This year, ASE (Aqua Services & Engineering) is turning 20, and since merging with Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa in 2008, has undergone major growth in Namibia's water and wastewater industry. Originally four staff members, the company has grown under the leadership of Chris Stöck into a formidable team of 62 - providing a full range of water solutions and services that use the latest technologies and environmental best practices.
The company's top achievements include the turnkey 156 mega litre per day Von Bach treatment plant outside Okahandja. In 2013, the company was awarded a number of high-profile projects throughout the country:
- African Barrick Gold has awarded a 480 m3/day plant for treating wastewater generated by 3 200 local residents to ASE, who is responsible for supplying and installing the mechanical and electrical equipment. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
- In Swakopmund, ASE has started working on a partly containerised plant for treating effluent generated by up to 4 000 people - also for completion by the end of 2013.
- The Otjikoto Gold Mine by mining house, B2Gold Corp, has received a 45 m3/day domestic sewage treatment plant. Using the ASE-developed trickling filter technology, the plant is able to treat sewage generated by 300 residents to high standards for surface discharge.
- ASE has helped the Oshikunde Secondary School to upgrade and re-use sewage generated by 1 200 people to irrigate the school's new soccer field. The school's drinking water is also treated to remove high levels of fluoride and to reduce the pH at a rate of 85 m3/day, using an activated alumina bed and dosing.
- At the trans-Kalahari border post, ASE is completing a turnkey 100 m3/day sewage treatment plant, but has accommodated a future extension to 150 m3/day into the original design.
With access to leading technologies from within the global Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies network, as well as a number of pioneered solutions tailored to the needs of the Namibian water industry, ASE's capabilities continue to go from strength to strength.