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BTA International and OTV in joint development deal

OTV S.A., a subsidiary of France-headed Veolia Water Systems, and BTA International GmbH, a Germany-based anaerobic digestion technology company, have signed an exclusive agreement for the joint development of waste treatment facilities in France. The plants will be able to treat municipal solid waste (MSW), source segregated organics, household-type commercial waste as well as sewage sludge by anaerobic digestion to recover the energy value of the organic fraction.

OTV is specialized in the design and build for drinking water, wastewater, industrial water and sludge treatment plants. Given the promising market perspectives for anaerobic digestion facilities and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants in general and in France in particular, OTV aims to extend its activities to the sector of waste treatment.

– BTA is an ideal partner for us. We can perfectly integrate the BTA technology into our plants to improve efficiency and obtain the ability to offer a solid wet digestion process, said Jérémie Riche, Business Development Manager Waste Treatment, OTV.

A wholly owned subsidiary of German biogas technology developers Agraferm Technologies AG, BTA International has developed a novel hydro-mechanical pre-treatment step that enables the efficient removal of impurities upfront the wet anaerobic digestion step. Currently three facilities with the BTA process are being operated by companies within the Veolia Group and are located in Australia, Spain and Canada.

– We expect the partnership with OTV to be a perfect fit for a successful market entry in France – currently one of the most dynamic markets for anaerobic digestion plants in Europe, commented Eike Liekweg, Managing Director of BTA and COO of Agraferm Technologies AG.

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