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IRRIGATION

Aqualogy is the global brand covering all activities related to water solutions and technologies. Its business strategy is customer-centric and focuses on new markets, relying on acquired experience, knowledge and talent.

Within the complete water cycle, irrigation associations play a significant role, as they manage 70% of Spain’s irrigated land. There are some 7,200 irrigation associations, which have deep roots in the rural environment and a unique organisational model.

For them and for the entire irrigation sector, Aqualogy offers its knowledge, experience and innovative technology to meet new challenges facing irrigators, such as the operation of facilities with great technical complexity, increases in electricity rates, the commissioning of automation systems, governmental demands with respect to the traceability of water resources, and increased efficiency in the distribution and application of irrigation. Aqualogy, with its vast experience in the water sector, offers innovative solutions to improve management and meet the challenges of all irrigation areas.

We customise our offers to meet the needs of each irrigation zone and irrigator. Our services and experience are combined in the following pillars:

  • Irrigation material supply chain with major national presence.
  • Multidisciplinary engineering department.
  • Builder with vast experience in the sector.
  • Operation and maintenance of irrigation associations.
  • Remote control and automation equipment.
Operation of El Vicario reservoir irrigation association (Ciudad Real)

Operation of El Vicario reservoir irrigation association (Ciudad Real)

Since February 2013, Aqualogy has applied its expertise, diligence and dedication to the correct management of the irrigation facilities of the El Vicario reservoir irrigation association.

Aqualogy is required to inform the association of the need for new investments, provide technical advice and justify any extraordinary expenditure. Aqualogy performs all the preventive, predictive and corrective maintenance for the irrigation facilities owned by the irrigation association.

  • Surface area: 4,783 ha.
  • Total expenses to October 2013: €428,082.02.
  • Total revenue to October 2013: €490,928.20.
  • Effective capacity of El Vicario reservoir, located on the Guadiana River: 30.6 hm³.
  • Irrigation facilities: 304 km of pipeline, 4 km of drains and 70 km of service roads.
Comprehensive management of the Segarra-Garrigues Segarra-Garrigues system (Lleida)

Comprehensive management of the Segarra-Garrigues Segarra-Garrigues system (Lleida)

The Segarra-Garrigues system encompasses 70,000 ha of irrigation land in the L’Urgell, El Pla d’Urgell, La Segarra, La Noguera, Les Garrigues and El Segrià regions.

Its distribution infrastructure is made up of catchments, connection pipes, reservoirs, filtering and pumping stations, distribution networks, irrigation hydrants and remote control and automation elements. The irrigation area is divided into 15 sectors.

The company created to operate the system, whose majority shareholder is Aqualogy, is required to maintain the irrigation infrastructure in good condition throughout the operation period, undertaking to make any and all investments and replacements necessary.

Irrigation management for the Algerri-Balaguer Canal Irrigation Association

Irrigation management for the Algerri-Balaguer Canal Irrigation Association

In the 1990s the Algerri-Balaguer Canal Irrigation Association modernised its irrigation area to improve the productivity of its farms, in an area with a long agricultural and cattle farming tradition.

In 1997, with the system fully pressurised and with 6,000 m³/ha/year of surface water, it commissioned the comprehensive management of the system to Aqualogy.

Since then, Aqualogy has been responsible for the comprehensive management of the facilities of the irrigation association (an irrigation area of 8,000 ha), the canal, the pumping stations, the reservoirs, the distribution networks, etc. This includes operation and maintenance, commercial management and the management of irrigators.

Operation and management of phase I of the irrigation area of the Navarre Canal (Navarre)

Operation and management of phase I of the irrigation area of the Navarre Canal (Navarre)

Aqualogy is a shareholder of Aguacanal, Sociedad Concesionaria de la Zona Regable del Canal de Navarra, which was created to finance and execute construction projects during the 30-year period established in the concession contract signed with the Government of Navarre and to operate the infrastructure of phase 1 of the Navarre Canal irrigation area (23,370 ha).

