7 March 2019 by Will Date

Contractor exits Hull Energy Works project

The developers of a 240,000 tonne-capacity waste gasification plant in Hull has ended the contract with an engineering company on the project citing ‘significant delays’ to the facility.

Energy Works (Hull) Ltd terminated the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with MW High Tech Projects UK for the development of the plant on a brownfield site near the centre of the city, this week.

The Energy Works plant in Hull. In the forground is the facility’s ‘education centre’.

Construction of the plant began in January 2016 but the facility has missed its initial 2018 deadline for completion. Hot commissioning of the plant began in April 2018 (see letsrecycle.com story), and in late 2018 the company said it expected the plant to be fully operational by Spring 2019. However, it has not confirmed if this timetable is still expected.

Gasification

In a statement this week, the company said: “Energy Works Hull (“EWH”), a combined heat and power (“CHP”) enabled gasification plant and one of the largest renewable energy facilities of its kind in the UK, today announces that it has terminated MW High Tech Projects UK Limited’s engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) contract at the plant.

“It’s a decision that we have taken with great reluctance. The decision comes after, amongst other things, significant delay to the works.

“We will implement shortly a recovery plan to continue with the works. This move guarantees the future of the plant, and we look forward to continuing to process waste and produce renewable energy for the people of Hull.“

MWH has been contacted for comment.

Technology

The Energy Works plant is designed to have a single fluidised bed gasifier feeding a boiler and steam turbine generator with feedstock preparation, storage and associated plant all located on site.

The pre-treatment facility built to feed the gasification plant

The MPT – mechanical pre-treatment plant – and fuel conveying system for Energy Works which receives the RDF prepared by suppliers from municipal and C&I waste, has been designed, manufactured and constructed by Sutco UK, part of the LM Group.

Around 160 jobs were created during the construction of the facility with a further 25 jobs created for the operationof the plant

The project was awarded a £19.9 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund in 2013.

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