Modular tertiary treatment solution overcomes challenging site access

Installation challenge – high voltage overhead cables and narrow country lanes on route

WPL were tasked to design and manufacture a bespoke modular steel wastewater process solution for Danesmoor wastewater treatment works (7000 PE), which involved challenging on-site access.

The tertiary treatment plant is designed to treat the residual ammonia from the wastewater being discharged to a watercourse. As part of a £2million upgrade at Yorkshire Water’s site, the revision was imposed to meet the latest regulations on water quality set by European legislation (the Freshwater Fish Directive).

The Yorkshire Water contracts delivery partner Byzac Entec commissioned WPL after a formal tendering process against the Yorkshire Water asset standard and taking into account whole life costs.

Modular WPL SAF design:

The unit had to handle 50 l/sec FFT (almost twice the average) meaning that something out of the ordinary had to be devised. The 11.7m length, 4.6m tall and 2.9m wide WPL N-SAF unit was built off-site prior to being transported to Danesmoor wastewater treatment works; a process being favoured for lowering health and safety risks on-site.

WPL’s design engineers came up with eight modular tanks manufactured from steel, as per the specification, which were assembled off-site in the factory.

 

The installation challenge – high voltage overhead cables and narrow country lanes on route:

The units had to then be taken apart for transportation to avoid overhead electric cables and fit down narrow country lanes. The tanks had to be lifted, rotated and placed onto a prepared concrete slab when on-site.

This process solution of a factory ‘kit’ build meant that fewer workers were required at Yorkshire Water’s site, in turn minimising the risk of health and safety and quality control.

All eight modular tanks were erected on site within two days. The units were supplied, delivered and installed successfully to improve the discharge from Danesmoor wastewater treatment works with no safety implications.

Montage of images showing the modular

The eight steel modular tertiary N-SAF tanks designed by WPL engineers were installed ahead of time and on budget.

 

The performance:

Within one month, the modular WPL N-SAF was fully operational and achieving 0 mg/l ammonia effluent.

danesmoor wastewater treatment works ammonia concentration results for the WPL steel SAF wastewater biological treatment plant

Bespoke modular steel WPL N-SAF (submerged aerated filter) biological packaged wastewater treatment solution for Danesmoor wastewater treatment works (7000 PE) for United Utilities, which involved challenging on-site access with overhead cables and narrow country lanes.