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Abattoir Effluent, C&K Meats

Client:C&K Meats

Background

C&K Group, which owns J H Lamberts and C&K Meats, is an independent, family-owned wholesale and catering butchers based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The company had developed a new state of the art multi-species slaughterhouse facility at Eye, allowing for 221,000 beasts comprising pigs, cattle and sheep to be processed on an annual basis.

The high-tech plant incorporated carbon reducing features such as rainwater harvesting and refrigeration heat recovery, and also required a small footprint effluent treatment solution for ensuring compliance with the discharge consent to sewer.

The Overall Objective

With specific planning constraints that would impact on the site’s effluent treatment processes, C&K Group approached SPS 12 months prior to any construction work commencing on the site.

SPS was able to advise on the most suitable effluent treatment solution – a containerised plant which would enable compliance with planning conditions and discharge to sewer consent limits from the start of operations at the new slaughterhouse.

Solution

Within the 40 ft container, SPS packaged a feed pump, three stage reaction tank, D5 DAF unit, chemical dosing systems, sludge pump, control panel and designated space for chemical storage. A 40m³ balance tank, above ground pump sump and screening were also installed by SPS, with the complete system treating some 50m³ of effluent per day.

With enough going on at the slaughterhouse during the new build, this innovative solution ensured ease of delivery and set up, as the container was already packaged before delivery, enabling J H Lamberts to focus on completion of the new slaughterhouse. As a result, it was possible to prepare the civils in advance as part of the abattoir’s build, with the packaged treatment plant being delivered on a lorry.

Once the unit was on site, external pipework was completed and the unit connected to site utilities. It was ready to run in a matter of days to coincide with the start of slaughtering operations.

Richard Brinkley, project manager at J H Lamberts LTD, commented: “We were under very tight time constraints on the build of the abattoir and simply wouldn’t have been able to commence operations without the effluent treatment system up and running. SPS’s flexible approach and understanding of the pressures we were under helped to ensure that the build project ran to schedule, and that we had a compliant discharge to sewer right from the off.”

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