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Aquabio secures major contract with “single malt that started it all”

Posted on January 16th, 2017

Waste Water Treatment Plant for The Glenlivet distillerAquabio has won a £1 million contract to supply a cutting edge Waste Water Treatment Plant for The Glenlivet distillery in Moray, Scotland which is owned and operated by Chivas Brothers. The Glenlivet whisky is biggest selling single malt brand globally and it is described as “The single malt that started it all.”

UK waste water treatment specialists Aquabio were chosen by Chivas Brothers because of expertise in the use of state-of-the art proven membrane bioreactor technology to treat the effluent from the distillery. The new Plant will enable Chivas Brothers to increase capacity to handle the growth of the distillery as well as improvements in effluent discharge quality to the River Livet meeting stringent parameters set by SEPA. The project will be completed early in 2016 and will discharge the treated effluent to the River Livet. Chivas Brothers are committed to protecting resources by making sure that wastewater is treated effectively before being returned to the natural environment, as well as reducing energy consumption.

The new plant will use Aquabio’s AMBR LETM Low Energy Membrane Bioreactor (MBR).  MBR is a combination of a membrane based filtration process with an aerobic biological reactor. AMBR LETM produce effluent of a very high quality to be discharged to stringent watercourse requirements. The plant is modular in nature allowing for simple future expansion to meet the needs of a growing business.

Chivas Brothers’ Engineering Manager, Ewen Fraser said: “We’re delighted to be installing the state-of-art technology at The Glenlivet. Not only will it allow us to increase capacity but it also demonstrates our commitment to protecting resources and the natural environment.”
Aquabio’s Managing Director, Steve Goodwin, said: “The Glenlivet is a worldwide brand and Aquabio is delighted to be associated with such a well-known name.  The company is making a significant investment at Moray to improve waste water quality.  Aquabio’s 15 year track record of providing large scale water reuse in the UK drinks sector with low energy technology and high engineering standards was an important factor in the decision to choose Aquabio and we are proud to be working with Chivas Brothers on this prestigious project.”

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