Black & Veatch to oversee commissioning of EWH facility in UK

WCN Editorial Team 5 Apr 2019 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

American engineering firm Black & Veatch has been selected as principal contractor to complete the final stages of commissioning of Energy Works Hull’s combined heat and power (CHP) enabled gasification plant in the UK.

EWH will produce around 24MW of electricity that can power more than 40,000 homes, enabling to divert up to 240,000 tonnes of household and industrial waste from landfill per annum.

The facility, which makes a significant contribution to the sustainable management of Hull’s household and industrial waste, is expected to help decrease carbon emissions by about 30,000 tonnes.

Black & Veatch Europe business development director Peter Hughes said: “Black & Veatch are pleased to be supporting Bioenergy Infrastructure Group to oversee the final stages of commissioning of the Energy Works Hull (EWH) project.”

More than 500 people have been employed during the peak stage of construction, and additional 25 jobs are expected to be created during the operational phase.

The selection of Black & Veatch is based on the decision taken in March by shareholders of EWH, including Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) and Noy, to terminate the EPC contract with MW High Tech Projects UK.

BIG recently announced that its facility Ince Bio Power located near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, has become fully operational. The plant uses similar technology as EWH.

At present, Ince Bio Power is said to be the largest advanced conversion technology (ACT) facility in the UK, which is expected to be overtaken by EWH after the Hull plant becomes operational.

ACT, a form of gasification, is a clean alternative to incineration, which converts waste into a combustible gas by heating it in a low-oxygen environment. Levenseat plant in Lanarkshire, another facility of BIG, also uses the ACT technology.

BIG CEO Hamish McPherson said: “Black & Veatch has demonstrated both technical capability and organisational commitment to the renewable energy industry, including as a lead contractor at our Ince Bio Power project in Cheshire, and we are delighted to have brought them on board in Hull.

“This represents very good news not only for this facility but for the city of Hull. We have regenerated a brownfield site, will be enabling other local businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and will be providing clean energy to the local grid.”

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Image: Black & Veatch will oversee the final stages of commissioning of EWH combined heat and power enabled gasification plant in the UK. Photo: Courtesy of Bioenergy Infrastructure Group.

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