Glan Agua was awarded the Process, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Design contract for Mountshannon WWTPs Aeration Upgrade. The appointment consisted of the design, build and commissioning of the upgrade of the Aeration system. This upgrade had two benefits; firstly the treatment capacity of the plant was increased to 750PE and secondly the energy efficiency of the plant was improved. The installed system replaced an inefficient existing surface aerator. A fine bubble diffused aeration system consisting 2no. blowers with variable speed drives, DO probe, PVC laterals, stainless steel air main manifold and new control panel were supplied. All works were carried out on a live wastewater treatment plant with all incoming flows successfully managed and treated throughout the installation.
The process is an activated sludge with extended aeration. The blowers are configured on a duty/standby basis and feed into a common stainless steel air main with a drop leg into the aeration basin. Manual isolation valves on each blower discharge for isolation and maintenance purposes are provided. The lateral and distribution system for the diffusers are uPVC with stainless steel brackets and fixings. The diffusers are fixed to the aeration grid. The system also has a 20mm bleed line to allow water to be purged from the system. The blowers motor speed control is by variable speed drives. Automatic DO control is accomplished through simple changes in blower output, by varying the motor speed. The dissolved oxygen measurement and control system maintain the DO level within an operating band between 1 and 2 mg/l this set point is HMI adjustable. HMI shows status of blowers and DO probe with set point and alarm pages included. The system has been designed to deliver a SAOR of 8.26 kg O2/hr at full loading. The blower duty selected was 190 m3/hr at a pressure of 285mbar.