Photo Contest & Calendar 2018

“When it comes to success...’s all about the PEOPLE”

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, capable of conveying complex issues with just one still image.

The Nijhuis Industries Team submitted twelve pictures which tells a story that demonstrates the value of the people behind the story in the creation of a safe, clean and sustainable environment.

At the beginning of each month during 2018, the “personal story behind the photo” will be published on this page.

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December | TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

Photo by: Pascal te Pas

“My name is Pascal te Pas, happily married and proud father of 4 kids and working at Nijhuis Industries as Service Engineer Specials Projects My hobbies are my 4 kids and being a handyman and rebuilder of our home. The picture which is used for the Nijhuis Calendar for 2018 was made when I was working with our local team of operators of the rental WWTP at IWTP8 in Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a thumbs up pose of the successful team of the i-MAINTENANCE service engineers from Marafiq and myself.

During this period, I planned a service trip to Saudi Arabia to give attention to various matters, being plant manager for this Nijhuis rental solution. I was responsible for bringing spare parts, which were needed for replacement and repair of equipment. Additional, during this visit I also had meetings with the client and subcontractors to discuss points of attention to be able to meet and secure customer expectations. I was proud and happy to be part of the good spirit and level of cooperation with our local i-MAINTENANCE service engineers. Given the challenging circumstances everyone is keeping up the good spirit and acting as one team!”

About the client
Marafiq is the utility lifeline to the industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu. These two cities are a beacon of light on the Kingdom’s journey of national economic development and privatization. Marafiq is collecting wastewater from several companies and petro-chemical industries. The wastewater is collected in aerated lagoons and then treated. In 2015, Marafiq needed a fast track solution to treat an additional volume of wastewater for early 2016.

To meet the deadline and to run the plant beginning in January 2016, the Marafiq approached Nijhuis signing the contract in July 2015. Thanks to the standardization and prefabrication of IPF units at the Nijhuis Headquarters in Doetinchem, within 6 months Nijhuis completed the engineering, procurement, production, transport, customs, site work, installation and the start-up.

November | A new botanical WWTP for one of the largest shopping malls in Russia

Nijhuis is currently installing, together with technology partner Organica Water, a turn-key botanical wastewater treatment plant treating the wastewater from a mega shopping mall in Russia, Krasnodar. The client is a multinational group that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories.

The company is founded in Sweden and has been the world’s largest furniture retailer since at least 2008. With the initiative of the new wastewater treatment plant in Krasnodar, Russia they have taken the lead in their industry to realize a state-of-the-art botanical wastewater treatment, combined with a visitor center. Nijhuis will integrate the Organica Food Chain Reactor (FCR) in a turnkey 1,000 m3/d treatment facility with advanced Nijhuis pre- and posttreatment technologies.

The solution
The wastewater solution is executed with Nijhuis coarse screening and Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) units and will remove the large particles from the wastewater prior to entering the Organica FCR. After the secondary treatment through the FCR technology, the Nijhuis CarboPure and UV disinfection units will polish the effluent to the stringent Russian discharge requirements. The excess sludge will be treated with a Nijhuis Drum Filter (NDF) and Nijhuis Screw Press (NSP).

The Organica FCR, with odorless operation and beautiful flora, is situated in a glass house and ensures the seamless integration of the treatment facility in the urban area within the mall complex, including a botanic garden visitors center.

About botanical wastewater facilities
Botanical wastewater facilities with Organica FCR utilizes active biofilms on natural (plant) and/or engineered root structures (biomodules), all in a fully-enclosed, odorless facility. The result is a solution which offers a significantly reduced physical footprint and lower operational and infrastructure costs when compared to conventional solutions.

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October | People make all challenges possible

Photo by: Bas Ouwersloot

“I’m in the organisation for a 4-day long Summer fair at a little village in the east side of the Netherlands, called Lintelo, where I live. The name of the organization is COV Lintelo and 12 persons are currently responsible for the organization of the Summer fair and other events in Lintelo.

The moment I took the picture I was the game leader of the activity. The challenge was to build a tower of flowerpots as high as possible. During that day, 8 different kind of games were performed. All kinds of people of the neighbourhoods (13 teams) were in competition that day. When I took the picture of the flowerpots, the tower was very high and I was surprised how the team effort reached the height of the flowerpots. I believe that when you would like to form a successful team, trust, fun and communication are crucial. All of these success factors came together in the moment when I took the picture.

About Bas
I’m working at the service department as a Rental/Service Coordinator at Nijhuis Industries. I’m married and I have 4 children. My hobbies are motorcycling and mountain biking. I live on a farm and we rent a part of our home to holiday groups (large families/group of friends). So, I also spend a part of my time to keep our farm in good condition and helping my wife with the renting the holiday accommodation called ‘Nieuw Navis’ (”

September | Installation of the largest #GENIUS solution in the world has started at #GrootZevertVergisting

Nijhuis is currently installing a turnkey GENIUS installation to treat 100.000 (approx. 60-80 farmers) tons of manure at Groot Zevert Vergisting in the Netherlands. GENIUS at Groot Zevert is a real ‘Green Mineral Mining Center’ and produces 10-20% in volume of phosphate rich solid fraction with 3-6% of phosphate, 5-10% in volume of a liquid nitrogen fertilizer with 7-8% of ammonium sulphate, 5-10% in volume of organic potassium liquid fertilizer with 7-10 % of potassium and 60-80% of clean water. The clean water will be used as cattle feed water or discharged to surface water.

