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Phosphorus removal in Kingisepp, Russia

Enhancing wastewater treatment in the city of Kingisepp with chemical phosphorus removal which is the most cost-efficient way to reduce eutrophying phosphorus load to the Gulf of Finland.

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This Campaign started on November 30 and will close on April 08, 2018, 14:59.
(UTC/GMT 08/04/2018 11:59)

The quantified nutrient reduction/removal is :13000 kg/a

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Phosphorus removal in Kingisepp, Russia

John Nurminen Foundation has been working with the Baltic Sea for 12 years. During these years, it has reduced the eutrophying nutrient load to the Sea by several thousands of tons with targeted projects focusing on the most cost-effective opportunities for reducing nutrient discharges to the Sea.

Russian municipal wastewater treatment (WWT) plants in the Kaliningrad and Leningrad regions continue to be major sources of nutrients to the Baltic Sea. This is despite the fact that most of the Russian cities have existing WWT infrastructure built during the Soviet era which could be enhanced with relatively low cost to remove nutrients, especially phosphorus, in an effective way.

During the past few years there have been success stories in the modernization of Russian WWT, namely in St. Petersburg where all treatment plants now treat their wastewaters effectively. Despite the positive advancements in St. Petersburg, medium and small size cities in Russia are still lacking effective phosphorus treatment. As phosphorus is the limiting factor for blue-green algae in the Sea, the measure would reduce especially the massive algal blooms experienced in the most Baltic Sea sub-basins during the summer period.

The fastest and least-cost method to reduce nutrients from municipal effluents is chemical phosphorus removal. Chemical precipitation can be used even when the WWT infrastructure is in relatively poor condition, which is often the case in Russian cities.

Since 2011, after completing the investments in St. Petersburg, the Foundation has worked in medium-sized Russian cities to reduce the load to the Gulf of Finland. After enhancing phosphorus removal in the second and third largest remaining point sources, the municipal WWT plants of Gatchina and Vyborg, the Foundation has now launched a project in the fourth largest source, the WWT plant of Kingisepp. In the project, the Foundation will procure the equipment needed for enhanced phosphorus removal, and the water utility will construct and operate the treatment system.

Enhancing phosphorus removal in Kingisepp will reduce up to 13 tons of annual phosphorus load to Luga river flowing to the Gulf of Finland. The amount is over 50% of the yearly discharges from the Viikinmäki wastewater treatment plant in Helsinki.

What We Need and Why

The raised funding (fundraising goal 150 000 eur) will be used to cover the cost of a chemical reservoir with piping (32 cubic meters). The equipment will be procured via an open tender procedure. All prices are based on our previous experiences from similar projects. The costs will be verified by a procurement contract and payment receipts.

The Impact

The quantified nutrient reduction/removal is 13000 kg for 20 year(s).

The estimate is based on the current wastewater amount and the measured average phosphorus level in outgoing wastewater – when reduced to the phosphorus level recommended by the Baltic Marine Protection Commission HELCOM, approximately 13 tons of phosphorus will be reduced annually. The phosphorus load reduction will immediately benefit both the Luga River and the Gulf of Finland. After phosphorus precipitation has been started, the water utility of Kingisepp will report both the monitored phosphorus concentrations as well as the amount of purchased precipitation chemicals to the Foundation on a monthly basis. 

Risks and Challenges

The main risk is related to operational costs of the phosphorus precipitation system and the ability of the water utility to cover them in the future. However, in the project implementation agreement signed with the Foundation, the water utility has committed to cover the operational costs and, in addition, to present the monitoring results of outgoing wastewaters and receipts of chemical purchases to the Foundation.

Timetable, Milestones & Reporting

The phosphorus precipitation equipment will be transported to Kingisepp in 2018. Installations and handing over will also take place in 2018, after which we will publish a project report. From 2018 onwards, the water utility will provide regular monthly monitoring reports, which will be delivered to the project supporters. 

Elena Kaskelainen is the project leader for the project. She is a wastewater treatment specialist who has graduated from the Leningrad Technical University and has over 20 years of experience of working in the former Soviet countries. Elena is fluent in Russian and has implemented phosphorus removal projects in several Russian and Belarusian water utilities.

Marjukka Porvari is responsible for contracts and procurement of the project. She has specialized in environmental projects in the former Soviet countries, is fluent in Russian and has implemented over 30 water and wastewater related projects in the region during the past 20 years.


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Protecting the Baltic Sea is a key feature of our strategy and our area of responsibility. Every day, we do hands-on work that reduces the load to waterways in the capital area. However, protection of the Baltic Sea requires extensive measures everywhere in the catchment area of the Sea. The phosphorus neutrality project is a new, innovative initiative in Baltic Sea protection, and we are happy to be involved in a project that creates new operating models.

Tommi Fred, Director HSY