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India has had to face huge challenges when it comes to managing its water supplies. This can be put down to a number of factors including the rapid growth of its population, its industrial sector and its cities. These challenges can only be overcome with help from the private sector and this is precisely what REMONDIS Aqua has been doing on the subcontinent for a number of years now.
REMONDIS Aqua India was founded in 2009 and is based in Pune, a city with over a million inhabitants in the west of the country and one of the main IT and automobile centres in India. REMONDIS manages all of its activities from here which now not only cover the whole of the state of Maharashtra but can also, increasingly, be found in the neighbouring states of Gujarat, Goa and Rajasthan. A total of almost 250 million people live in this important economic region.
REMONDIS Aqua India's team in Pune
REMONDIS Aqua’s ever increasing circle of customers in India includes both industrial businesses and local authorities. As their partner, REMONDIS offers its expertise helping them to plan, build and operate water management facilities. Thanks to this service, which is generally known simply as BOT (build, operate, transfer), REMONDIS has built up a strong reputation on the Indian market within just a few years.
Just one example of the comprehensive range of activities performed by REMONDIS is wastewater treatment in the booming automobile sector, whose industrial wastewater is treated using complex chemical/physical and biological processes. Here, for example, REMONDIS planned and built and now operates a wastewater treatment facility for Volkswagen India at its production plant in Pune helping to provide its customer with an efficient water management system.
The company also serves well-known customers in the IT sector including JABIL, a large American company specialising in efficient production processes. Having taken part in a project to extend and convert the water management facility at JABIL’s electronics production plant in Pune, REMONDIS is now responsible for operating the equipment. This modern facility, which uses membrane technology, began operating at full capacity in October of this year.
For more than two years now, REMONDIS has been responsible for running a biological wastewater treatment facility at the chemicals company, Lanxess. The facility is located at its plant in Jhagadia in the Indian state of Gujarat where it is used to treat the production water there. Last year, REMONDIS was awarded an additional contract by Lanxess to build a facility to treat sanitary wastewater at the same location. It completed this project in April 2013 and has also been operating it since then.
REMONDIS Aqua has been using its extensive international experience to realise a wastewater treatment project in the Indian sugar industry. Its project partner here is DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft), a company belonging to the KfW banking group.
India is also making good progress when it comes to municipal water projects. Not long ago, for example, REMONDIS was put in charge of operating a new drinking water processing plant in Netivali, north east of Mumbai. The plant had been built by a local company on behalf of the city authorities and REMONDIS took over operations in September. With a daily capacity of 150,000 cubic metres, the facility can supply around 1.2 million inhabitants with water.
State-of-the-art sewage treatment plants, such as the one in Pune shown here, are becoming increasingly important in India as freshwater sources are slowly disappearing
There are clear reasons why REMONDIS is able to operate so successfully in India which has such a complex and highly competitive market. Thomas Block, General Manager at REMONDIS Aqua International, explained: “Our main advantage is that we are able to unite international know-how and modern technology with local resources. We can guarantee reliable facility operations and we have an excellent record when it comes to environmental protection and sustainability.”
In the future, REMONDIS will be going yet another step further in India. The company will make it possible for its customers to use their biogenic waste and sewage sludge to produce their own electricity. Considering the local conditions, such solutions are really important: they help to counteract the frequent power cuts there and provide a sustainable and reliable supply of electricity for the plants.
In cooperation with the German company GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), REMONDIS has drawn up a strategy to treat municipal waste in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The government there is currently discussing ways of implementing this strategy in order to solve the problems they are having to face in this sector.