The produced green minerals ensure regional balanced fertilization by dosing sufficient individual nitrogen, phosphate or potassium fertilizers for pasture land or arable crops. This will reduce the rinse of fertilizers into ground and surface water and reduces the use of the chemical fertilizers.

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Sustainable manure treatment process

At Groot Zevert, GENIUS is a sustainable process because no by products and no waste products will be produced. It is an energy positive solution in combination with digestion and reduces the CO2 footprint due to lower production of chemical fertilizers and reduction in manure or digestate transport.

The produced organic rich phosphate fraction, liquid nitrogen fertilizer and the liquid potassium fertilizer can reduce the import of artificial fertilizers for pasture land or arable crops and can reduce the export of surplus manure.The volume of manure or digestate will be reduced by 60-80%, because this will be discharged as clean water. GENIUS is an integrated solution maximizing the value of manure which is a true example of the circular economy.

Nijhuis GENIUS has already received the ‘Jan Terlouw innovatie prijs’ and the ‘Achterhoek Innovatie Prijs’ and was nominated for the Aquatech Innovation Award 2017 for the category ‘wastewater treatment’.

August | The pet food bank of Apeldoorn, is run by the animal loving volunteers Willeke Gordon and her partner Nicole Engels

Made by: Willeke Gordon

The animal food bank is an initiative to prevent animals in the Netherlands from being subjected to the financial problems of their owners. Assistance is sometimes necessary due to unexpected circumstances. You can think of the loss of a job, health problems, change of family situations. We understand that you do not want to leave your pet in such an unpleasant period. You can have a lot of support for it. For these reasons we, Nicole Engels and Willeke Gordon, would like to help the people and their animals in a difficult time.

How can the animal food bank be helped?

We would like to receive animal feed from anyone who can miss it, new packaging but it can also be open packaging. All kinds of food, biscuits, sweets, cat grit, anti-flea and the like are very welcome. Of course, we are also very happy with the large donations from pet shops, animal feed representatives and companies!

Financial donations

There is also a possibility to donate money. The food bank uses this to buy special food. In addition, this money is used for supporting resources for the issue of the food and the foundation.

Our account number is: NL17 INGB 0004717115 in the name of N.M. Engels in Apeldoorn o.v.v. Animal Food Bank.

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July | The Nijhuis Industries engineering team successfully developed eight High Rate concrete i-DAF modules

Made by: The Nijhuis Industries team

The construction of the Marina East Desalination Plant in Singapore began in June 2017. It is the first dual-mode desalination plant, meaning it can treat both freshwater from the Marina Reservoir and seawater, depending on weather conditions. Currently, freshwater from reservoirs is processed at eight water works across Singapore, while seawater is treated at SingSpring and Tuaspring desalination plants.

The background

Nijhuis will realize eight High Rate concrete i-DAF modules as pre-treatment for the seawater. This includes the coagulant and flocculant dosing and top mixers for the reaction tanks, followed by the corrugated plate packs, skimmer systems and robust Nijhuis i-AERATION system.

The solution

The iconic Marina East Desalination Plant is the first of its kind in Singapore, perhaps in the world, designed for dual operation mode to treat either seawater or reservoir water from the Marina Reservoir located in the city center. The plant is a combination of water treatment processes included High Rate i-DAF modules, ultrafiltration technology and reverse osmosis (RO) technology.

Nijhuis will design, engineer and realize eight concrete Nijhuis High Rate i-DAF modules with an output of 308,000 m3 seawater per day at the Marina East Desalination Plant in Singapore. Each High Rate i-DAF module has the maximum treatment capacity of 1,945 m3/hr.

Optimize i-DAF operations

In order to optimize the chemical dosing and DAF operations, Nijhuis included the real-time intelligent dosing control system i-DOSE, which will result in stable effluent concentrations, real-time chemical dosing and better performance of the flocculation-flotation system.

June | Climate action is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Made by: Rick Knoops - Nijhuis Industries Americas

Climate action is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that apply to all countries and people, to combat climate change and to keep our planet beautiful, both above and underwater.

“During our vacations in February 2017, we went to Playa del Carmen in Mexico, which is roughly 80 km south of Cancun, a more famous holiday destination. Playa del Carmen is still more a local town, where Cancun is overloaded with the European and American tourists, you find in this town more rest and speak with the local people.

Playa del Carmen is located in the Yucatan peninsula area, which ruled for centuries by the Mayas, until the Spanish explorers arrived to the Mexican coast. For that reason, you can find many famous Maya complexes in Mexico like Chichén Itzá and Tulum.

