Published on: 20/10/2017

EEI wins multiple 2017 AWA WA awards

EEI wins multiple 2017 AWA WA awards

Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd (EEI) has been recognised at the Australian Water Association (AWA) WA Water Awards for the second consecutive year. The company was proud to receive the 2017 Research Innovation Award, and the Water Professional of the Year Award for CEO Dr Raj Kurup. The awards are testament to the excellent year that EEI has had, fostering innovation and technical excellence across a range of projects in the water industry.


EEI received the 2017 Australian Water Association (WA) Research Innovation Award for the development and implementation of its ANRUP Anammox Process for nitrogen removal for an abattoir wastewater treatment plant . The objective of this project was to understand the process, requirements, and the difficulties in implementing anammox in an existing wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The anammox process is an exciting state of the art technology for nitrogen removal.

The project has verified that the anammox process offers significant environmental and economic benefits. The reduced aeration requirements, and elimination of carbon dosing offer WWTPs a clear pathway to cut operating and capital costs. Overall it has been determined that the payback period for the implementation of the anammox system has been less than 18 months, and included a suite of operation and maintenance benefits. The project also has demonstrated that a pure anammox culture was not required for start-up, and the technology is eminently scalable and applicable to both new and existing plants.

The prestigious WA Water Professional of the Year for theaward for Dr Raj Kurup has been 25 years in the making. Raj has made tremendous contributions within the water sector as an engineer and researcher. He has authored over 60 publications, and delivered key note addresses for several international conferences. Raj's research has led to the development of EEI's innovative technology, including the High Rate Anaerobic Reactor (HART), ANRUPAnammox process, Self-Regulating Suspended Biogas Collectors (SSBC), and phosphorus removal products.

Another key criterion for the judgement of the Water Professional of the Year Award was the nominee's voluntary contribution to the water industry, particularly the development of future water professionals. The engineering internship program at EEI has been one of Raj's proudest achievements, and it has given him great satisfaction to mentor the WA water engineers of the future. Upon receiving the award, Raj wanted to relay his thanks to his family, excellent clients, and mentors that have been such a large part of his career journey.

Peter Rice accepted the WA Water Professional of the Year Award on behalf of Dr Raj Kurup as Raj was away overseas then. You can click the link below to listen to Peter's speech at the award ceremony.