Reviewing Plant Operation at Sonoco Paper Mill Effluent Treatment Plant

Aquability OPS Wastewater Treatment Consultants

The Sonoco Plant at Stainland, Halifax processes recycled paper, pulps it and make cardboard tubes. The plant uses large amount of water which results in waste effluent that requires treating before it can be discharged to sewer or reused in the process.

The Effluent Treatment Plant comprises a DAF and activated sludge plant. The plant generally performs well but frequently suffers from filamentous bacteria outbreaks in the activated sludge plant which cause operation and performance issues.

Aquability OPS Ltd  performed an assessment of the treatment plant as a whole and provided recommendations for improving and optimising plant operation and performance, and determined the design requirements for a replacement fine bubble aeration system.

Yorkshire Water select Aquability as their Process Partner

Yorkshire Water has selected Aquability OPS Ltd as their process partner for a series of AMP7 early investigation workshops. Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the early investigation has now been completed, with Phase 3 starting in January 2017. Nicola Henderson will be the Partner Process Lead at seven 3 day workshops. Each workshop will focus on a wastewater treatment plant, to identify the issues and develop the solution, scope and costing for developing AMP7 budgets.

Eliminating Microthrix at Denaby Activated Sludge Plant

Yorkshire Water’s 35,000 PE Denaby WWTP was built in 2008 and combined flows from Denaby, (population 6,500). Burcoft (population 11,400) and Mexborough (population 17,600). The treatment plant includes primary settlement, an anoxic tank, four activated sludge lanes and two final settling tanks.

The plant treats a flow to full treatment of up to 215 l/s and has final effluent consent requirements of 25 mg/l BOD (or 70% removal), 125 mg/l COD (or 75% removal) and 9 mg/l ammonia on a 95%ile spot sample basis, which is discharged to the River Don.

Since it was built the plant has suffered from microthrix growth and associated operational and performance issues for around six months of the year. In 2017 Aquability OPS Ltd was engaged by Yorkshire Water to determine the cause of the issues and identify and implement a solution. The changes made by Aquability have resulted in the plant achieving robust and reliable operation and performance, and to date the microthrix has not returned.

Microthrix in ASP
Microthrix eliminated following Aquability process optimisation