Bahrain's $367m Tubli plant revamp underway

21 January 2020

A major upgrade to Bahrain’s largest wastewater treatment plant will be completed by January 2022. The fourth and final phase of the BD 138.1M project at the Tubli Wastewater Treatment Plant has already started and will include multiple treatments of sewage water for agriculture use, along with incinerating sludge and ensuring the remaining water disposed at the protected Tubli Bay is harmless and odorless. 

Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry’s sanitary engineering operation and maintenance director Shawqi Mandeel said the revamp will increase the plant’s capacity from 200,000 cubic metres per day to 400,000 cubic metres per day.

He revealed yesterday during the weekly majlis of the Capital Trustees Board that the plant was currently dealing with an overflow income of 330,000 cubic metres daily.

Mr. Mandeel also said construction work on new facilities at the plant is costing BD 77.9M, while maintenance and operational costs are around BD 60.2M.

“The moment the new modernisation project will be ready by the end of January 2022, the ministry will start incinerating sludge and work to clean up the clutter covering the bay through safe hi-tech methods, which are currently under study,” said Mr. Mandeel.

The plant expansion is being jointly funded by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as part of the Gulf Development Programme.