Veolia Water Technologies Announces New Partnership with One of the World’s Largest Oleochemical Companies in Indonesia

Wastewater Treatment Solution Significantly Reduces COD and Oil Discharge Levels at Oleochemical Plant

PT Veolia Water Technologies Indonesia announced a new contract award to design and build a wastewater treatment system integrated into a new greenfield oleochemical production plant in Indonesia. This project is a first collaboration between both parties. The wastewater plant will feature integrated proprietary wastewater solutions such as Veolia’s Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) system, Biobed® Advanced EGSB anaerobic and post-aerobic treatment technologies, in order to meet the country’s strict regulations for wastewater discharge.

The group is one of the world’s largest palm oil plantation companies and has integrated operations focused on the production of palm-based edible oil and fat as well as downstream oleochemical production facilities. The new oleochemical production plant will be responsible for hydrogenation, as well as operational functions such as splitting, fracking, and distilling of fatty acids and fatty alcohols for the production of finished palm-based products.

Joko Triyono, Business Development Director, Indonesia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies, shared, “As a leading provider of water and wastewater solutions, Veolia is well aware of the strict discharge limits imposed by local regulations across the markets that we serve. Indonesia’s discharge regulations for chemical oxygen demand (COD) and oil content is capped at 250ppm and 15ppm respectively, so we recommended our Biobed® Advanced EGSB technology, together with other complementary systems, to bring our client’s expected wastewater COD and oil content of 5,500ppm and 10,000ppm down to ranges of less than 160ppm and 10ppm, below the Indonesian regulation standard.”

The Veolia Biobed® Advanced EGSB technology is renowned for its high COD loading rate and efficient COD removal, low energy consumption, and its small footprint. The high-performance anaerobic reactor also promotes stability in maintaining and producing anaerobic granular sludge for effective effluent treatment. In addition, the anaerobic treatment process converts COD in the wastewater to biogas, so the offered technology is highly sustainable. Outperforming other conventional technologies on the market, Veolia’s wide range of technology solutions offers maximum technical advantages for the client.

Michel Otten, Technical Director for Biothane Technologies, Asia Industrial, Veolia Water Technologies, added, “Our positive references in this field and our experience in supporting wastewater facilities were contributive factors that led to this appointment. Additionally, on top of providing functional benefits, our first-in-class wastewater treatment technologies also offer our clients the best combination of capital investment and operational cost. This is Veolia’s first project with this client and this recognition is a reflection of our capabilities in the oleochemical industry. This is a great momentum for any further partnership in developing other projects, more specifically in the field of palm oil derivatives processing plants.”