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Ukraine: A consortium of Cambi and Slovenian engineering company Riko has been awarded a contract to build a thermal hydrolysis sludge processing plant in the city of Lviv.

The municipality of Lviv has decided to build a new sludge treatment facility with biogas production, based on Cambi’s thermal hydrolysis process followed by advanced anaerobic digestion. The total contract value is €31.5 million. “This project will make sewage sludge treatment in one of Ukraine’s major cities far more sustainable. For Cambi this is a strategic breakthrough in Ukraine, a large and promising market,” said Eirik Fadnes, CEO of Cambi Group.

Lvivvodokanal, the Lviv city’s communal enterprise for water and wastewater, will finance the new plant with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the John Nurminen Foundation and the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P).

Lviv has approximately 720,000 inhabitants and the effluent is discharged in the Poltva river, which flows into the Baltic Sea. Currently, the sewage sludge collected from the city is landfilled, releasing greenhouse gases and high phosphorus and nitrogen loads that pollute the Baltic Sea. The project will reduce nutrient pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions by 128,600 tonnes CO2 annually. This is equivalent to removing about 90,000 cars from the streets of Lviv. The biosolids product will have exceptional quality and be free of pathogens, making it suitable for land application.

The thermal hydrolysis and biogas plants are scheduled for handover in 2023, with works commencing in December 2020.

Cambi is a global technology and solutions supplier for sustainable biosolids management at wastewater treatment plants. Since 1992, Cambi has developed a proven and patented core technology, built strong marketing, sales and support capabilities and a portfolio of well-performing thermal hydrolysis plants globally. The thermal hydrolysis process increases renewable biogas energy output, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and destroys pathogens and other harmful substances, which enables the production of excellent quality organic fertilizers and various soil products.

Riko, as an internationally established engineering company, combines its international experience in planning and executing projects in the areas of technological equipment, energy-power systems, environmental protection, logistics systems and civil construction, with the highest standards of expertise and exact and careful consideration of our clients’ expectations. With focus on engineering and as representatives of European manufacturers with strong reputation, Riko has long experience delivering efficient, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technologies in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia and European Union countries.

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