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Steam and hot-water systems from Spirax Sarco are helping Anglian Water treat sewage sludge at two new biosolids treatment works in Kings Lynn and Great Billing.

The projects are two of four schemes planned by the utility company to reduce biosolids volumes, increase quality and generate energy in the process.

This process will not only make the centres self-sufficient in electricity but any surplus will be exported on to the national grid.

Spirax Sarco was brought in to provide consultancy on the specification, design and installation of the steam systems for both sites.

A number of Spirax Sarco specialists in condensate recovery, steam trapping and water treatment worked in partnership with the projects’ contractors to design an easily maintainable system with minimal downtime.

Spirax Sarco supplied boiler-feed tanks and all the steam equipment associated with the standby, dual-fuelled steam boilers at both Kings Lynn and Great Billing.

These boilers are used during start-up and also during very cold weather when they are sometimes needed to supplement the steam from the CHP plants’ waste-heat boilers.

The company also supplied steam-to-hot-water Easiheat systems to provide standby hot water for both sites.

The Spirax Sarco systems are predominantly used during start-up, providing steam and hot water to drive the treatment processes.

Both projects have been built by Imtech as part of the Galliford Try Imtech Process (GTM) consortium.

The Kings Lynn plant has now been operating for almost three years, processing sludge equivalent to around 19,000 tonnes a year of dry solids.

The Great Billing plant will treat 38,700 tonnes of solids a year and was commissioned in late 2009 early 2010.

Although they vary in size, both sites operate similar processes to treat the sewage sludge or biosolids, which are a byproduct of waste-water treatment.

First, the sludge is heated by hot water to 42C and hydrolysed to break up some of the bigger molecules.

It is then steam heated to 55C to pasteurise it and destroy any pathogens.

Microorganisms continue to break down the pasteurised sludge even further in an anaerobic digester, where they convert a substantial proportion of it into biogas.

This biogas fuels an onsite combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which generates electricity, steam and hot water.

The result is a 40 per cent reduction in the volume of sludge.

It is also free from pathogens such as Salmonella and E coli and can therefore be used safely by farmers as a fertiliser substitute.

Spirax Sarco benefits built on knowledge. Spirax Sarco has all the products, services and expertise needed to make the best investments in building and maintaining a steam or industrial fluid plant.

A complete and flexible range of services is available to cover any need from supplying an individual steam trap, to a complete new plant and everything in between. Spirax Sarco Services can help identify, improve and sustain steam system efficiency at every point in the steam and condensate loop.

In addition, custom-built solutions can be created to take a project from design and build to commissioning, support and scheduled maintenance on time and on budget. Pioneers in steam, Spirax Sarco has developed longstanding relationships with customers across a wide range of industries, including hospitals; food & beverage; pharmaceutical; oil and petrochemical; and waste and waste water. Forward thinking to keep you one step ahead As the market leader in steam systems, Spirax Sarco has the market presence and resources to keep abreast of the latest legislative and technological developments.

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Spirax Sarco can provide all the training that your staff requires, either on-site or at the Cheltenham-based training centre, for nationally recognised qualifications including BTEC, City & Guilds and the Boiler Operative Accreditation Scheme (BOAS).

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