Thalis, a company of the Motor Oil Group, undertakes the upgrade of the Heraklion Waste Treatment Facility: A milestone project for the Ecological Transformation of the Municipality.

Published : March 4th, 2024

Thalis, improves the quality of life for the residents of Crete by promoting the transition of the Municipality of Heraklion towards a circular economy and ensuring the overall sustainability of the island.

During an event to present the project of DEYAI "ADDITION OF TERTIARY TREATMENT AT THE WWTP OF HERAKLION AND UTILIZATION OF EFFLUENT FOR IRRIGATION" held at the Vikelaia Municipal Library of Heraklion, among others, Deputy Minister of Development Mr. Maximus Senetakis, Regional Governor of Crete Mr. Stavros Arnaoutakis, Mayor of Heraklion Mr. Alexis Kalokairinos, and the President of DEYAI of Heraklion Mr. George Vourexakis were present and spoke. The event was attended online by the General Secretary of Waste Management Coordination, Mr. Manolis Grafakos.

The event presented the project and its developmental impacts by the Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company (DEYAI) of Heraklion, the project's consultant, and Thalis, a subsidiary of the Motor Oil Group, which is the contractor.

With the implementation of this flagship project, funded by the Recovery and Resilience Fund, the safe and complete reuse of treated wastewater for irrigation of agricultural areas of the Municipality of Heraklion and the urban green spaces is achieved, applying the circular economy model 100%, resulting in the conservation of natural resources.

Therefore, with the new tertiary treatt and development agencies of Crete attended the event.

Thalis Vice President and General Manager of Waste Management of the Motor Oil Group, Mr. Dimitris Kontaxis, highlighted in his speech at the event: «This is a landmark project for the ecological transformation of the Municipality of Heraklion as well as a tangible example of Circular Economy in the sector of the most precious natural resource, water. With the completion of the project's construction, urban wastewater will no longer be waste to be discarded into the sea, but processed wastewater that can be reused. In total, over 10 million cubic meters of urban wastewater annually will be converted into clean water for irrigation, with the capacity to meet the irrigation needs of over 30,000 acres of greenery. The start of the project marks a significant upgrade in the water cycle in Heraklion with multiple developmental benefits for the local community. At the same time, it opens a new cycle to ensure the sufficiency of the precious natural resource, water. Thalis, a subsidiary of the Motor Oil Group, places Circular Economy at the core of its business activity, aiming to decisively contribute to the green transformation and the enhancement of the sustainability of Greece's infrastructure systems.»