costs and deliver better business outcomes.

“This plant is a shining example of how advanced water treatment technologies, combined with superior service and system performance, serve the interests of society, the environment and business,” Heiner Markhoff, chief executive officer (CEO) of SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, added. “This is a significant project for the country, the region and the water industry, and we look forward to working for the next 15 years to help to optimise processes and meet water sustainability goals.”


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