TotalEnergies aims to save 9 billion liters of drinking water annually in Antwerp

TotalEnergies wants to eventually save 9 billion litres of drinking water annually by using sustainable process water for its industrial sites in Antwerp. The energy giant has concluded a long-term agreement with the water company Water-link to this end, both companies said in a joint press release on Friday.

Under the name Waterkracht, Water-link is developing a cooling water plant together with the circular water company Ekopak and the Flemish investment company PMV that will be able to upgrade waste water treated by Aquafin to cooling water. The plant will produce 20 billion litres of water per year, which is equivalent to the water consumption of 600,000 inhabitants. The project is scheduled to be operational by 2025.

The agreement between TotalEnergies and Water-link makes TotalEnergies the largest customer for the circular process water, it says. Annually, 9 billion litres, the equivalent of the water use of 280,000 inhabitants, of circular process water will be purchased.

"With this new long-term contract with Water-link, TotalEnergies in Antwerp will use sustainable process water and reduce its fresh water consumption by 90 percent. We will thus contribute significantly to the Flemish government's Blue Deal project to tackle drought and water scarcity," explains Jacques Beuckelaers, CEO of TotalEnergies Antwerp.



The Total oil refinery at the Antwerp harbor. - © BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

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