The UK’s Energy Works Hull has engaged the global engineering firm Black & Veatch as principal contractor to oversee the final stages of commissioning its combined heat and power gasification plant.
Courtesy of BIG
The plant will generate around 24MW of electricity – enough to power over 40,000 homes – and will have the capacity to divert up to 240,000 tonnes each year of household and industrial waste from landfill. It is expected to reduce carbon emissions by about 30,000 tonnes.
Over 500 people were employed over the course of the construction phase and a further 25 jobs will follow in the operational phase. More jobs are being supported in the supply chain.
The move to engage Black & Veatch follows the decision in March by shareholders of EWH, including Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (“BIG”) and Noy, to terminate MW High Tech Projects UK Limited’s engineering, procurement and construction contract.
BIG recently announced that Ince Bio Power, its facility near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire which uses technology similar to EWH, is fully operational. Ince Bio Power is currently the largest advanced conversion technology (“ACT”) facility in the UK but will be overtaken by EWH once the Hull plant is fully operational.
ACT – a form of gasification – is a clean alternative to incineration that turns waste into a combustible gas by heating it in a low oxygen environment. Another BIG facility, the smaller Levenseat plant in Lanarkshire, Scotland, also utilises ACT technology.
“Black & Veatch is pleased to be supporting Bioenergy Infrastructure Group to oversee the final stages of commissioning of the Energy Works Hull project,” said Peter Hughes, Director of Business Development, Europe, Black & Veatch.