Downer to partner with Eliquo


Eliquo partnership

Downer and Eliquo are proud to announce their collaboration to jointly pursue and deliver key strategic projects in the water industry in Australia and New Zealand.

The cooperation is focussed on treatment and recovery of energy and valuable nutrients from wastewater and sewage sludge. Eliquo’s advanced technologies focus on the recovery of energy and nutrients from wastewater and the associated biosolids, and have recently completed the conversion of the Dutch Amersfoort sewage treatment works into an energy autonomous, commercial fertilizer producing facility.

Downer is a leader in the water and wastewater industry with extensive experience in designing, building, operating and maintaining water infrastructure for municipal and industrial water customers. Our collaboration with Eliquo will give water utilities access to state of the art technologies that will substantially reduce their cost of service and increase their sustainability – delivered and integrated safely into their existing assets.

The agreement was signed on the UNESCO world-heritage-listed Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, witnessed by His Majesty Willem-Alexander King of The Netherlands and Her Majesty Máxima Queen of The Netherlands. The State visit celebrates the 400 year anniversary of bilateral trade between Australia and The Netherlands, dating back to explorer Dirk Hartog’s landing at the coast of Western Australia in 1616.

“We’re very pleased to partner with Eliquo to bring their industry leading European technologies and innovations into the Australian market,” said Trevor Cohen, Executive Director, Downer Utilities.

“Our partnership with Eliquo is another way we can demonstrate market leadership by continuing to add proven innovation and value to the complete water lifecycle solutions we provide to our customers.”

“The Australian and New Zealand markets show receptiveness to proven innovative solutions from The Netherlands. Our cooperation with Downer will facilitate the export of Dutch knowledge and experience in a sustainable way,” said Rick Langereis, Managing Director, Eliquo.

Rick also added: “Furthermore when delivering products and technologies from overseas, it is of crucial importance to us to serve our local customers with locally embedded knowledge and adequate response mechanisms in case of service, maintenance and urgent attention.”

Pictured from left to right: Mike Basterfield (General Manager Water Projects Downer Utilities), Luc Kox (Australia & New Zealand Representative Eliquo Water & Energy/Director Blue Horizon Solutions), Henk Kamp (Minister for Economic Affairs for The Netherlands), Her Majesty Máxima Queen of The Netherlands, His Majesty Willem-Alexander King of The Netherlands, Trevor Cohen (Executive Director Downer Utilities) and Anthony Johnston (Executive General Manager Strategy and Development Downer Utilities)

More about Eliquo
Eliquo Water & Energy designs, builds and maintain turn-key multi technology solutions for sludge treatment and energy, and nutrient recovery in the municipal wastewater treatment sector. The Eliquo Water Group is active in The Netherlands, Germany, as well as selected European Countries in Europe, Australia and South East Asia. For more, go to