A large amount of the world’s wastewater remains untreated, causing widespread water pollution that directly affects health and wellbeing. Having helped many clients within the EU to improve their wastewater systems and achieve compliance with the Union’s standards, we’re now applying our knowledge to help new and aspiring members to improve their own wastewater infrastructure.
In Turkey, we are currently delivering three separate projects to support the country’s application for EU membership by improving infrastructure for water, wastewater and water treatment. These three projects, in Ordu, Siverek and Bulancak, are designed to speed up the country’s accession to the EU by improving water quality and reducing pollution.
This project, in Ordu on the Black Sea coast in the north of Turkey, will contribute towards Turkey’s accession to the EU by contributing to compliance with EU environmental laws and environment protection.
Ordu has been identified by the Danube Black Sea Task Force (DABLAS) as a 'hot spot' with an urgent need for a wastewater treatment plant with all necessary supplements, such as the rehabilitation and extension of sewer and water supply networks. Therefore this project was identified as a measure to be co-financed by the EU programme adapted for Turkey within the regulation prepared by the European Commission establishing an Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).
Cengiz Kansu, Project Director, explains: "WYG Turkey has been operational for more than 10 years and we have been involved in many EU-funded projects, which have generally been focused on socio-economic issues. In the past few years we’ve successfully tendered for these three water projects, which have strong need for WYG’s technical capabilities and knowledge of wastewater."
"Ordu and our other two water projects, namely Siverek and Bulancak, are very interesting because they don’t just require us to help redesign and improve the infrastructure for water, wastewater and water treatment. A key additional requirement is that we assist these municipalities to modernize their water utility department so that it becomes an entity that can work at an international level in line with the EU standards."
Supporting a major infrastructure renewal
The construction elements of the project are in two separate contracts:
Works Contract 1 (WC1) – Construction of Ordu Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and retrofitting of the existing Kumbasi WWTP, and
Works Contract 2 (WC2) – Rehabilitation of the water supply and sewer networks. Design of these works has been completed as part of our scope and includes rehabilitation of 71km of water supply pipelines and 30km of wastewater pipes.
In addition to these construction works there are other elements to the overall project to ensure that the assets constructed can be successfully operated and maintained in the future by the Ordu Municipality who are the beneficiary of the project.
These other project elements and our scope of works include:
Strength in depth in technical expertise
Our technical strength in the water and wastewater sectors is demonstrated by our work in Northern Ireland where, for over eight years, we have managed Northern Ireland Water’s Integrated Wastewater Framework for the Eastern Region.
The framework was set up to reduce the risk of flooding and improve the quality of both water and the country’s shorelines. In 2004, when we were first appointed, Northern Ireland Water was facing the prospect of financial penalties for non-compliance with EU Directives on treatment standards. We helped them to assess, design, procure, administer and supervise some £113m of new and upgraded wastewater infrastructure which delivered not only legal compliance but also cleaner shorelines and safer bathing waters for the local community.
Our WYG Project Director says: "Over the years we have delivered numerous high profile schemes under the framework ranging from pumping station and treatment works upgrades to flood alleviation works, marine outfalls, energy efficiency schemes, methane capture and sludge treatment works. Many projects have been delivered despite challenging ground conditions, various operational constraints and works in environmentally sensitive areas."
“WYG has been a strategic source of expertise in helping Northern Ireland Water tackle the challenges of environmental compliance and reducing the risk of flooding. Their professional approach, resourcefulness and partnering has been crucial in the successful completion of these major capital projects”
Bill Gowdy, Director of Engineering Procurement, NIWater