Veolia receives distinction for innovative crystalliser project

The Ambatovy mine is set to become the world's largest producer of lateritic nickel.

The VWS South Africa-designed and constructed crystalliser at Ambatovy Mine in Madagascar has received an award of distinction from one of the world's leading water technology authorities, the Global Water Intelligence Awards. The distinction, which falls under the Industrial Water Project of the Year category, was handed to Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies at the annual awards ceremony, in Spain (April 2013).

One of the largest evaporation and crystallisation plants in the world and capable of drying up to 210 000 tons ammonium sulphate per annum, the plant has been labelled one of the most advanced technical achievements in the field of industrial wastewater.

The Veolia-built water treatment plant ensures the value of the ammonium sulphate by-product is viably harnessed.

Each year, the coveted Global Water Intelligence Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, where the industry's top managers acknowledge achievements in the international water industry from within several categories, including water company of the year, desalination company of the year, and other notable water treatment projects.

"We are proud to have been awarded such a prestigious accolade, and will continue to bring innovative technologies to improve wastewater treatment technologies," Gunter Rencken, Managing Director of Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies South Africa said of the achievement.