Case Study: Conex Water Treatment Equipment Enclosure for Portable “Dewatering” Plant to Treat Coal Ash Pond Water

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) WesTech reached out to Falcon Structures to design a containerized equipment enclosure solution for a major energy client.

A leader in the engineering and manufacturing of process equipment for wastewater industries, WesTech  needed a modular water treatment equipment enclosure solution for a client that had been federally mandated to clean up hundreds of coal ash ponds.

The process to treat coal ash pond water is extremely sensitive, as the water contains hazardous coal power production byproducts.

  • Modified conex containers were a key solution for water industry player, WesTech
  • Falcon Structures prepared the walls to hold heavy duty water treatment equipment
  • Shipping container mobile water treatment plants can protect high value equipment
  • Utility ports or bulkheads have custom design for easy on site deployment

Key Goals: Reduce Costs and Downtime between Clean-up Sites

Unlike containers, traditional stick-built equipment enclosures take longer to build and deploy because they are built onsite from the foundation up. Stick-built solutions are also more expensive and waste more materials.

Once the clean-up project is finished, the crew moves on to the next site and the water treatment equipment enclosure is abandoned. Consequently, none of the dollars invested in materials and labor to build a new enclosure at each of the hundreds of sites can be recouped or “reinvested.”

The Solution: 40-foot Mobile, Containerized, Industrial Equipment Enclosure

Inherently modular, clients can easily move shipping container enclosures from one pond to the next once a cleanup is completed. WesTech reduced client costs considerably because there was no longer a need to build a new enclosure at every pond, and their modified shipping containers usually require no special foundation or skirting.

Key features of Falcon’s proposed enclosure solution for WesTech included:

  • Climate control system to maintain desired temperature.
  • Specially treated flooring for liquid containment.
  • Multiple pass-through access points to accommodate pipes and electrical wiring.

One added benefit for WesTech? Significant reduction in paperwork and other project related hassles.

A WesTech project manager told Falcon he issued an estimated 60 purchase orders for a previous system. Since Falcon manages all duties and processes related to the design and manufacturing of the shipping container solution, we eliminate the need for contracting with multiple vendors. Our one-P.O. ordering process saves WesTech valuable time, headaches and money. 

Learn how shipping containers are also a solution for MBBR/MBR plants.

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