Power sector: UK & Ireland projects

Capula has created a custom-built website for Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) to provide real time information on the status of the active network management system (ANM) in the Orkney Islands, home to the UK’s first ‘smart grid’.  (Read more)

EDF Energy has renewed Capula’s APMS support services at West Burton power station for a further 12 months. The 2,000MW coal-fired plant first installed APMS SCADA and APACS controllers to perform plant control and protection functions in 1995, with Capula awarded the major control systems upgrade. The company has since automated and modernised other areas, including the common plant, coal-handling plant, and also provided the automation systems for the flue gas desulphurisation plant at the facility.

Costain’s £200-million contract on National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project, which is being constructed with Skanska, has reached a key milestone eight days ahead of schedule. On 15 Aug, tunnel boring machine (TBM) Evelyn broke through into a pre-prepared shaft at Wimbledon, southwest London, completing a 3km-long drive in just four months.  (Read more)

Eaton has won two orders, together worth over Euro5m, for MV switchgear from UK Power Networks. Over 130 bays of Eaton’s MMS-series dual-busbar MV vacuum switchgear are to be delivered and installed by the end of 2014 at two 132/11 kV distribution substations in central London, one at St Pancras station, the other in Whitechapel.

Costain has secured a one-year extension to an operations and maintenance contract at Fiddlers Ferry Fuel Services for SSE. The contract comprises the operations and maintenance of the furnace bottom ash systems, electrostatic precipitators, flue gas desulphurisation plant, industrial cleaning and facilities management of commercial cleaning fire services, grounds maintenance and catering.

ABB has delivered the East West Interconnector to EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator. The 500MW transmission connection is the highest capacity link of its kind, based on voltage source converter (VSC) technology, to go into commercial operation.  (Read more)

Danish power plant company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) is to build and operate two major biomass plants in the UK following the success of lengthy efforts to secure investment for both projects.  (Read more)

Pump and mixer manufacturer Landia has introduced a new pumping station for international storage and distribution company Grocontinental.  (Read more)

RWE has closed the Tilbury B power station after the UK's department for energy and climate change confirmed that the 750MW biomass plant was not eligible for the new Contract for Difference support mechanism for low carbon technologies. The decision left plans to run the plant – a converted coal-fired station –  for another 10-12 years no longer economically viable.

Energos is preparing to build its ninth advanced conversion facility at AmeyCespa's Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park, which received planning approval this month. The Waste Recovery Park, which is due to start on site in 2014 and begin processing waste in 2016, was approved unanimously by Milton Keynes Council.

Malton Foods Ltd has gained planning permission to build a biomass-fuelled boiler and turbine system at its site in Amotherby, Yorkshire. This is to provide process steam for its food processsing and research facility, which employs 217 people. (Read more)

Pumps maker Hayward Tyler has reported new orders worth £13.9m from the nuclear, oil & gas and power generation sectors. The company is seeing more nuclear and power generation aftermarket orders has has also notched up a first in the Chinese chemical industry.  (Read more)

Northumbrian Water has added four new centrifuges and a complete spare rotating assembly’s at a new energy-from-sludge facility serving its Bran Sands sewage treatment works in Teesside.The centrifuges were supplied by MSE Hiller, via JN Bentleys.  (Read more)

National Grid has started phase 2 of a £30m upgrade of a power line across Cumbria and Lancashire. New wires are being installed and steelwork repaired and renewed on the 345 pylons which make up the 116km long electricity transmission line. Over 300 tonnes of steelwork are being replaced and over 1,000km of new wires suspended on the pylons.

Vitol Group has acquired the Immingham CHP plant in North Lincolnshire, UK, from Phillips 66. Located on the south bank of the river Humber, the unit is one of Europe's largest CHP plants in Europe, capable of generating 1240MW – about 2.1% of UK electricity peak demand. It can also produce up to 930 tonnes of steam per hour, for use by local oil refineries.

Recent figures from the UK's department for energy and climate change (DECC) show that between 2011 and 2012 CHP capacity grew by almost 3% to 6.1GW, meeting 6.4% of the UK’s total electricity needs. The proportion of renewable CHP increased almost 20% in 12 months, now accounting for over 8% of total fuel used in the CHP sector.

Stobart Biomass Products Ltd
has won a new, long-term contract to supply fuel to the Evermore Renewable Energy Plant – a 15.8 MWe recycled wood-fuelled CHP station to be constructed in Derry/Londonderry for start-up  by summer 2015.  (Read more)

has received a government permit for its proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) in Beddington, Sutton. The ERF is expected to help eliminate landfill disposal for the four London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton – converting around 275ktpa of waste into electricity and heat, potentially to be utilised locally. It will create hundreds of jobs during construction and 40 permanent roles once operational.

