Port of Antwerp-Bruges seeks innovative companies for more efficient and sustainable treatment of PFAS-contaminated drainage water during infrastructure works

During infrastructure works in the Antwerp port area involving soil excavation, large volumes of PFAS-contaminated drainage water are released. This water, a mix of contaminated groundwater and brackish Scheldt and dock water, is first purified and then discharged. However, current purification techniques are insufficiently efficient and sustainable. For this reason, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with the support of VLAIO's Innovative Public Procurement Programme, is launching a market consultation for pioneering companies in the water treatment sector. Together, they aim to develop, test and demonstrate innovative scalable solutions.

PFAS contamination can be found at various locations throughout Flanders and Europe, including in the Antwerp port area. Respect for people and the environment is a top priority for Port of Antwerp-Bruges and care for the environment and local residents is central to the way we operate the port. We also take care when carrying out infrastructure work. 


There are long and short PFAS chains. Existing methods to adsorb PFAS with activated carbon work for those long PFAS chains but are less efficient for short chains. In the Antwerp port area, there are mainly short PFAS chains that have spread further with (brackish) groundwater. Sustainable and scalable solutions for this specific problem have not yet been tested on a large scale in Flanders. For this reason, Port of Antwerp-Bruges, with the support of the Innovative Public Procurement Programme (PIO), is launching a public tender aimed at companies with innovative technologies. With this public tender, Port of Antwerp-Bruges aims to have scalable solutions developed in an operational environment within a short period of time. 

Pioneers in the wastewater treatment sector can register without obligation via the ‘request for information’ process or via the contact details below. Publication of the tender will follow in the first quarter of this year. Development, testing and demonstration will take place in phases in 2024-2025.

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