HUBER complete solution: sludge treatment plant at Šumperk WWTP officially inaugurated

HUBER Screw Press Q-PRESS®
The HUBER Screw Press Q-PRESS® 440.2 dewaters the sludge, the HUBER Belt Dryer BT 12 then dries the dewatered sludge.

On Thursday, 12 October, the official inauguration of the sludge treatment plant at the Šumperk WWTP in the Czech Republic took place. With this state-of-the-art sludge treatment solution, the operator of the wastewater treatment plant, Vodohospodářská zařízení Šumperk, a. s. (VHZ) and its subsidiary, Šumperská provozní vodohospodářská společnost, a.s. (SPVS), have realised a milestone project and are prepared for all future environmental legislation and challenges in the field of sewage sludge treatment.

Completed in only three months

In a record time of only three months, the team of HUBER SE, the Czech subsidiary HUBER CS spol. s r.o. and their local technology partner Kunst spol. s.r.o. completed the installation, drying tests and commissioning of the sludge dewatering system with the HUBER Screw Press Q-PRESS® 440.2 and the sludge drying system with the HUBER Belt Dryer BT 12 FAS. Both machines are highly energy-efficient technologies whose development placed great emphasis on ease of operation.
While the screw presses dewater sludge from the local wastewater treatment plant in Šumperk, the sludge drying solution is also designed to treat externally delivered sludge from surrounding wastewater treatment plants. The total capacity of the belt dryer is 8,000 t of dewatered sewage sludge.

Advantages in operating costs decisive

The advantages in terms of operating costs over an operating period of 10 years were decisive for the successful tender and award to Kunst together with HUBER's sludge treatment concept.

Excellent results in dewatering degree and drying performance

From the first start-up, all machines worked perfectly and delivered excellent results. The HUBER Screw Press Q-PRESS® was able to achieve up to 28% DR and is currently operating with a stable dewatering degree of approx. 22% DR. The belt dryer was immediately operated at and above its design throughput and a continuous drying performance of >95% DR.
Thanks to an excellent team, this project will help to advance sophisticated sludge treatment processes – and it shows that experienced project partners and technology providers are crucial for successful implementation.
We are very proud to be part of the project and wish a good hand in the future operation of the plant.
The HUBER Belt Dryer BT in the Šumperk project is the first “new” generation thermal dryer supplied by HUBER to Eastern Europe. Thus, it also represents a HUBER milestone project for the entire Eastern European region.
The entire handling of the project and all project phases went extremely smoothly and professionally. This enabled us to distinguish ourselves noticeably from market competitors already during project execution.
This difference was recognised and repeatedly praised by our partner Kunst as well as by the plant owner VHZ and operator SPVS. Above all, the problem-free commissioning and the quasi-immediate start of the plant to target operation was impressive.
For this, we would like to express our gratitude to all departments and employees involved!
We are very optimistic that further projects will follow in the Czech Republic despite the current less stringent disposal regulations.