NOK 450 million
Building for the future
Bekkelaget treatment plant is Norway’s second largest treatment plant. The first sewerage plant at Bekkelaget was built in 1963, and was subsequently extended and rebuilt on several occasions. In 2001, a new, state-of-the-art plant was built in order to comply with new and more stringent requirements.
Oslo is Europe’s fastest-growing city and forecasts suggest a continuing strong growth. In order to maintain the quality of the water in the Oslo fjord, it is necessary to expand the treatment capacity.
Bekkelaget sewerage treatment plant treats 40% of waste water from the City of Oslo, but it is overloaded and cannot fulfil new environmental requirements.
When the treatment plant was built in 2001, it was designed for 270 000 persons. The plant currently treats waste water for 300 000 persons. The capacity of the plant will increase in order to process waste water from 500 000 persons, which is the expected volume of waste water for 2040.
The entire plant is being built inside the mountain and will be directly connected to the existing plant. Expansion will take place in both directions, north and south. The plant will be extended by 200–300 metres south along the E18 highway.