Verdion announces completion of new Amazon mega shed at iPort

Real estate investor and developer, Verdion, has completed construction of the new 1.1 million sq ft (102,190 sq m), £100 million logistics facility for Amazon at iPort, its 6 million sq ft (557,400 sq m) strategic rail freight interchange in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

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The bespoke warehouse is 0.5 kilometres in length - the size equivalent of 14 football pitches - while the building design itself is state of the art, with an interior fit-out design and specification that is cutting edge and unique to Amazon.

John Clements, European Development Director, Verdion, comments: “We are delighted to have completed on schedule, less than 12 months after signing the deal with Amazon - extremely quick for such a large and complex project.”

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Gent Visick, CBRE and Colliers are letting agents for iPort.

Robert Whatmuff, Director in Colliers International’s Leeds office’s Industrial and Logistics division added: “Verdion’s iPort scheme was the key driver of take up in 2016 (2.3m sq. ft. in total on the scheme) and is set to be Yorkshire’s premier logistics site. Aside from Amazon taking around 1.3m sq. ft in two units on the development, a further 1m sq. ft. has also been leased to Lidl, Fellowes and Ceva. The scheme’s success to date has prompted Verdion to continue its speculative build programme with a 195,000 sq. ft. unit recently completed and available with further speculative development announced shortly. There are currently 3.4 million economically active people within 45 miles of the site so the project is also set to create plenty of job opportunities for the region’s community.”


ANDRITZ AUTOMATION opens two new offices to expand its presence in North America

ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has opened two new US locations in Pensacola, Florida, and Eugene, Oregon, thus demonstrating its commitment to provide its customers with individual and local support.

The local teams are committed to delivering progressive solutions and high-quality support for their customers’ electrical, control, and instrumentation systems in those regions.

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“The decision to increase our presence in the US was a strategic step in our business growth strategy,” said Milind Karkare, Senior Vice President for the ANDRITZ AUTOMATION Solutions division, which is responsible for serving the automation, electrification, instrumentation, and training needs for a wide range of industries, including local pulp and paper, mining, and lime customers. “These two locations bring us closer to our customers and also increase our ability to serve current and future markets as well as new industries”.

Address and contact details of the two new offices:

ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, Pensacola, Florida:
Contact: Mr. Stephen Stepp, Branch Manager

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Mobile: +1 (850) 460 4436

Contact: Mr. Carl Robichaud, Branch Manager

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Mobile: +1 (541) 213 1791


ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,200 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.


More than 2,000 ANDRITZ employees worldwide develop automation solutions and products for digitization and networking of systems and components. ANDRITZ AUTOMATION helps industrial facilities around the world to realize their full potential by maximizing output, minimizing costs, and optimizing operations. The experienced ANDRITZ
AUTOMATION team focuses on the design of electrical, control, and instrumentation systems, drawing on some of the world’s leading simulation, advanced process control, and operator training tools.


Dubai, China, Greece: Machine components from Saxony-Anhalt find worldwide use

With its links to the Elbe Port and its new manufacturing hall, the company AMS Arneburger Maschinen- und Stahlbau GmbH is on the road to further growth.

New apartments in Dubai, waste incineration in China, power station technology in Greece – the company AMS Arneburger Maschinen- und Stahlbau GmbH which is based in the northern part of the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt delivers components, specialist machinery and systems technology for use on building sites and at ports, in power stations and in the coal and steel industry. With the completion of a new manufacturing hall and thanks to its links to the Elbe Port, AMS is now intending to start playing in a higher league: from the early summer onwards, it will be possible for structural components weighing up to 100 tonnes to be lifted, loaded and transported on the canals. Following its completion in July 2017, the final assembly and painting of the AMS products will take place in the new manufacturing hall, which has some 3,300 square metres of floor space.

2017 05 03 094805Company employee Alexander Riep sets up the CNC turning lathe for the double-stroke turning of a cable drum. (Photo: Christoph Balle/AMS)

The machinery and components are usually transported to the customers by lorry. “With particularly heavy components or parts that are long and wide, however, the ship is the transport method of choice,” explains Christoph Balle, who is responsible for product planning at AMS. The Elbe Port is only 1.5 kilometres from the industry and business park in Arneburg, with the Container Port in Hamburg 300 kilometres downstream, where the goods are processed for their subsequent transportation. The rail link is another alternative to the road.

Founded in 1996 as a family business with ten employees, AMS has grown on a continuous basis ever since. Balle explains how the company’s wide range of services and products has always helped it to survive the economic downturns over the years without any major problems. The AMS Group now has some 150 members of staff, who work in the areas of machine building, crane building and customer services, and the team still includes the ten employees who were there at the very start.

