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Naivasha Treatment Plant (NTPx)

An innovative fecal sludge treatment plant and biofuel production factory

  • 200

    Cubic Meters/Day

  • 2,100

    Briquette Tonnes/Month

  • Naivasha, Kenya

    Naivasha, Kenya

Energy recovery from waste to deliver financially sustainable sanitation services in Kenya

Up to 90% of urban populations in developing country cities use on-site sanitation, but utilities have little incentive to safely collect, treat, and dispose of waste in pit latrines and septic tanks. Why? The cost to provide these services typically far outweighs the willingness or ability for residents to pay. Sanivation, a social enterprise based in Kenya, has demonstrated with their current waste to value treatment plant (in Naivasha, Kenya) that sanitation can be a profitable business. Now they aim to scale that solution to provide city-wide, safely-managed sanitation.

Stantec was contracted by Sanivation to provide engineering and advisory services for the design of the Naivasha Treatment Plant (NTPx). The facility will treat 200 cubic metres (7,060 cubic feet) of septage per day to a Grade A biosolids level, which will then be mixed with sawdust to create 1,200 tonnes of biomass briquettes per month. By selling these briquettes to local industries, Sanivation will be able to deliver financially viable sanitation services.

Over the course of the project, our team worked closely with Sanivation to integrate engineering design criteria and the operational requirements of the treatment plant into the overall business model. Our engineers—based in North America and Europe—collaborated closely with local engineers in Kenya as well as global equipment suppliers, demonstrating how integrating international best practices and local knowledge can be leveraged to develop a successful project outcome.

At a Glance

Offices
Client
  • Sanivation
Partners
  • Gauff GmbH
Meet Our Team

Maureen Kesaano, Water and Sanitation Designer

I personally relate to the challenges faced by the communities we serve. Knowing that the work we do makes a difference is a great feeling.
Maureen Kesaano Water and Sanitation Designer Read More

Jeannette Laramee, Senior Environmental Engineer

I believe integrated, life-cycle approaches which prioritize environmental benefits can deliver the best value solution for our clients.
Jeannette Laramee Senior Environmental Engineer Read More

Michael McWhirter, Vice President, Project Manager

I ensure that projects in developing and transitioning economies are delivered to the highest standards.
Michael McWhirter Vice President, Project Manager Read More

Julie Novak, Principal, Contracts Manager, International Development

I’m committed to managing contracts that allow us to provide expertise for donor-funded infrastructure in the most vulnerable communities.
Julie Novak Principal, Contracts Manager, International Development Read More

Eric Rawdon, Associate, Process Engineer

By building strong relationships, based on listening to and understanding each stakeholder’s needs, we can solve complex problems.

Chengyan Zhang, Consultant

Listening to and working side-by-side with people to solve their challenges is what makes me smile at the end of every day.

Maureen Kesaano

Water and Sanitation Designer

Jeannette Laramee

Senior Environmental Engineer

Michael McWhirter

Vice President, Project Manager

Julie Novak

Principal, Contracts Manager, International Development

Eric Rawdon

Associate, Process Engineer

Chengyan  Zhang

Consultant

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