Eindhoven pumping station: multidisciplinary support for modernisation
Waterproductiebedrijf Eindhoven is the largest groundwater treatment plant in the Netherlands and a major supplier of drinking water. Its installations are in need of renewal. Owner of the plant, Brabant Water, hired several engineering firms to work together with their own team of engineers in tackling this challenge. Witteveen+Bos took the lead, in collaboration with the in-house team, in preparing the electrical engineering designs and specifications, also providing support.
The electrical engineering element formed one component of a multidisciplinary project involving both new-build and renovation tasks related to water processes as well as (low- and medium-voltage) energy supplies. Besides electrical engineering, Witteveen+Bos also provided expertise related to civil and mechanical engineering and construction.
What did we do?
The project in Eindhoven was divided into three subprojects:
- the renovation of groundwater extraction sites at three locations around Eindhoven
- the construction of a new treatment plant
- the construction and renovation of storage and distribution facilties
The overarching element of these subprojects was a review of the energy supply, with Witteveen+Bos acting as lead engineer. The activities related to this task can be divided up as follows:
- design and quotation requests for new 10kV infrastructure
- design and quotation requests for new 10kV substation
- specifications for new emergency power generators
The engineers from Witteveen+Bos reinforced Brabant Water’s own engineering team on a temporary basis. This allowed the client to benefit from our multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise stemming, for example, from similar projects and solutions at other drinking water companies, but also in relation to 10kV grids. This helped the in-house engineers approach challenges with a broad perspective.
Following an inventory and the consideration of available options, Brabant Water chose to introduce a number of sustainability measures at its new and renovated facilities. Transformers that use biodegradable oil, for instance, were chosen to be used for the first time. For this particular sustainability adaptation, Witteveen+Bos played a facilitating role in the lead engineering.