Xerta-Senia system (Catalonia, Spain)

Xerta-Senia system (Catalonia, Spain)

Draft project, construction and operation. Surface area: 16,000 ha.

Canals d’Urgell Irrigation Association (Catalonia, Spain)

Canals d’Urgell Irrigation Association (Catalonia, Spain)

Modernisation project

Dar Khrofa reservoir irrigation (Morocco)

Dar Khrofa reservoir irrigation (Morocco)

Project to modernise 24,000 ha of pressurised irrigation land in Larache province, Morocco. Water system made up of: catchment in the reservoir with two 1.8-km pipelines of DN2200, design discharge of 15 m³/h, regulation work with two DN1300 disk valves, pre-filtration work with online screen filters, air release valves, sector intakes with a 125-mm filtering station with self-cleaning screen filters, pressurised irrigation network to hydrants and tertiary irrigation network from hydrant to plot.

West Delta irrigation project (Egypt)

West Delta irrigation project (Egypt)

Drafting of the modernisation project of the West Delta irrigation area in Egypt, with a total of 80,000 ha of irrigated land. The main infrastructure planned in the project is: the catchment in the Ryah el Nasery canal, with a maximum flow of 46.66 m³/s; 400,000-m³ regulation reservoir; PS 1 and PS 2 pumping station, in catchment and in regulation reservoir with a total contracted power rating of 107,975 kW; and primary networks with a total of 50.15 km of DN 1,600- and DN 2,200-mm pipelines.

Structuring study and evolution of the project for the delegated management (PPP) of the water distribution service in the Haouz irrigation perimeter (Morocco)

Structuring study and evolution of the project for the delegated management (PPP) of the water distribution service in the Haouz irrigation perimeter (Morocco)

The work undertaken by Aqualogy in this contract consisted of the drafting of the following documents: analysis and diagnosis of the current infrastructure of the irrigation perimeter and study of the investment needs and possibilities for improvement in the operation of the service. The irrigation area is located in Marrakech - Tensift - El Haouz and covers 144,600 ha. The irrigation water distribution system uses canals and pressurised distribution networks.

Garrigues Sud Irrigation Association (Catalonia, Spain)

Garrigues Sud Irrigation Association (Catalonia, Spain)

Construction
Surface area: 10,000 ha

El Algarrobo Irrigation Association (Malaga, Spain)

El Algarrobo Irrigation Association (Malaga, Spain)

Construction
Surface area: 1,000 ha

References in automation and remote control

References in automation and remote control

  • Huerta y Partidas Irrigation Association, Villena (Alicante) Wholesale network remote control, automation and management (150 control points)
  • Virgen de la Paz de Agost Irrigation Association (Alicante)
    Retail network automation and management (200 control points)
  • Callosa d’Ensarria Irrigation Association (Alicante)
    Wholesale network remote control and automation project and retail management (300 control points)
  • Huertas de Villajoyosa Irrigation Association (Alicante)
    Adoption of the Irrimation-Agriplan technological solution in the modernisation project
  • 2002: Bardenas (Zaragoza).
    Irrigation of industrial estate green areas. 13 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2002: Betxí Irrigation Association (Castelló).
    147 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2003-2005: Pilot test at the Torres de Segre Irrigation Association (Lleida).
    13 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2004: Genil-Cabra / La Marguilla Irrigation Association (Puente Genil, Córdoba).
    54 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2005: Cuevas del Campo Irrigation Association (Córdoba).
    76 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2005: Simancas Irrigation Association (Valladolid).
    70 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2006: Ainzón Irrigation Association (Zaragoza).
    100 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2007: Quinto de Ebro Irrigation Association (Zaragoza).
    23 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2007: Segrià Sud Irrigation Association (Lleida).
    223 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2008: Segarra-Garrigues irrigation area (Lleida). Sector 12.1.
    320 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2009: Segarra-Garrigues irrigation area (Lleida). Sector 1
    90 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2009: Calanda Irrigation Association (Alcañiz-Teruel).
    190 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2005: Vilafranca de Xiva Irrigation Association (Xiva).
    55 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants
  • 2006: Irrigation association.
    550 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants. Cova da Beira
  • 2006: Irrigation association.
    130 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants. Roxo
  • 2007: Irrigation association.
    50 remote units / groups of remotely controlled hydrants (expansion). Cova da Beira
  • 2008: Brinches Irrigation Association.
    300 remote units / remotely controlled groups
  • 2009: Brinches Irrigation Association.
    250 remote units (expansion)

