Mapal Green Energy Ltd., an Israel wastewater treatment technology developer based in Nesher, signed a contract with the Peruvian water company SEDAPAL to install a pilot system in one of Lima’s 18 treatment plants, with an understanding that the 17 others will follow if the first brings success, the company announced on Sunday.

“We signed an agreement with them to upgrade a model in one of the wastewater treatment plants,” Zeev Fisher, Mapal’s vice president of business development, told The Jerusalem Post, noting that the company is planning to install the system in the next month or so. “This is like a demonstration, and then they plan to expand it in phases to all of the 18 stations.” The system has the potential to bring a 70 percent reduction in operational and maintenance costs to Lima’s wastewater treatment stations, Fisher said. Mapal’s method focuses on “the biological portion of wastewater treatment,” and pumps oxygen from the air into a floating, “fine-bubble” aeration system that can be used in many different types of locations, according to Fisher.

Fisher estimates that the total 18-station upgrade will cost SEDAPAL between $60 million and $70 million, and he hopes to partner with a larger Peruvian infrastructure company for the implementation process.

Meanwhile, he said, Mapal is also in final negotiations with a South African company for wastewater treatment system installations.

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