UK Power Networks has awarded electrical infrastructure contracts worth up to £26million over two years to upgrade networks which deliver power to thousands of customers. Carillion, Costain and Electricity Network Solutions will refurbish and rebuild existing 33,000 and 132,000 volt power lines in the South East and East of England. New fibre optic cables will also be installed to send essential signals to equipment.  (Read more)

RES got the go-ahead from the UK government, on 24 July, to establish a 100MW biomass power station at Battleship Wharf in Northumberland's Blyth Estuary. The £250m North Blyth power station project is the first biomass development for RES, which already has a portfolio of onshore and offshore wind and solar energy projects.

Redhall Jex is nearing completion of a nine month-contract working alongside German bio-waste company Wehrle, to build a bio-energy plant located within a new facility on the Aston University site in Birmingham. Redhall Jex installed plant and equipment and manufactured and installed all of the pipework systems within the plant. The unit will generate heat and power from biomass using algae, sewage sludge, wood and agricultural waste as sources of fuel.

Helius Energy plc has handed over the  biomass energy plant in Rothes, Speyside, Scotland to Helius CoRDe Ltd (CoRDe) – its JV with Rabo Project Equity BV and the Combination of Rothes Distillers Ltd (CoRD). The project, which includes an 8.32MWe power plant and a 66.5t/h pot ale evaporator plant, is owned and operated by the CoRDe venture.  

Carbonarius Ltd,
part of the Una Group, won the best energy-from-waste initiative at the National Recycling Awards 2013. Carbonarius is an EfW plant which uses wood to produce electricity and heat for businesses. The JV brings together a national plc, Una Group, partnered with an international manufacturer. The £15-million project will be housed in units built by Una Group at it’s Belliver site in Plymouth and will see 20ktpa of waste wood diverted from landfill. It will produce power and heat to be used by the various manufacturers adjacent to the plant.

has been awarded a contract to retrofit intermediate pressure (IP) turbines at West Burton and Cottam coal-fired power stations in Nottinghamshire. The retrofit will improve the efficiency and extend the life of turbines at the two EDF Energy power stations. Both units are rated at 2,000MW. The contract entails replacing the inner cylinder and fitting a new rotor and blades on Cottam 2 and West Burton 1. The work is to improve the heat rate, reset the life of the major IP turbine components, and ensure lower maintenance costs.

A 5,500-mile journey ended on 7 July when a huge electricity transformer was delivered to a National Grid's Bustleholm sub-station near Walsall. The 255-tonne, 58-metre long and five-metre high transformer started its voyage in South Korea, where it was built. It arrived by ship in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, before the final 100 mile leg by road to Walsall. National Grid and its partner, ALE co-ordinated the task. A second transformer delivery will be made later in July.

United Utilities has some 9000 projects ongoing in the current AMP, investing £787m in 2012/13 – about £100 million higher than the previous year. Cumulative investment across the first three years of AMP5 is now just over £2bn.  (More info)

Wrexham Power Ltd is close to completing a round of public consultations regarding its plans to develop a gas-fired power station on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.  (More info)

has recently started a new five-year Integrated Solutions contract by employee-owned premium paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell. The contract, said ERIKS, reflects its product expertise and experience in the paper industry and the quality of its on-site service delivery for Tullis Russell. The five-year contract is estimated to be worth about £7.5m.

Wood recycling firm Plevin is to open the UK’s largest waste wood recycling centre – primarily to supply wood chips for E.ON’s £120m renewable energy plant at Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield. As exclusive suppliers of fuel for the biomass-fired facility, Pelvin plan to install the £5m facility on a 50 acre site in Hazlehead, South Yorkshire. Timed to coincide with the start of our contract with E.ON, work is due for completion in early 2014. (More info)

GE has signed a multimillion dollar, multi-year maintenance plan with UK-based energy company RWE npower to provide a full range of services that will help increase the operating flexibility and reduce costs for its Great Yarmouth and Little Barford power plants. (More info)

has been awarded its 5th repeated order from the CNIM group for the automation of another greenfield waste-to-energy plant in Great Blakenham (Suffolk,UK). Metso will supply an extensive Metso DNA automation system and safety system to the new plant. This order comes after similar ones for WtE plant in Turin (Italy), Tallin (Estonia), North Hykeham (Lincolnshire, UK) and Four Ashes (Stafford, UK).