Process Industry Projects: UK & Ireland Dec 2013

Energy storage company ITM Power has won an order for an electrolyser plant, based on its HPac technology, from a UK Government agency. The contract, it said, followed a competitive tender process based on price, performance, compliance and delivery time-scale. AIM-listed ITM employs 55 in the development and production of electrolyser and membrane materials across two facilities in Sheffield.

The Shepherd Neame brewery in Kent - the oldest brewery in Britain, dating back to 1698 - has recently replaced a 35 year-old wort pump that had reached ‘end of life’ with a GrundfosHilge MAXA, a long-coupled end suction pump with a low pressure seal flushing arrangement. This pump is used as a casting pump within the hot wort circulation in the copper vessel when the hops are added in the brewing process.

Arla Foods
has started up the filling lines at its new £150m dairy in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and is now ramping up production, the company said 25 Nov. The plant is claimed to be the world's most advanced fresh milk facility and is designed to process 1bn litres of milk.

JWCI Process Engineering has helped a Stilton cheese company to significantly increase its storage capacity with the installation of a tracked racking system for its products. The system, which employs track roller guidance systems from Schaeffler UK, has increased capacity at the customer’s cold storage facility by 70%.  (Read more)

UK offshore EPC OGN Group is to provide EnQuest with provide services for the finishing and commissioning works on the EnQuest Producer, a 249m long FPSO. The vessel will be deployed to the Alma/Galia field in the North Sea - a redevelopment of the UK’s first producing field, Argyll. The deal will create 600 new project jobs at OGN's Tyneside facility.

Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd has awarded National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) a £750k contract to process tonnes of uranium carbide, currently held at the site. The nuclear fuel will be converted to an oxide form for long-term storage. The material will be transported to NNL's central laboratory on the Sellafield site for pre-treatment. The main processing will ultimately be carried out at NNL Preston Laboratory.

EnQuest Heather Ltd, together with EnQuest ENS Ltd, First Oil and Gas Ltd, Nautical Petroleum Ltd and Nautical Petroleum AG are to award a contract for the supply and operations of an FPSO to Bumi Armada UK Ltd. The vessel is to operate in the Kraken field in the UK sector of the North Sea.

Manchester-based Imperative Energy Ltd is to build a 17.75MWe biomass fired CHP plant at Pendigo Way, Solihull.  This £70m investment, which gained planning consent from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council on 11 Nov, will generate heat and power for a number of local energy users.  (Read more)

Prosafe has signed a $98.2m, 13-month contract with BPfor the Safe Caledonia to provide accommodation support at the Eastern Trough Area Project (ETAP), 240km east of Aberdeen in the Central North Sea. A development of nine oil and gas reservoirs, ETAP is developed using a central processing facility, comprising a processing, drilling and riser platform, bridge-linked to a quarters and utilities platform over Marnock, and unmanned installation on Mungo. The remaining seven fields all produce through subsea manifolds tied back to the CPF. Operations are planned to start mid-2015

EnQuest has awarded SPX Corp. a $22 million contract for oil well production pumps for artificial lift services on its new offshore subsea heavy oil field project, currently being developed in the UK North Sea.  (Read more)

Operator ConocoPhillips has announced first gas production from the Jasmine field in the UK, Central North Sea on 19 Nov. The facility has the gross capacity to produce 140k barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed).  (Read more)

Water technology firm Dryden Aqua has opened a £5-million plant in Scotland that will turn recycled glass into a filtration medium that can be used to purify drinking water and treat industrial wastewater.   (Read more)Tonbridge, Kent-based Gas Compressors Ltd has ordered 16 multi-tube heat exchangers, from HRS Heat Exchangers Ltd, for use in gas cooling applications across a number of refineries in Turkey. (Read more)

Fuel cell energy developer AFC Energy has selected GB Innomech to develop automated manufacturing equipment to assemble fuel cell stacks for the company’s EU-backed Power Up programme. The work includes the development of automated equipment to dismantle stacks at the end of their working life.  (Read more)

ReFood UK has gained planning approval from the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to build a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant for food waste. The £30m plant - the company’s third site in the UK - is part of a programme of investment in ReFood’s food waste recycling facilities. These include a new site in Widnes, due to open next year.  (Read more)

Waste heat from London Underground tunnels and an electrical substation is to be used to help warm homes and cut energy bills in the Borough of Islington. The project – the first of its kind in Europe - is a partnership between Islington Council, the Mayor of London, UK Power Networks and Transport for London.  (Read more)

has awarded AMEC the contract for the hook up and commissioning support on the major Cygnus gas field development in the UK Southern North Sea. Covering the four Cygnus platforms, the deal follows on from the FEED and detail design work executed by AMEC from its London offices. With first gas due Q4/15, the contract will support up to 140 jobs. It will be delivered by AMEC’s Aberdeen offshore North Sea team.

