Protecting the Med with new wastewater treatment plant
By Stephanie Horsman - January 26, 2022
After four years of work, the extension built to augment Monaco’s water treatment capabilities has been completed, increasing purification abilities by over 30% and making run-off cleaner than ever, thus protecting the Med.
State-of-the-art technologies were used when building the extension of Monaco’s wastewater treatment plant, called UTER, located under the Triton building in a 10-story development in the heart of Fontvieille. It is part of the Principality’s commitment to the creation of a sustainable city and the goal to protect both the land and sea from unnecessary pollutants.
The project was initiated in 2108 by the government with the help of Smeaux, the country’s drinking water and water treatment plant concessionaire, and has proved to be a major modernisation project worth the investment.
The plant took four years of work and was undertaken to allow the current plant to continue normal operations. It has increased the purification capacities by over 30% while improving the rejection quality to a level 40% higher than the requirements of the European standard. This puts Monaco near the top of the list amongst countries in terms of protection of the Mediterranean.
Prince Albert II visited the site alongside Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of the Veolia group, Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Bernard Fautrier, Minister Plenipotentiary, and Céline Caron-Dagioni, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism. The Prince expressed his pride in the nation’s biodiversity and resource protection standards.
The new extension facility is the first to be built entirely underground, thus eliminating noise and odour-related issues for the neighbourhood. It treats water not only from the Principality but also from Beausoleil, part of Cap d’Ail and La Turbie, before depositing the run-off 800m off the coast at a depth of 100m.
The extension has been designed to raise treatment capacity from a population of 100 to 130,000, meeting Monaco’s sanitation needs today and well in to the future.
Photo by Michael Alesi, Government Communication Department
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[caption id="attachment_18145" align="alignnone" width="2700"] Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Hani Farsi, Daryl Foster, HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, Sir Stelios Haji-loannou, Patrick Bini, Director of CHPG and Roger Shine, Chairperson of the Strategic Committee of the Friends of the CHPG Foundation. Photo: Eric Mathon/Palais Princier[/caption]
A private lunch was held at the Yacht Club of Monaco on Friday, 9 June 2017, in the presence of HRH Princess Caroline of Hanover, in her capacity as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the CHPG Foundation, the Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Didier Gamerdinger and the Director of the Princess Grace Hospital, Patrick Bini.
Orchestrated by Roger Shine, Chairperson of the Strategic Committee of the Friends of the CHPG Foundation, the event was in honour of the generous donor residents who have recently supported the Princess Grace Hospital through the Friends of the CHPG Foundation.
The occasion provided an opportunity to thank and pay tribute to donor residents, including Sir Stelios Haji-loannou, Daryl Foster and Hani Farsi.
As a reminder, the aim of the Friends of the CHPG Foundation, which was founded by Sovereign Order in 2014, is to enable generous patrons to support the implementation of innovative solutions to patient care at the Hospital. It enables donors from the private sector, who so wish, to contribute actively and in a practical way to the development of innovative technologies and the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment.
In line with the advice of donor Lord Irvine Laidlaw (absent from photo), and with the support of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the CHPG Foundation, Roger Shine reminded those present that "The association's project would not be possible without the contribution of these successful men and women, these generous philanthropists, to whom we pay tribute today."
Daniela Boutsen of Boutsen Design personally oversaw the table setting for the special lunch, which took place in the yacht club's Private Dinning Room.