Anaerobic treatment plant supplied to Czech brewery by Veolia partnership

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PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 11, 2010 -- A Czech brewery will soon start generating electricity from its own wastewater following the introduction of a revised contract with a Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (VWS) subsidiary.

VWS brand Biothane and VWS MEMSEP will supply anaerobic wastewater treatment to the long-established Czech brewery Svijany.

The combined anaerobic and aerobic project includes Biothane’s Biobed EGSB (Expanded Granular Sludge Bed) technology and an upgrade of the existing aerobic treatment. Commissioning will start shortly and the start-up of the installation will take place in summer 2010.

Svijany Brewery, located approximately 80km outside Prague, initially appointed VWS MEMSEP as the main contractor for the treatment of the site’s wastewater. Due to the extension of the brewery´s production capacity, a revised wastewater treatment became necessary.

Biothane’s scope in this project is the wastewater’s anaerobic treatment, with a 900m3 maximum daily capacity and the layout of the treatment plant has been designed to leave the option for a second anaerobic reactor.

Erik Draber, Biothane´s area manager of the project, said: “The combined strength of the two VWS subsidiaries has made the project especially attractive for the client. It is a first step for Biothane to introduce its technologies to the Czech market."

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