With a very high depth of manufacturing, from cutting, to structural engineering, coating, mechanical processing on drilling and milling systems and the installation of manufactured components and components provided by customers, AMS is able to offer sophisticated services from one single source. From its location in Arneburg, AMS sends its semi-finished products to contractors for further completion and its ready-to-use system parts to the appropriate locations of use, worldwide.

At the moment, the Arneburg-based company for mechanical and structural engineering primarily manufactures major components for plant engineering and construction cranes in a variety of configurations. Since 2015, the company’s manufacturing division for construction crane technology has been producing its very own series of cranes. The first construction sites in Dubai and Germany have already been equipped with the first AMS cranes.

Since AMS also manufactures to order and on the basis of small-series runs, the working day is very varied. The dedicated and qualified employees face new challenges all the time, whether it is solving detailed tasks or realising extensive major projects. In particular, this applies to graduates of the dual degree course which the Arneburg-based company now offers together with the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg. The young graduates can expect to enjoy a variety of interesting tasks in the areas of construction and project management.


M+W Group selects Saxlund fuel feed & storage solution for Surrey Eco Park gasification facility

M+W Group the lead contractor for Surrey County Council’s new Eco Park, under construction at Charlton Lane, Shepperton in Surrey, has selected Saxlund International to provide the bulk material handling solution for the storage and discharge of RDF (refuse derived fuel) to feed the gasification facility within the site.

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The innovative new Eco Park, being developed by SUEZ recycling and recovery Surrey as part of its 25 year PFI contract with Surrey County Council, will take general waste collected from homes in northern Surrey and also some from local businesses.  It will incorporate both Anaerobic Digestion to process some 40,000 tonnes food waste, and the latest fluidised bed gasification technology producing syngas from RDF to provide 3.5MWe energy to the national grid, enough to power up to 8,000 homes.

Under the contract Saxlund International is responsible for the design, supply and commissioning of a fully automated fuel handling solution which will provide a fuel storage bunker for 2300 m3 of processed and screened RDF produced at the Eco Park.

The solution incorporates fully automated state-of-the-art push floor technology, based on ‘first in first out’ design principles to limit the opportunity for the fuel to degrade or compact. Fuel is then discharged on demand to a conveying and weighing system which in turn elevates and feeds the RDF to the gasifier fuel feed bins.

The solution is designed to handle some 55,000 tonnes of RDF per annum, feeding the gasifier with a metered flow of material. M+W Group, which is leading the design and development of this advanced waste-to-energy facility, selected Saxlund for their in-depth experience of bulk materials handling, especially alternative fuels like RDF, and their long involvement with fuel handling solutions for waste to energy plants.

Matt Drew, Managing Director of Saxlund International commented: “We are delighted to be involved with the development of the Eco Park’s gasification facility. Saxlund push floor technology and material handling solutions will help to ensure a highly resilient and robust solution for our clients. The project at Charlton Lane brings the number of UK concurrent gasification and waste to energy projects in which Saxlund material handling technology is involved to 10, all in design & construction.”

Eco Park Surrey

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SUEZ recycling and recovery Surrey

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Surrey, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK (formerly SITA UK), is contracted by Surrey County Council under a Private Finance Initiative to manage all recycling and disposal of Surrey's household waste.

SUEZ works with the county council, plus district and borough councils, to increase recycling and composting rates, minimise landfill and treat general waste in the most efficient, economic and sustainable way possible.

SUEZ manages a range of facilities on behalf of the county council including 15 community recycling centres and five waste transfer and bulking facilities within the county. SUEZ also works with Surrey County Council to develop new facilities to manage residual waste, including the Eco Park.

M+W Group

M+W Group is the lead contractor for the delivery of the new Surrey Eco Park.  Founded in 1912 and with its global headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, M+W Group employs over 6000 people worldwide. Providing design, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services, the company is a global leader in the delivery of high-tech facilities in the fields of energy, science and research and advanced manufacturing.

Saxlund International

Saxlund International is a market leader in the biomass combustion industry, Energy from Waste, as well as bulk solid handling and storage sectors.

With more than 60 years’ experience, the company has offices in Southampton, Sweden and Germany, with a turnover of Euro 35 million, 85 employees and provides a full range of services from design, engineering, manufacturing and construction.


Process Industry Projects: UK & Ireland March 2014

Shell UK Ltd
has awarded Technip a contract to provide the FEED for the onshore elements of the Peterhead gas carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The scope includes a grassroots carbon capture and compression plant and modifications to an existing combined cycle gas turbine power plant. Technip's operating centre in Milton Keynes, which executed a pre-FEED study for the Peterhead CCS project about 18 months ago, will execute the FEED for this next phase.

ABB UK has signed a service contract with leading oil and gas operator CNOOC Nexen to deliver non-disruptive lifecycle performance of the integrated control and safety system (ICSS) on-board its Buzzard platform in the North Sea. Buzzard is the largest UK North Sea discovery in the last two decades and the performance of the ICSS is critical to safely maintaining the highest production levels.