WATER ENGINEERING SERVICE

The offering includes preliminary studies, on-site presence, design engineering, technical advice and presence during the commissioning of the facilities. We have experience in a wide variety of water engineering projects, including the following:

  • Irrigation network modernisation: catchment, pressure pipes, tanks, pipelines.
  • Classification and consultancy of regulation reservoirs for irrigation.
  • Consultancy and environmental monitoring. Preparation of environmental impact assessments (EIA).
  • Design and commissioning of pumping stations.
  • Reclamation and restoration of boreholes.
  • Design of groundwater catchments.

CONSTRUCTION OF IRRIGATION FACILITIES

We have a team of professional technicians with vast experience in the execution of modernisation projects and irrigation facilities. In recent years, we have participated in the expansion of major irrigation areas, such as the Navarre Canal and the Segarra-Garrigues system.

The infrastructure team prioritises the following objectives:

  • High demand and professionalism in the execution of the works.
  • Continuous and fluid communication with the agents involved, especially with the end users of the facility.
  • Optimisation of human resources and materials to reduce costs.
  • Construction of sustainable works.
  • Respect for the environment.
  • Integrated waste management.

SUPPLY CHAIN: IRRIGATION MATERIALS

Specialised management of the supply chain is crucial for successfully tackling the challenges facing companies managing the complete water cycle.

Knowledge of the supplier market and the logistics sector, specific methodology and technology and the experience of our personnel are the foundations on which our solutions stand, which include:

  • Supply of materials for distribution networks and irrigation facilities during installation.
  • Proximity and speed in the supply of materials during operation and maintenance, thanks to the company’s extensive network of warehouses throughout the country.

REMOTE CONTROL FOR IRRIGATION ASSOCIATIONS: COMPREHENSIVE WATER AND END USER MANAGEMENT

Monitoring the parameters that define the technical quality and customer service of an irrigation association is paramount. Accordingly, it is necessary to install a reliable remote control system. At Aqualogy we have vast experience in the automation of irrigation systems and their remote control, which we develop using in-house technology, also handling their maintenance.

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF IRRIGATION ASSOCIATIONS AND FARMS

Our objectives are the optimisation of facilities and irrigation equipment through the application of the latest technologies, the minimisation of energy consumption and the assurance of the efficient use of water. Our work centres on the following activities:

  • Commissioning and operation of irrigation associations.
  • Implementation of preventive and corrective maintenance plans for irrigation associations and farms.
  • User management service.
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Network efficiency and leak detection.
  • Specific training for irrigation association and farm personnel.
  • Control, maintenance and cleaning of reservoirs and irrigation tanks.
  • Control of the zebra mussel and algae growth.

DEMAND MANAGEMENT

With this service, Advanced Energy Consulting provides the customer with updates on their demand profile as specified in the ‘Recommended Strategy’ document.
Using data mining tools, Advanced Energy Consulting sends a periodic report with the following information:

  • Initial load curve
  • Last proposed load curve
  • Differential of updated curve
  • Breakdown of updated demand: resources to be used
  • Potential cost savings, integrating generation and consumption on the network

OPTIMISATION OF ENERGY PURCHASE PRICE AND BUDGET CONTROL

Consulting services in hedging with futures contracts, planning of consumption in line with market price forecasts, control of the energy budget and checking of billing.

