Water Treatment How to Treat API Effluents in Waste–Water Efficiently

Editor: Dominik Stephan

A multinational pharmaceutical company wanted to install an effluent management system in its new plant. However, power consumption was one of the major concerns of the company. ATE Enterprises solved the problem by offering a combination of two effective systems.

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One of its kind ETP based on anaerobic technology treats API effluent efficiently
One of its kind ETP based on anaerobic technology treats API effluent efficiently
(Picture: ATE Enterprises)

In today’s complex pharmaceutical operations, treating water from a pharma company remains a major challenge. As the water contains a variety of chemicals, which are hazardous to the environment, this treatment system plays an important role not only to the company but also for the surroundings. As a result, installing an effective effluent system is challenging but it is also an essential task for any pharma company. Given below is a case study of an effluent management system installation at the plant of one of the leading pharma company‘s in central India.

Background and Challenges

With a legacy of over 75 years in the generic API industry, this success story belongs to one of the leading international supplier‘s of active pharmaceutical ingredients. This case study depicts how ATE achieved the task of treating the complex API effluent with innovative applications of anaerobic-aerobic combination at one of their client’s site in central India.

Cost and Energy Efficient Effluent System

The client was concerned about the treatability of the complex effluent that was expected to be generated out of this unit. The energy cost involved in treating the effluent too was of prime concern.

When the customer met ATE personnel, they expressed their concern and challenges. After a series of discussions with the client and consultants, it was decided to opt for a combination of anaerobic and aerobic treatment for this plant. This is considered as a first–of–its–kind solution for pharma effluent treatment.

After placing the order with ATE, the company installed a 250 m3/day effluent treatment plant based on anaerobic-aerobic combination at the customer’s pharma company’s new plant.

* First published in PROCESS India