Published: 29. Mar 2022

Aarhus Vand enters into cooperation with Portuguese water company


Aarhus Vand has just signed a cooperation agreement with the Portuguese water company Águas do Tejo Atlântico. The collaboration must support the development and dissemination of sustainable solutions in the water area through knowledge sharing, training and exchange of employees.

Back in 2017, Aarhus Vand signed a cooperation agreement with Águas de Portugal, the public umbrella organization for the water sector in Portugal. Aarhus Vand has now expanded its Portuguese cooperation with the signing of an agreement with the largest Portuguese wastewater company Águas do Tejo Atlântico, which serves 23 municipalities on the west coast, including Lisbon.

Águas do Tejo Atlântico are experts in digitalization and reuse of water and are ambitious in terms of energy optimization and energy production. The company produces 18,000 MWh of energy per year from the wastewater from the 2.4 million inhabitants of the region. Aarhus Vand are experts in energy optimization and energy production at wastewater treatment plants and have also specialized in the utilization of other resources in the wastewater, such as struvite, which is a nutritious fertilizer product.

Claus Homann, COO of Aarhus Vand, signed the agreement on behalf of Aarhus Vand on 24 March with Alexandra Serra, director of Águas do Tejo Atlântico, at a ceremony at the Danish Embassy in Lisbon with the participation of Ambassador Maria Nilaus Tarp.

We both have many activities internationally, and the purpose is to bring our common knowledge about sustainable water management out into the world and contribute actively to the UN's development goals. Together we will stand stronger internationally. Together with Águas do Tejo Atlântico we can develop solutions where we utilize resources in the wastewater to a degree not seen before. This must be done through knowledge sharing between the partners and through training and exchange of employees with special competencies. We must challenge each other and create joint innovation projects - preferably with EU support - which have great and long-term significance for both companies
- Claus Homann, COO at Aarhus Vand

The signing of the cooperation agreement was part of a multi-day event in Lisbon with a number of professional presentations and workshops from i.a. Per Overgaard Pedersen, Aarhus Vand, and Catia Martinho, Juan Vera and Laura Baillón from the global water alliance WTA EU, which the Danish Trade Council is behind.