This service includes:

  • Monitoring of market developments. Compilation and sending of key energy market information to monitor and make decisions regarding energy contracts.
  • Monitoring of customer’s energy contract portfolio. Compilation and delivery of reports on the state of the customer’s energy contracts.
  • Recommendations on price positioning. Identification of opportunities for pricing objectives on the market based on the purchasing strategy set up for the customer and their communication to the customer.
  • In-person quarterly meetings. Meetings with customers to review market developments and the state of contracts.

DRAWING UP OF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Advanced Energy Consulting advises on the drawing up of the technical specifications for the signing of energy contracts. The service consists in the organisation and drawing up of the documents with the technical specifications for energy supply contracting, including the following steps:

  • Compilation of contract details
  • Updating of contract details
  • Selection and definition of types of energy contract and other electric bill items

NEGOTIATION WITH TRADING COMPANIES

Services to act as an intermediary with energy trading companies, aiding in negotiations and the drawing up of energy contracts based on the consumption profile and needs of each customer.
Advanced Energy Consulting provides support to customers in all stages of the bidding process.

  • Selection and ranking of suppliers
  • Delivery and explanation of technical specifications to suppliers
  • Bidding and reception of tenders
  • Economic comparison of bids
  • Legal analysis of bids (compliance with the established technical specifications)
  • Report with results and recommendations
  • Negotiation of management costs (profit margin and billing for programming diversions)
  • Review of the contract and coordination of its signing with the supplier

OPTIMISATION IN ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Advanced Energy Consulting provides support services for the process prior to contracting energy, including training for energy management and purchasing teams, analysis of contracts underway and definition of a purchasing strategy. All this with the aim of establishing the purchasing strategy that meets the needs and consumption profile of the customer.

Energy audits

Energy audits

The product is based on the performance of energy audits at complete water cycle facilities (pumping directly to the network, pumping from catchment or regulation reservoir, boreholes), the issuance of audit reports indicating potential savings and the corrective actions required to obtain them, an economic study on the amortisation of the investments necessary to implement these corrective actions, and monitoring of the extent to which the actions are executed and the savings made.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Improvement in energy efficiency, cost reduction, improved environmental and socially responsible image, access to subsidies to improve energy efficiency, awareness of best practices in energy use. Reporting of emissions in corporate social responsibility reports. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Compliance with and preparation to meet certain legal requirements.

Advanced energy management

Advanced energy management

Electricity is a major and ever-increasing cost factor for companies. The electricity sector is complex and to manage it well companies need to stay up to date with it. With the comprehensive energy management service, customers can forget about their electricity management, as Aqualogy’s experts will optimise its aspects, such as purchasing management, smart metering by sectors, invoice information and verification, contract optimisation, subsidy management and renewable production management.

Reservoir cleaning

Reservoir cleaning

Aqualogy’s irrigation reservoir, irrigation canal and water tank cleaning service uses state-of-the-art machinery and resources in accordance with strict efficiency and quality demands. Specific machinery is required to dredge and pump sludge from the bottom of reservoirs without damaging their waterproofing and pipes. Aqualogy also manages waste, and all its equipment in this area complies with the relevant occupational health and safety, quality and environmental regulations.

Smart metering system: iMeter

Smart metering system: iMeter

iMeter is a robust and reliable individual remote meter reading device. It has been designed not only to read the meters but also to interpret what the information means (consumptions, maximum and minimum flows, leaks, etc.). All the information collected by iMeter is sent via GPRS to a central server. The data reading and transmission frequency can be configured to meet the needs of the customer. By default, iMeter is configured to take readings every 15 minutes and send them to the system once a day. The iMeter solution is cheap and easy to install, requiring only a computer with Internet access to access the information it collates.

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