Acid test success for Landia Chopper Pumps

Chopper pumps from Landia have completed over 10 years of service for Castle Environmental, the leading independent waste management company who specialise in neutralising and dewatering hazardous waste acids and alkalis.

Landia Chopper Pump

The stainless steel MPTK chopper pumps from Landia, which also have specially coated nitrile seals, are installed in a 30m3 below-ground reception vessel that receives chemical and industrial hazardous waste from incoming tanker deliveries.

“We certainly chose the right pumps,” said Rob Cowley from Castle Environmental.

“This is a very arduous application for any pump, with solids in the reception tank also testing their endurance and capability. Apart from routine maintenance, we’ve never had any major problems. Landia’s chopper pumps have served us very well – and we get good back up service too”.

Castle Environmental, who offer a nationwide service for the collection and safe disposal of industrial and commercial chemical wastes, first introduced Landia’s pumps in 2002.


CONCEPT - Biofore Concept Car on stage at UN International Day of Forests celebration in Geneva

The Biofore Concept Car, a joint production of UPM and the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, celebrates the International Day of Forests on Friday 21 March at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The car is a prime example of innovative use of renewable biomaterials that originate from responsibly managed forests. As such, the car is a perfect match with the day’s theme which focuses on innovative forest fibres, and their contribution to a greener economy.

bio car

“I think The Biofore Concept Car presents a brilliant example of collaboration between an industry and a university. It shows real innovative thinking with a real mission. A mission to make cars more sustainably and resource-efficiently in the future”, says Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Finland in Geneva in her speech at UN.
“We as The Biofore Company are pleased to take part in this event. The main theme of the day is at the core of our Biofore thinking. We use forest biomass responsibly and innovatively, and create new materials that both contribute to a more sustainable economy and bring added value for our customers,” says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand and Communications, UPM. “Our roots are in the forests wherein also lies the key to a more sustainable and resource efficient future."  
In the Biofore Concept Car, the majority of parts that are traditionally made of plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. UPM Formi is a recyclable biocomposite manufactured from cellulose fibre and plastics. UPM Grada, in turn, is a thermoformable wood material which enables high quality aesthetic and ecological designs.
Moreover, the car will be fuelled by UPM BioVerno, a wood-based renewable diesel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly compared to fossil fuels. The Biofore Concept Car premiered at the Geneva International Motor Show in early March and has raised considerable interest in the automotive industry and media. 


About UPM
Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 21,000 people and its annual sales are approximately € 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM – The Biofore Company –

About UPM Formi
UPM Formi is new cellulose fibre reinforced plastic composite with high renewable material content. It is designed for injection moulding, extrusion and thermoforming applications. Up to 50% of UPM Formi's raw material is renewable. UPM Formi is manufactured by UPM Biocomposites, which develops, manufactures, markets and sells high quality composites UPM Formi and UPM ProFi. UPM Formi granulates are sold to wide range of industrial and consumer applications. UPM ProFi products are for outdoor end uses in construction. UPM Biocomposites factories are located in Finland and Germany and it is part of UPM’s new businesses.,

About UPM Grada
UPM Grada is a new thermoformable wood material for the form pressing industry. It is manufactured by UPM Plywood whose main offering is high quality WISA® plywood and veneer products mainly for the construction and transport industries. The sales of UPM Plywood in 2013 were EUR 429 million and it has about 2,300 employees. UPM Plywood has six plywood mills and a veneer mill in Finland, and plywood mills in Russia and Estonia.,

About UPM Biofuels
UPM plans to become a significant player in the field of high quality, advanced traffic biofuels. Biofuels are an essential part of the Biofore strategy, which combines the bio and forest industries. The innovative, wood-based biofuels produced by UPM and the production technologies used are an integral part of a sustainable future. UPM biofuels are forerunners in quality, usability and sustainability – they considerably reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by traffic when compared with fossil fuels.

About Metropolia University of Applied Sciences 
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science is Finland’s largest university of applied sciences, which educates the professionals of tomorrow in the fields of culture, business, health care and social services, and technology. From altogether 65 degree programmes 14 are in English. Metropolia operates in the Greater Helsinki region (Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa) and has around 16,800 students and 1100 staff members. Metropolia is a reliable partner and an innovator in higher education.

