New Hydria Water CEO

Hydria Water’s new CEO is Robert Bjursten, who has a degree in mechanical engineering and experience of international work, development, and production. He has done business and undertaken commissions all over the world, with a focus on China, Russia, South Africa, India, and the Middle East. He will soon take up a position as the CEO of Hydria Water.

– The Hydria Water CEO position felt like a great fit for me; the products suited me, and it felt as if the position had a great deal of potential. Working on the export market is a challenge, and successful ventures could strongly influence operations within a very short time – which is an incentive, to my mind!

Robert has a solid CV that includes important positions at, among other companies, Volvo and Sveba Dahlen. He most recently worked as the CEO of Hagab.

– I’m leaving with a very positive feeling after just over two years at Hagab, where I placed a great deal of focus on sales, organisation, and product development.

At Hydria Water, Robert will make it his priority to ensure that activities are streamlined, to continue to build a strong organisation, and to maintain a focus on increased sales, primarily in exports.

– What is most important to me is having the right people around me. We are going to work energetically and systematically to develop our share of the export market, while at the same time maintaining pressure on the domestic market.

If we are able to maintain our position on the domestic market we will gain more power to grow on the export side, and if we grow on the export side we will gain greater opportunities on the domestic market – it will all be like a positive loop!

Robert will begin his new role as CEO at Hydria Water on April 1, 2020, after concluding his contract with Hagab, and will take over from Martin Jingnäs, who will instead become product manager for VA Teknik Sweden. During the autumn and winter, Robert has had lunch with several of his future coworkers in order to get to know his new company and colleagues.

– It feels as if everyone has a great deal of positivity, and motivation to put this to good use. All we have to do is find the right focus, so that we all want the same things, and prioritise so that we do the right things in the right order!


New mobile installation technicians

VA Teknik Sweden is proud to present their newly appointed travelling assemblers Jimmy Petersson and Jerry Sivula, who recently joined our family.

– The reason I applied for a position at VA Teknik was my concern for the environment. What better way of helping to make the world a better place than by taking care of the most important thing we have – water – by working on its purification? Jerry says.

A warm welcome to both!

We now save 500 kg of plastic and 4 tonnes of steel every year

Hydria Water works actively to reduce its ecological footprint, and over the course of

the last year has developed two innovative product improvements that will have a large effect on the company’s environmental impact.

– For all our plastic chain scrapers, we deliver a wear component called a ‘wearshoe’, which protects the scrapers and extends their life from around two years to twenty. We deliver roughly 10,000 of these units every year, and began to investigate whether we could reduce the amount of plastic required says Andreas Riedel, Technical Manager for all of Hydria Water companies.

The old component weighed 189 g, but using simulation tools and field tests

a new wearshoe was developed. This weighs just 113 g, but has the same strength.

– This means that over the course of a normal year we will save 500 kg of plastic!

The new wearshoe is also equipped with three grooves that clearly show the degree of wear; this is in contrast to the earlier version, which had a plain surface and required manual measurements to determine the wear and when it should be replaced. Parallel to the work to develop the new wearshoe, a new idler shaft holder that holds up the plastic chain scraper system was also developed. This is significantly lighter than the original model but can handle the same load (even more), and has successfully been tested in the field.

– The old one weighed 11.4 kg and the new one only 4.1 kg, which means we save four tonnes of steel per year.

Producing steel involves the emission of large amounts of CO2, meaning that it has a large environmental impact. Our industry focuses on purifying water to create a cleaner world – if we do not look to ourselves and what we as foreground figures do, we would be very presumptuous!


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Happy Holidays from everyone at Hydria Water! We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

Supervision in Hong Kong

Hydria Water recently visited Hong Kong to assist with the bringing into operation of the six mechanical-step type screens that had been delivered to the Kwun Tong Sewage Treatment Works.

– This one of our largest Cross Screen installations so far in terms of size. We were there before the commissioning took place, inspecting the machines and checking that the installation had been performed correctly before the treatment works came online, and participated in this process, Philip Carlsson, Sales Engineer at Hydria Water, says.

Hydria Water also visited consultants, the Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works, and the Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Food Market, to which Hydria Water have made large deliveries.

Mobile inlet screen system for the Sjölunda Wastewater Treatment Plant

Sjölunda is one of Sweden’s largest wastewater treatment plants, and collects the wastewater from the homes of 300,000 people. During the expansion of the plant there were problems with delays, and VA Syd chose to rent a mobile inlet screen system from Hydria Water.

 The Sjölunda Wastewater Treatment Plant is situated in the northern part of the port of Malmö, and receives roughly seven bathtubs (c. 1,350 litres) of wastewater per second. The plant was opened in 1963, and due to climate change and an increase in population it is currently being rebuilt in order to be able to handle larger volumes. Due to delays, VA Syd (an association of local utilities authorities in south-west Sweden) experienced operations-related problems and consulted Hydria Water regarding potential solutions.

– The renovation of the existing inlet was delayed, and the new biological treatment step could not be put into operation as the Sjölunda plant’s existing screens were not effective enough. We suggested a mobile inlet screen system as a temporary solution, which has worked out very well for the client, says Philip Carlsson at Hydria Water.

The mobile inlet screen system was installed in May and will be in place until the end of the year, when Sjölunda’s new inlet with screening panels will be completed.

