Royal HaskoningDHV implements Nereda in Ireland

22 October 2015

In a bid to improve the way waste water is dealt with in Ireland, Royal HaskoningDHV and EPS have partnered to construct Nereda technology based plants in Clonakilty, Carrigtohill and Shanbally. The new and refurbished plants use an innovative biological solution to improve treatment outcomes at reduced energy costs and regional footprint.

The European Union Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive came into force in 1991 and lays down requirements on member states to adequately protect sensitive waterways through the treatment of urban and industrial wastewater. It is up to individual member states to develop adequate technique and systems to deal with the waste produced by its citizens and industries.

One such technique is Nereda, a technological solution to the purification of water which uses aerobic granular mass. The technology uses less energy than current systems and has a small footprint. The technology took twenty years to develop and perfect, and provides a leap forward for water treatment options. The technology was developed in the Netherlands by Delft University, the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), the Dutch Water Boards and Royal HaskoningDHV. The technology is being rolled out across the globe, including, among others, in Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa and Switzerland.

Royal HaskoningDHV & EPS implement Nereda in Ireland

The introduction of the technology by Royal HaskoningDHV with partner EPS, one of Ireland’s largest waste treatment providers, will see three plants constructed through the partnership. The plants are all to be built in Ireland’s County Cork region, near the towns of Clonakilty, Carrigtohill and Shanbally.

The treatment plant in Clonakilty, now completed, saw the complete overhaul of the old Irish Water’s Clonakilty plant. The refurbished plant quadruples the old plant’s capacity to 20,000 population equivalent (PE). The second plant will be constructed in Carrigtohill. This plant will have a phase one capacity of 30,000 PE, with the future potential expansion to 45,000 PE in phase 2 and 60,000 PE in phase 3. The plant is being constructed due to increases in local need. The third plant, to be built in Shanbally, near the Cork Lower Harbour area, will have capacity of 60,000 PE. The region currently discharges much untreated waste into the local harbour and this new plant will significantly improve the quality of this water. The Shanbally plant will be completed by 2017.

Jim Palmer, Rene Noppeney

Commenting on the project, Jim Palmer, EPS Technical Director, says: “We are delighted to provide Nereda as the next generation wastewater treatment technology to our clients. Nereda is a cutting-edge development which offers very low cost of ownership to end-users of wastewater treatment plants.”

Royal HaskoningDHV’s Global Director for Water Products and Innovation, René Noppeney, adds: “Together we are providing a sustainable solution to towns and cities facing challenges associated with urbanisation and the demand for good sanitation.”

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Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

24 April 2019

BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines has confirmed a five-year contract with Capgemini to take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services in the UK. The deal will help BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines reduce the cost of IT from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.

Since the firm’s UK profits were found to have halved in 2018, Capgemini has been working to improve its offering and attract new clients. In the summer, the global IT services consultancy combined a number of its creative wings to form Capgemini Invent, while a deal with Amazon Web Services enabled the firm to improve its cost-saving digital offering to clients looking for IT outsourcing work.

In the last year, Capgemini has subsequently won a series of contracts leveraging its IT delivery services on behalf of a variety of entities. The firm partnered with Statoil to deliver digital innovation across the company, as well as taking a role to innovate the fan experience of the Rugby World Cup 7s tournament, and replacing Atos as the IT services provider of McDonald’s

Capgemini provides IT services for BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines

Now, the firm has continued this surge of new business with the confirmation of a partnership with BAE Systems, which will see Capgemini collaborate on a key defence contract. Capgemini’s five-year contract with BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines will see Capgemini take over the provision of a spectrum of IT services for the BAE wing in the UK, including service orchestration, networking, hosting, end-user computing, DevOps, reporting and analytics, automation, and a digital service desk.

BAE Systems has been looking to improve its bottom line in the UK in recent years, and the move is aimed at transforming its Maritime-Submarines business IT delivery, allowing the company to take advantage of innovative digital technologies, create better user experiences, ensure high service availability, and reduce the cost of IT, from its base in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria. Capgemini’s IT solution was selected because of its ability to support the company’s evolving requirements, including the need to further enhance the responsiveness of the IT service, and effectiveness and agility of the delivery model.

Stephen Cole, CIO, BAE Systems Submarines, said, “As we embarked on this critical programme for our Submarines business that will deliver improved agile digital services, world-class service transformation and orchestration capabilities underpinned by very strong references were essential in our selection process. We are confident that Capgemini met these requirements and is the right partner for us. The team really understands where we are trying to get to as a business and its collaborative approach alongside its commitment to developing skills in the local area were paramount to our decision.”

Paul Margetts, Managing Director, UK Business Unit at Capgemini, added, “We are delighted to expand upon our business relationship with BAE Systems. Having worked with the company over the past four years, we have seen the tremendous opportunities for change that this programme presents and are hugely excited to be part of the journey at BAE Systems Maritime-Submarines, to help the company make a step change and satisfy new business requirements. We also look forward to increasing our involvement with the local North West community and Barrow in particular.”