Sewage treatment plant – Catania

Sewage treatment plant – Catania


Catania (CT)


Type of service:
Final and executive design, Environmental Impact Assessment and Integrated Environmental Authorization application

Design period:

Technical data

Site area:
11.000 m²

Sustainable development objectives | Agenda ONU 2023


The plant is placed within a very strategic area because it’s near the port of Catania,
well served by the railway tracks. The platform is designed to treat both oily emulsions
and the so-called bilge water that may come from the nearby port area of Catania. The
system can also treat hazardous and non-hazardous liquid waste from the industrial
centers of eastern Sicily (e. g. Priolo Gargallo, Siracusa, Gela, etc.).
The plant architecture provides the possibility to treat wastewater of different nature
on separate lines. A first slurry line will be devoted to the treatment of sewage with
a high organic load (such as the food industry waste and the spoils of septic tanks),
for which an initial solids separation by grill and a physical – chemical pretreatment
in clariflocculator are provided. A second process line will be dedicated to acidic and
alkaline wastewater, for which a preliminary neutralization and the physical-chemical
treatment in clariflocculator are provided. Finally, A third line slurry will be suited for
the treatment of liquid waste with a high content of oily emulsions, bilge water and so
called “recalcitrant” waste (such as surfactants) and a sedimentation with intercepting
of oil and a preliminary oxidation with Fenton reagent are provided. After the different
stages of pre-treatment, all the sewage lines are equalized and subjected to biological
treatment with activated sludge. Subsequent steps of denitrification and final
sedimentation are then provided. Finally, the tertiary treatments provide a filtration with
sand and activated carbon and a final UV disinfection. The sludge line is constituted by
a mechanical dewatering for the chemical-physical sludge and a thickening followed
by aerobic stabilization and mechanical dehydration for the biological one. All plant
sections are equipped with air suction devices in order to reduce VOC emissions.