Ballycotton Waste Water Treatment Plant, Co Cork

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Glanua spearheaded a €16 million investment project in Ballycotton, East Cork, to construct a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant. The initiative, backed by Uisce Eireann, aimed to address environmental concerns by constructing new infrastructure. The project encompassed the construction of a new treatment plant, two pumping stations, the installation of 1.4km of pipeline, and the provision of a secure outfall pipe for the treated wastewater discharge into Ballycotton Bay.
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Glanua faced a critical challenge in selecting materials for various components of the wastewater treatment plant, especially those exposed to the corrosive coastal environment. Given the proximity to the sea, traditional materials like steel were deemed unsuitable due to their susceptibility to corrosion and high maintenance costs. Glanua needed a cost-effective, anti-corrosive, and safe solution for handrails, stairs, and access platforms to ensure the longevity and safety of the infrastructure.


Having previously collaborated on numerous successful projects, Glanua turned to Relinea for their expertise in providing high-performance GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) products tailored for water and sewage treatment industries. Recognising the specific needs of the Ballycotton project, Relinea proposed the use of GRP handrails, stairs, and access platforms. Here’s why this solution was ideal:


Cost-Effective: GRP offers a cost-effective alternative to steel, providing significant savings without compromising on performance. The overall project cost was optimised, allowing for efficient resource allocation.


Anti-Corrosive Properties: GRP’s inherent resistance to corrosion made it the perfect choice for the coastal setting of Ballycotton. Unlike steel, GRP does not rust, ensuring a longer lifespan and minimal maintenance requirements.


Safety Assurance: The installation of GRP handrails, stairs, and access platforms contributed to a safer working environment.


By choosing Relinea’s GRP solutions, Glanua successfully addressed the challenges posed by the coastal environment, ensuring the durability, safety, and cost-effectiveness of the wastewater treatment plant. The project’s success showcases the benefits of innovative materials in infrastructure development. Installing the wastewater treatment plant marks a significant milestone in ending the discharge of raw sewage into Ballycotton Bay, emphasising the positive impact of sustainable solutions in wastewater treatment.



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