EDINBURGH, Scotland - Veolia Water Technologies has finished installing a £2.5 million wastewater treatment plant for the £100 million Macallan Distillery and visitor centre in Craigellachie, Moray.
The Macallan owners, Edrington, commissioned the new distillery to provide a much needed increase in volume production to meet the global demand for the world famous Macallan single malt whisky.
The distillery needed an enhanced wastewater plant on site to meet the SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency) regulations for discharge into the environmentally sensitive River Spey.
Veolia had previously worked on Macallan’s previous wastewater treatment plant, plus a wastewater characterisation study prior to the design of the new plant.
The installation is based on Idraflot dissolved air flotation (DAF) unit followed by a Biosep membrane bioreactor (MBR).
Edrington’s UK Engineering Manager, George McKenzie, said: “Based on Veolia’s experience we expected to achieve a good quality discharge – certainly well within the consent limits – and that we have done. In addition the new plant has a much higher level of automation which means reduced operator involvement.”