The sewage plant at Jan Thiel & Papagayo Beach Resort Curaçao was outdated, with some serious operational problems, including several non-functioning components. As a consequence, the treatment process was failing to meet even the most basic standards for secondary water treatment at a site where the water needed to meet the highest standards. The situation was made worse by an influent flow which was higher than the capacity the plant could handle.
Solving the problems required some innovative solutions. The plant was located in a harsh environment where it was difficult to source specialist parts and components, so control systems needed to be simple, robust and based on equipment and technology with a proven track record of reliability.
Through every stage of the project the contractors building the new plant would also need to ensure that the plant would still operate effectively and provide a method for discharging sewage towards the existing wastewater plant to avoid any contamination of open water or nearby land. This required the installation of temporary pipelines, hoses and pumps.