Wedge Group Galvanising Ltd, which operates 14 galvanisation plants across the UK, has been granted planning permission to construct a galvanisation plant with associated offices and amenities at 14 Piperell Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, aimed at relocating operations from their current site at Saffron Walden (St Edmundsbury Borough Council ref: DC/13/0839/FUL) The contact is Warren Bulger, group works engineer, tel: 01902 630311 - Wedge Group Galvanising Ltd, Stafford Street, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 1RZ.  Source Protel

Shell UK E&P
is holding a decommissioning networking lunch focused on the Brent Project on 15 April, Hardwick Hall Hotel, North East England. The event will feature a presentation from Austin Hand, general manager decommissioning & restoration who will give and update on the project.  Decommissioning of the Brent field (50/50 Shell/ExxonMobil) is one of the largest decommissioning projects in the North Sea: comprising four platform topsides, three concrete substructures, one steel jacket, 154 wells tom plug and abandon and 36 pipelines.

Magma Global which has expanded its production at its base in Portsmouth, UK, to meet demand for carbon/polymer pipes in the oil & gas industry. Existing technologies and materials struggle to cope in these new, harsh operating environments, as they are often limited due to fatigue failure and corrosion, according to Magma.

Fortum has signed a leasing agreement with UK-based Wave Hub in order to test wave power solutions off the coast of Cornwall. The agreement provides Fortum with a new opportunity to rapidly deploy advanced, full-scale wave power converters in ocean conditions. The Wave Hub facility offers Fortum an opportunity to test wave power converters in favourable ocean conditions. The site is consented, constructed and grid connected, which significantly reduces the time it takes to get devices into the water. The berth that Wave Hub will provide is capable of handling up to 10MW installed generation.

Windsor Great Park is planning to create a biomass energy centre and storage facility at Russell Farm. Detail planning has been granted (Windsor and Maidenhead Council ref: 13/00469/FULL). Lorien Engineering is managing the project. The contact is Tom Jordon, project manager, Lorien Engineering Solutions Ltd, Millennium Court, First Avenue, Centrum 100, Burton on Trent, DE14 2WH. Tel: 01283 485100.  Source Protel

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.  (Read more)

Energy costs have led Tata Steel to invest in a heat treatment plant in the US to process South Yorkshire steel, rather than heat treat it here before despatch, according to a report in Sheffield local newspaper The Star.

Tata Chemicals Europe is considering plans to construct a £22m, 15km brine pipeline and pumping station that will link the Warmington brine field to its Middlewich salt factory. Planning has been submitted (Cheshire East Council ref:13/1052W). The twenty-four month programme is expected to begin in September 2014. The contact is John Melia, strategic planning director, tel: 01606 724000, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd, Mond House, Winnington Lane, Northwich, CW8 4DT. Source: Protel.

Millipore Ireland
is progressing a project having received planning approval from Cork County Council (ref: 126574) to install a complete new process line at its Carrigtwohill facility, Protel reported 13 Feb. The project to expand membrane filter production is due for completion in Q4/14. The project lead is given as Jim Shiels, project engineering manager, Tullagreen, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, Ireland. Tel 00353 214 883 666.

has placed a £600k order with Amarinth for the design and manufacture API 610 OH2 separator recirculation pumps for the Britannia-operated Alder platform in the North Sea. The pumps, which have to fit into the existing Alder structure, are for high pressure duties on the platform separator recirculation process where the suction pressure can fluctuate between 1 and 60 bar.  (Read more)

Severn Trent Water
is employing agitators from Chemineer in six newly upgraded activated sludge process (ASP) lanes at it’s wastewater treatment works in Minworth. Installed in six phases, the 24 GT agitators homogenise fluid streams prior to aeration, while ensuring there is no return flow from the aeration lanes back into the anoxic zones.  (Read more)

Energy production technology services company Proserv has extended its subsea manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of the entire share capital of UK-based KRG Industries from majority shareholder Torishima Pump Mfg. Co. Ltd of  Japan. KRG provides precision engineering services including machining, welding, inspection and testing to oil & gas OEMs, oilfield service companies and defence contractors.

Gazprom Energy on 5 Feb announced a new commercial partnership with Tata Chemicals Europe to support production at the business’ combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cheshire.
The deal will see the business energy firm supply natural gas to the chemical company’s existing CHP facility in Northwich in addition to buying back excess electricity generated by the plant.

Pasta Foods is to expand production into an additional new factory in Norwich for pasta recipe dishes following £0.5m grant assistance, reports Protel. As well as transferring existing production lines, there will be a requirement for a new additional line. Orders for major plant items have been placed but opportunities may exist for smaller equipment items. Schedule – Site start Q1/14; fit-out Q2/14; completion Q3/14. The contacts are Paul Ellis, engineering manager and Lee Harris, project engineer, Pasta Foods, Pasteur Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, tel: 01493 416200.