For more information, please contact:
Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand and Communications, UPM, tel. +358 204 16 7806


Landia pumps and mixers for The Grosvenor Estate

Pumps and mixers from Landia UK, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014, are helping Grosvenor Farms to efficiently and effectively process its slurry.

Part of the Grosvenor Estate that represents the assets owned by trusts on behalf of the Grosvenor family, headed by the sixth Duke of Westminster, Grosvenor Farms is a 6,000 acre farm that produces milk, cereals and potatoes.

Working in close conjunction with Midland Slurry Systems, who offer a turnkey operation for slurry treatment and pollution control, two Landia pumps and a mixer are in operation at the Estate’s Grange Farm in Churton near Chester.  

A 3.3m Longshaft Landia MPG pump (15.0kW 4”) and a high pressure Landia DG pump (3.0kW) combine with a Landia POP mixer (5.5kW 300rpm) to mix and reduce the density of thick cattle slurry from young stock so that it can be pumped to a gantry-mounted separator.  

Separated liquor is held and then either returned to the reception pit for further thinning or pumped several hundred metres to a storage lagoon.

David Craven, the health and safety representative and building maintenance manager of Grosvenor Farms, said:  “We have no disruption with Landia’s pumps and mixers, which are certainly built to last.  They are also very capable of handling the long distances that we need to pump our slurry”.

Family-run business Midland Slurry Systems, who have been working with the Grosvenor Estate for over six years, have also teamed up with Landia at Chapel House Farm in Bruera near Chester. 

Here, a Landia pump is utilised to send used run-off water and wastewater from parlour washing to a reception pit several hundred metres away (via a pre-installed 4” irrigation main) to a 25 million gallon storage lagoon.


Noise prompts suspension of work at Viridor EfW project

Work on the commissioning process for the Exeter Energy from Waste plant has been suspended until 4 March following complaints about noise from some residents in Exeter.
The noise emitted by steam blowing through the plant - to dislodge grit from the internal pipework - far exceeded initial forecasts.
After two successive 'blows' the operation was stopped to allow for technical modifications and further communication to the community, according to Ian Crummack, project director at TIRU UK- the company constructing the plant
"We are very sorry for any alarm caused by these two incidents. On Tuesday, we set two steam blows, which lasted for about 8-10 minutes.  Whilst it is a perfectly safe procedure that is a vital part of commissioning the plant, the noise was nonetheless extremely loud - far louder than we had anticipated, so we have halted the process".  
Steps are now being made to try and mitigate the noise and increase communication to ensure more people know what to expect.  
The steam blows will be taking place at 10am and 2pm from Tuesday 4th March  - Thursday 6th March and Monday 10th - Thursday 13th March when all steam blowing should be concluded.
Steam blowing is a one off process when constructing the plant.  When it is in operation it will be barely audible beyond the boundary of the facility. 

CONTRACT - Alstom turbine for Brigg renewables power plant

Danish power plant company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) has selected Alstom to design and supply a 45MW geared reaction steam turbine (GRT) for the Brigg renewable energy plant in the UK.

Located at a former British Sugar site in Lincolnshire, the £90m power station project is due on-stream in early 2016. It be primarily fuelled using locally sourced straw but will also burn wood.

This is the second contract signed between the two companies for a UK GRT in a biomass power station, following an agreement last year on the 15.8MW wood-fuelled Lisahally scheme in Northern Ireland.

"The biomass market requires a more efficient steam turbine that can offer more power to the network,” said Daniel Wahler, VP of industrial steam turbines at Alstom

The GRT is pre-assembled in an Alstom facility before shipment and just requires a simple foundation to which the steam turbine generator package is anchored, as a result saving money during installation and commissioning.

Alstom said it has optimised the GRT for efficient and flexible power production, covering renewable and traditional fuel types in addition to industrial applications for process steam.

The design features a flexible modular concept and a plug-and-play package to reduce installation time, accord9ing to the company.

BWSC recently announced that Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S (BWE) is to supply a grate fired biomass boiler for the Brigg plant.

BWE and BWSC previously worked together on the Sleaford biomass plant in the UK. The biomass power plant in Brigg is of the same type and is able to burn straw and up 50% wood chips, with a generation capacity of 40MWe.

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