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Wastewater Sludge Management Seminar 2019

  • Date(s)
    Friday, 4 October 2019
  • Time(s)
    From 1:00 PM
  • Venue
    Haughton Building, IT Carlow

About the event

CIWEM (Republic of Ireland Branch) and Engineers Ireland (Southeast Region) in association with IT Carlow, Veolia Ireland and Irish Water are hosting a wastewater sludge management seminar with two keynote presentations:

  • Wastewater Sludge Strategy-overview by Aoife Kyne, Sludge Strategy Specialist, Irish Water.
  • Thermal hydrolysis of wastewater sludge by Alan Whitty, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Veolia Ireland.

About the Speakers and synopsis of presentations

Aoife Kyne is the Wastewater and Sludge Asset Planning Specialist with Irish Water and has over 18 years’ experience, in both the private and public sectors.  Aoife is responsible for defining the long and medium term asset strategies and providing strategic forward thinking in relation to sludge treatment, disposal and re-use.

The National Wastewater and Sludge Management Plan (NWSMP) is a 25 year strategy and is reviewed every five years. The NWSMP sets out a nationwide standardised approach to ensure that treated wastewater sludge across the country is effectively managed, stored, transported and re-used or disposed of in a sustainable way, to the benefit of the public and the environment we all live in. Aoife will give an overview of Irish Water’s Sludge Strategy and discuss current treatment and re-use, challenges, quality control and alternative treatments.

Alan Whitty Chartered Engineer
Alan has  over 17 years experience in the Water / Wastewater Industry, holding roles in design, construction, R+D, commissioning and project management. Alan’s specific expertise is in sludge treatment processes and is currently the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Veolia Ireland.

Sludge treatment by Advanced Anaerobic Digestion (AAD) offers significant OPEX & carbon emission savings when compared to conventional processes such as thermal drying and alkaline stabilisation. However, conversion of an existing conventional sludge drying based sludge treatment facility to AAD can bring significant challenges, particularly in small to medium sized applications. Alan will discuss how Thermal Hydrolysis was used as the core technology to upgrade an existing Sludge Treatment Facility at Osberstown WWTP, and how several new innovations were brought together to make this possible.



Free however booking is required. Please use the link provided. Reserved parking will be available for participants. Finger food will be provided from 1.00pm with presentations commencing at 2.00pm



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