Deminwater network Rotterdam Harbour

The Rotterdam Harbour area has a wide deminwater network of more than 40 kilometres, that is fed by the deminwater factories in the Botlek area and on the Maasvlakte. The deminet was set up in the 1960s during the development of the Rotterdam Harbour. Through the years the system has been adapted to the developing demand of water, driven by the economic development of the Netherlands and Western Europe.

Infrastructure Project Manager Merel Forman from Evides talks about the specific activities that she manages: “In response to a risk inventory, the decision was made to replace the critical pipe parts (PVC from before 1978) in the duplicated deminet. In the last quarter of 2018 we started replacing 10 kilometres of PVC pipes with new Polyethylene (PE) pipes, to ensure the reliability of the deminet in the Botlek and Europort. In addition, the deminet is being extended and optimised. The activities are carried out in phases so that the reliability and supply of deminwater is guaranteed for the customers.”

The Rotterdam Harbour area is heavily developed both above and below ground. Merel Forman explains what is involved in carrying out such a project. “Look before you leap, is a proverb that is relevant for this project. A good alignment with all stakeholders is essential. The interaction with customers, other infra companies, licensing authorities and the harbour authorities requires constant attention”.

The implementation of the replacement of the pipe network is progressing according to schedule and will be finished at the end of 2019.

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