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El Catllar, a district just south of the Catalonian capital, Barcelona, is not only home to Spain’s largest prison but also to REMONDIS Aqua’s subsidiary, OMS SACEDE S.A.U. – which recently opened up a new office here. On 24 April, Daniel Martinez, managing director of OMS SACEDE, was joined by the Catalonian Environmental Minister Josep Rull i Andreu and the Catalonian Justice Minister Carles Mundó to officially open two new sewage treatment facilities in the Spanish district of El Catllar. With the new Mas d’Enric prison expecting to take at least 1,000 prisoners in the future, the Catalonian water board (ACA) had decided to rebuild the district’s sewage treatment plant for its 5,500 local residents. The increase in the local population would have stretched the old sewage treatment plant to its limits.
Justice Minister of the autonomous region Catalonia, Carles Mundó i Blanch (2nd from left), together with representatives of the regional water board, ACA, at the opening of the first new wastewater treatment facility in El Catllar
OMS SACEDE was awarded a contract back in November 2015 to plan and build two new sewage treatment plants in El Catllar and then to operate and maintain them for the first two years – succeeding, therefore, in further strengthening its position on the wastewater sector in Spain. Managing director, Daniel Martinez, was given a budget of just under 4 million euros to complete this work. The first project involved building a biological wastewater treatment facility that uses the activated sludge process. It is located in the west of the district and will, therefore, also be used by the Mas d’Enric prison. The plant has the capacity to treat 1,000m³ a day.
It is responsible for treating all wastewater from the more than 5,500 people living in El Catllar – i.e. both the local residents and the prisoners. The second facility is, by comparison, much smaller and is situated in the east of the district. It, for example, is there to treat wastewater from the old part of the city. The plant consists of a so-called Imhoff tank for the first stage of the wastewater treatment and two biological IMP filters for the second stage. It has the capacity to treat 100m³ a day and has been designed to handle wastewater generated by around 300 people.
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