A major waste-to-energy demonstration project could be built at the former Huntsman Tioxide plant in Grimsby - depending on the soon-to-be-decided outcome of a competition run by the Energy Technologies Institute. 
Dutch company Royal Dahlman is working with Grimley Smith Associates on the project to produce electricity using a gasification process, from domestic or commercial waste.

Renewable Energy Generation Ltd has signed contracts with Finning UK and Caterpillar Financial Services (UK) Ltd for the construction, operation and financing of an 18MW power plant at Whitemoor Business Park near Selby, Yorkshire. (Read more)

Tenders have now been returned for the £171m wastewater treatment works upgrade at Davyhulme in Manchester, reports Glenigan. The works for United Utilities will include primary settlement tanks, activated sludge plant, final settlement tanks, mechanical thickening of surplus activated sludge and odour control. A contractor is to be announced in April and work on the 36-month contract could commence in summer.

Manufacturing orders during the three months to January grew at the strongest rate since April 2011, according to the CBI Industrial Trends Survey. Manufacturers’ investment intentions for buildings rose to the highest level since January 2011.

is proceeding with plans to start up its first pilot plant for a process to convert organic waste into a high-calorific-value 'biocoal'. Its hydrothermal carbonisation project has attracted an £858k grant from a DECC fund to support for UK clean-tech start-ups.

The Scottish government has granted consent for plans by Forth Energy - a JV between Forth Ports Ltd and SSE - for a wood-fuelled CHP plant at the Port of Rosyth. The £325m plant would use sustainably sourced wood fuel primarily from overseas with the capacity to generate 120MW of low carbon renewable electricity and 30MW of heat.

Mondelēz Int. is to invest up to £75m to add four new lines at the Cadbury Bournville chocolate manufacturing site in Birmingham, UK. The spend, though, was subject to a successful conclusion to an employee consultation, Mondalez (previously Kraft Foods) said 23 Jan. (Read more)

New Earth Solutions hosted a party of US state legislators at its energy recovery facility (ERF) in earlier this month. The visit was organised by Bristol City Council and the Foreign Office to highlight UK best practice. The 13MW ERF at Avonmouth has been exporting power since May 2013, with phase two currently being commissioned. The plant uses a proprietary.modular technology to treat RDF using pyrolysis and gasification.

Chesterfield Biogas has won an order for its biogas upgraders on a major UK renewable energy project. The Sheffield-based company is to supply gas-scrubbing water-wash upgraders and ancillary equipment to plant which is being commissioned in late 2014, and be the UK's largest biogas-to-grid project.

RWE npower has submitted a planning application for a 27km gas pipeline, buried for its entire length, with an above ground installation at the start point. The proposed pipeline will start near Yoxall in Staffordshire, where a connection will be made into the national transmission system, and the pipeline will terminate at a block valve within the site of the new Willington C Power Station in Derbyshire.

New supplies of electricity from Anglesey should be carried by undersea cables rather than overland pylons, the BBC has reported. Residents, it said, want power from wind farms and the planned new nuclear power plant linked to the grid in this way. Around 150 attended a public meeting the plans with the National Grid, whose preferred option would be three times cheaper at £750m, the report said.

Accrol Papers is planning to invest £12m to expand its tissue production plant in Blackburn, Protel reports. The works will involve extending existing warehouse and production buildings. The project contact is Majid Hussain, managing director, Accrol Papers Ltd, Roman Rd, Blackburn, BB1 2LD. Tel: 01254 278844.

In Wales,
Tata Steel is seeking planning permission to upgrade the power generation facilities serving its Port Talbot steel works. The plan is to enhance the existing 95.7MW electrical (MWe) power station and install two new boilers, and two turbines to increase capacity to between 170MWe and 225MWe. (PIM report)

Regeneron has sanctioned the development of a production and fill/finish facility at Limerick, Ireland, Protel reports. Works will include fitting-out an existing building and installation of process. Procurement is due to start Q2 2014; site start Q4 2014; and completion Q2 2016.The contact is Kevin Bailey, VP manufacturing & process development, (and project lead):  777 Old Saw Mill River Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA. Tel: 001 914 847 7000.

CNOOC expects first oil from the Golden Eagle development in the UK North Sea, in which it holds a 36.5% stake and acts as the operator, in late 2014. Once fully commissioned, Golden Eagle is expected to reach a peak daily production of up to 70,000boe, CNOOC said 20 Jan.

NES Global Talent has signed five-year global framework agreement enabling it to recruit contract and permanent staff for international exploration, production and LNG company BG Group.