Besides the above ground marvels of the Yucatan peninsula areas, also underwater the world is amazing. There are many cenotes in Yucatan peninsula. A cenote is a natural sinkhole, that exposes groundwater or even sometimes a river system underneath the surface. In many cases the water can be cold and can be mixed with sweet and salty water. This water is normally crystal clear. On the other side you have the warm tropical waters in the Caribbean Sea, where you find beautiful coral reefs and a diverse environment of sea life.

During our vacation, we went for a dive and one of our buddies had a camera and took this picture of my wife, me and this giant turtle that just was passing our route, remembering us that we have to combat climate change to keep our planet beautiful. Not only above land but also take care of the environment underwater and keep the oceans and rivers clean of pollution.

Diving is for me like a therapy. You focus for several hours on yourself, your buddy and the beautiful nature around, and it makes you aware that we have to treat it with respect and care.”

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April | Success requires that challenges are achieved with a high value

Made by: Julija Rjabova - Nijhuis Industries Russia & CIS

“This was my son’s first experience in roller-skating in June 2017. He is a very active guy and the energy is overflowing. Everything is moving in his hands: if he sees a ball - he starts playing football, basketball, volleyball; if he sees a stick, he is starting to imagine himself as a warrior and turns a stick into a sword. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, ski, skates - all of this he has already used. That summer he wanted to try roller skating.

This picture was made at Moskva-river embankment, just the opposite of the Central House of the Artist, which is located in Park Gorkogo - In this part of Park is the MUZEON, an open-air sculpture museum. Here you can see the monuments of the Russian leaders of the 1930-50's, monuments of the past era of socialist realism, as well as the work of sculptors-avant-gardists.

In addition to the “cultural part” of the park, there are many athletes who train and enjoy the beautiful views of Moscow from the embankment of the river along which tourist steamers sail. Since my son has made the first steps into roller-skating, he also trains a lot to improve his skills. Together with a professional trainer, he regularly performs at competitions and sets ambitious goals to enter the international level in the discipline of speed slalom.”

March | Realization of a modular WWTP

Made by: The Nijhuis Industries Team

The realization of the modular wastewater treatment plant of Umalat in Russia involved several multidisciplinary teams to guarantee a successful start-up in just six weeks. Umalat is a modern cheese production plant in Russia and one of the leading producers of fresh cheese from Caucasian type to Italian mozzarella.

Plug-and-play and fast-track solution, ready for the future

The plug-and-play and fast-track solution allowed Umalat to realize a state of the art wastewater treatment plant in a record period of time: simple, compact and pre-installed on the frame blocks at the Nijhuis production facility in the Netherlands. The complete modular system consists of a filter, flocculation, flotation and dewatering screw, all installed in eight box-frames which are used to create the wastewater treatment operations building. The plant has the capacity to treat 700 m3 of wastewater per day, which ensures that the wastewater treatment plant is future-proofed for increases in the amount of wastewater as a result of expected production increases in the factory.

Set a norm to all Russian dairy plants

CEO of Umalat Aleksey Martynenko emphasized in his speech: “The new wastewater treatment plant is a key milestone and a step forward in the development of our company. This should set a norm to all dairy plants to install the wastewater treatment plant of the highest level.”

CUSTOMER BENEFITS of the Umalat WWTP Solution

  1. Plug-and-play and fast-track solution.
  2. Build and installed in just six weeks.
  3. Environmental compliance of the wastewater to discharge to existing biological lagoon system.
  4. Reduced installation risks based on a compact WWTP design, fast start-up and installation.
  5. Future proofed design for increased in the amount of wastewater.
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February | A group of five performers

Made by: Tomasz Jagielski

“Me and my wife were travelling through the Mongolian step by jeep in the summer of 2017. I finished successfully Mongolia ‘Sunrise to Sunset Marathon’ ( and we decided to penetrate the famous Mongolian step.

During our travelling we have seen a few hundred km from Ulaanbaatar, on the small hill, a lot of Mongolians preparing some kind of event. It was the famous Naadam festival, organized every year during the summer period in Mongolia. ( The largest event is of course in the capital but we had the possibility to see the original festival in the country without any tourists to see this unique attraction.

The Naadam festival is organized by the locals. This is a one-day event made on the grass at the step. The event consists of three main sport activities: horse riding on the distance 18-25 km; wrestling and archery shooting. The athletics train the whole year to compete during the festival and the winner is the hero for the next year.

There are also a lot of performances, such as dancing and singing. The girls on the picture are training before they performed. I made several pictures from a distance and after a while, they suddenly invited me to make a group picture!”

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January | The HAZOP team

Made by: The Nijhuis Team

Recently, the Nijhuis Industries QHSE department and Team Poland executed a HAZOP study at our client Cedrob and Rzeczyca in Poland. This is a good example of the collective efforts of the entire Nijhuis team to increase the awareness of QHSE.

A hazard and operability (HAZOP) study is a design review technique used for hazard identification, and for the identification of design deficiencies which may give rise to operability problems. HAZOP is most commonly applied to systems which transfer (or process) hazardous substances or activities where the operations involved can be hazardous or the consequences of failure to control hazards may be significant in terms of damage to life, the environment or property. A HAZOP study is carried out using a structured approach by an experienced multi-discipline team, facilitated by a HAZOP leader.

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