16 April 2021 by James Langley

BWSC sells EfW plant construction arm

Danish power facility specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) announced the sale of its energy from waste (EfW) plant construction arm to a newly established company on 12 April.

Scandinavian Energy Contractor (SEC), a new venture also said to be based in Denmark, says it will “utilise and build on” the existing skills and experience of the former BWSC EfW plant construction business.

BWSC was contracted to build the Hooton plant by CoGen in November 2018 (picture: CoGen)

BWSC says it will complete its ongoing construction projects, which include the 240,000 tonnes per year capacity Hooton Bio Power gasification plant in Cheshire (see letsrecycle.com story).

BWSC was contracted to build the Hooton plant by UK-based renewable energy developer CoGen in November 2018. SEC and CoGen share senior personnel.

Nikolaj Holmer Nissen, CEO of BWSC, said in a statement: “After having worked to build and expand the waste-to-energy business (hereunder ACT) over the past years, we are pleased that SEC recognises the strength of the ACT business as well as its future potential.

“Following from our collaboration on the Hooton project, great energy has emerged between our companies and SEC has decided to carry on the business with the BWSC ACT team, who has demonstrated great dedication to quality, time and budget – maintained even under the Covid-19 pandemic.”

BWSC says it will now focus on its operation and maintenance (O&M) and service businesses.

‘Contractor of choice’

SEC says it hopes to become established as the contractor of choice to deliver EfW projects across UK and Europe, including the operation and maintenance of the facilities it builds. Letsrecycle.com asked SEC to clarify the impact and significance of its entry into the UK market, but it declined to comment.

“We are excited at this opportunity and look forward to working with BWSC to ensure a smooth transition and a fruitful future collaboration”

Ian Brooking, SEC

The deal sees 100 BWSC employees move to SEC, which says it is to recruit “further talented staff”.

Ian Brooking is chairman of SEC and also chief executive officer and co-founder of CoGen. He said: “The transfer to SEC of around 70 employees, and the intention of a further 30, provides a significant base of experience to build on BWSC’s extensive history of 4000MW successfully installed across the world.”

He added: “We are excited at this opportunity and look forward to working with BWSC to ensure a smooth transition and a fruitful future collaboration.

“We are committed to delivering high-quality facilities, utilising the skills and experience of the transferring staff, building on the undoubted BWSC reputation and never losing focus on value-added customer support that the end-users have come to expect.”

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