Uniquely, EnviroChemie is fully involved in all the different demands of a dairy. This means that measures such as water recycling, which is becoming increasingly important for businesses, can be managed profitably. For example, water can be recovered from the vapour condensate. This keeps costs down on the freshwater side and reduces the wastewater introduced into the receiving water and the sewerage system. Dairies are thus able to improve their water footprint and their environmental balance.
And this was the case for the dairy client who approached EnviroChemie a few years ago with a plan to expand production in several stages in the near future. “The contract we received stated that specific milestones and timings had to be met for setting the plant for the increased load,” says Böhm. His team took over the operation management and the client benefited from lean project management. EnviroChemie was independently responsible for every aspect: the process engineering design, the additional construction of tanks, and installing the aggregates or motors. “So, if something does not work later on, we will take responsibility for it,” emphasises Böhm.
Freed from tasks that take a great deal of time
Handing over the plant to experts can sometimes reveal positive upsides. “We were able to reduce electricity costs directly on the existing plants by changing the way the blowers operate,” explains Böhm. In addition to this, the plant service schedule is also part of the operation management concept, including preventive maintenance, repairs and standard daily inspection tours. “These sorts of thing can otherwise take up a vast amount of time in a day’s production,” says Böhm. And in many cases, the client would have to deal with a third-party supplier for this work anyway. Clients using EnviroChemie’s operation management can dispense with all of this: “They spend less on coordination, less on personnel, and we are often able to source spare parts at a better price to boot,” summarises Böhm. These operation management models are usually calculated on a fixed cost percentage which covers, for example, personnel and maintenance combined with a variable component based approximately on the quantity of wastewater.
Operation management can also be extended to cover financing the plant: one option is for a company such as EnviroChemie to finance, build and operate the plant. “This means the wastewater plant stays on our books which can be an interesting alternative for our clients,” explains Böhm. Particularly bearing in mind that wastewater plants produce nothing from an economic point of view. Or, as a common saying about wastewater disposal would have it: “It offers no return, but everyone needs it.” Böhm is convinced that contracting out a plant can therefore be an attractive option for many dairies in times of favourable financing.