– We also recently sold a mobile inlet screen system to Iceland, and have had quite a few other requests. Many have realised that this is a very good solution in emergency situations and as a temporary measure during the renovation of wastewater treatment plants.

Mechanical step-type screen for the Kwun Tong Preliminary Treatment Works

Recently, Hydria Water has received more interest than usual from Asia, and currently has several parallel projects and inquiries ongoing.

– We are responding to a large number of inquiries from Asia at the moment. It is a very important part of the world for us and challenging as the large population makes for extremely large flows to handle. This requires us to design and build large machines with the right capacity, Rikard Karlsson at Hydria Water says.

The Kwun Tong Preliminary Treatment Works is one of the larger projects and is currently undergoing an extensive upgrade. For Hydria Water this means that the order will be fulfilled in three deliveries, the last of which will be completed in 2020, including a total of six mechanical step-type screens.

– The channels are four metres deep, and we are building machines with a discharge height of 5.5 metres.

Hydria Water purifies Hong Kong’s harbour

The Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works in Hong Kong is a much-discussed project that has attracted a great deal of excitement, and to which Hydria Water delivered Mellegård & Naij’s products for several years. Soon, the last shipment to the sewage treatment works will leave our premises in Skövde, Sweden.

The Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works is one of the world’s largest, treating roughly 2.5 million cubic metres of water every day from roughly 5.7 million people. This, together with the Changi Water Reclamation Plant in Singapore, is some of the largest project Hydria Water has ever undertaken.– It means a great deal to us to be contributing to such a large and amazing project that everyone in the industry is talking about. Our machines have been installed throughout the inlet and in the subsequent screenings handling process, and we will soon complete our last delivery, Rikard Karlsson at Hydria Water says.

– We have delivered eight Cross Screen XS mechanical-step type screens and eight conveyors. As the sewage treatment works is intended to handle large flows the channels are three metres deep, which meant that we had to build a mechanical step-type screen with a discharge height of 4.5 metres – which is among the highest we have ever delivered. The dimensions of the conveyors were between 7.5 and 15 metres, Rikard explains.

Over the course of the project, documentation and photography during manufacturing have been very important. This is particularly true prior to shipping, which takes 45 days from harbour to harbour.

– We sent a first test shipment. The client was satisfied with our products, considered them to be of high quality and wanted more of our machines, which of course felt very good. We have visited the site several times, among other times during the test run, when the flow was tripled so as to really test our machines!

The Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works has undergone upgrades and alterations in several steps so as to achieve a cleaner environment in Victoria Harbour.

Step 1
During the first step, 23 kilometres of tunnels were dug underground in order to connect the seven water reclamation plants of Kowloon, Tsing Yi, Kwai Chung, Tseung Kwan O, and eastern Hong Kong Island to the Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works, with the goal of purifying 75% of the wastewater in the harbour area on Stonecutters Island.

Step 2
During Step 2, eight water reclamation plants from northern to southwestern Hong Kong Island were connected, via 21 kilometres of underwater tunnels beneath the harbour basin, to Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works, which at the same time was expanded and upgraded to handle the increased flow. Since of the completion of this step, 100% of the wastewater from the area around the harbour has been treated at the Stonecutters Island Sewage Treatment Works.

Large order from Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Food Market

Cheung Sha Wan is a large food market in central Hong Kong to which Hydria Water is to deliver four Centerscreen CG and two Multiscreen Rake MR, which are to be used to treat raw water for tanks containing live fish. The machines are eight metres high and, due to the low ceiling height and constraints of the indoor space, will have to be assembled on-site and shipped from Sweden in parts.

– Shipping our products in parts forces us to think innovatively and in new ways in relation to a simple assembly, but at the same time this method saves a great deal of shipping space and we are able to ship the machines in one container instead of three. We will be on site to perform supervision during the assembly, and a delegation will also visit us in Sweden to learn more about the assembly process and the machines, Marko Kunerus Sales Manager at Hydria Water says.

Hydria Water purifies snow removed from the streets of Oslo

Due to stricter environmental requirements, Oslo no longer has the option to simply dump the snow removed from the city’s streets in the fjord, as has been done in the past. The Terje snow-melting system is a climate-smart pilot project that NCC has developed on a commission by the City of Oslo, and purifies snow using Hydria Water’s screens.

Terje weighs 500 tonnes, is 50 metres long and 26.5 metres wide, and operates at a depth of 3.5 metres below the surface of the quay near the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, where it is docked from mid-December to March. During the high season, snow is dumped into Terje’s intake grills on the deck of the barge by up to 20 fully loaded lorries per hour, then purified in several steps. Sea water is used to melt the snow. Up to 1000 cubic metres of water is collected from a depth of 24 metres, where the water temperature is typically between 4 and 10°C in the winter. At a sea water temperature of 9°C, it is possible to melt roughly 1000 cubic metres of snow per hour; if it drops to 4°C, the rate of melting is approximately 500 cubic metres per hour.

The efficiency of the purification process is 70% on average, and over 90% of the heavy metals in the snow are removed. The first step is a sedimentation process, in which stones and gravel are screened out when the snow is mixed with sea water and run through Hydria Water’s screens. The water is then transported through purification channels equipped with micro filters and lamella clarifiers. Over a tonne of oil per season is also screened out before the purified water is eventually released back into the fjord.


Foto: Odd Richard Valmot/NCC