Transport for London is to use Honeywell's Fusion4 microblending technology to allow biofuels used in London buses to be blended directly at London bus depots, rather than the previous method of mixing with standard diesel at refineries in Scotland and transported to the capital. The solution is currently being piloted at the Barking bus depot.

Cork, Ireland-based engineering company BCD is to create 40 new jobs on a new project to build a vaccine  plant project in the Asia, the Ireland-based The Journalhas reported. The jobs, it said, will be a mix of engineering and trades roles in the company’s design and manufacturing divisions. 

CNOOC Ltd on 25 Oct announced that first production from the Rochelle gas-condensate field in the UK North Sea had commenced. Its subsidiary Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd is operator for the Rochelle field in Blocks 15/26b, 15/26c and 15/27, about 115 miles northeast of Aberdeen. The development involves the construction of two subsea production wells and installing a production pipeline to the Scott platform.

Siemens has recently named Capula its ‘Best Process Partner 2013’ in recognition of its power generation projects using PCS7. The award is judged by a series of criteria, including project complexity, customer interaction, working partnership with Siemens, quality of project delivery, project commercial factors and technical competence of staff.

SITA UK said its £22m materials recycling facility in Avonmouth, which was commissioned in the summer, is now "powering ahead". The facility has already created over 30 new jobs and now SITA UK is planning to introduce a second shift later this year to manage an increasing volume of good quality dry mixed recyclables. The plant can handle 80ktpa of materials.
AstraZeneca is to build a new £120m facility at its global manufacturing site in Macclesfield, UK, to continue production of Zoladex treatment for prostate cancer. The investment, which involves replacing some existing production units for the medicine, secures 300 existing jobs at the site.  (Read more)
Imtech Process and Royal HaskoningDHV are to jointly deliver a new wastewater treatment technology in the UK. Imtech expects to build five to eight Nereda wastewater treatment installations in the coming years. The technology is claimed to save 20-30% energy and up to 75% in land use compared to existing systems.  (Read more)
EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Ltd has awarded Jacobs Engineering Group a technical consultancy agreement to support its power station projects in the UK up to December 2015. The deal covers technical consultancy, engineering and design services spanning civil, structural, mechanical, electrical control and instrumentation, process, safety, and environmental disciplines. It involves a range of projects across EDF’s nuclear power station portfolio in the UK.

The ramp-up of Vivergo's newly constructed bioethanol plant in Hull is running behind plan. Monthly production volumes are increasing and full production is expected in the new calendar year, George Weston chief executive of Associated British Foods (British Sugar's parent company) said 5 Nov. The plant uses feed wheat and has the capacity to produce 420 million litres of bioethanol and 500kt of animal feed.

Hertel’s UK Offshore division has recently secured new contracts worth £12m in just six weeks, despite "growing pressure from overseas competition". The new business encompasses a range of services from FEED and new build accommodation with the highest levels of growth shown in the maintenance and refurbishment sector of the business.

Cory Environmental has opened its first UK anaerobic digestion facility in Somerset – part of a 7-year waste treatment contract with North Somerset council.The plant in Weston-super-Mare will process 7.5ktpa of food waste and generate up to 500kw of energy per hour.

Black & Veatch will support Scottish Water’s hydropower generation programme, which includes the addition of hydro turbines at several raw water and treated potable water locations. As design and build contractor, Black & Veatch will undertake the retrofit of hydro turbines at a number of sites.

Roxtec is to supply its product to a series of upgrades on offshore drilling rigs operated by global offshore drilling specialists Ensco PLC. Roxtec’s multi-cable transit seals are being supplied to protect the jack-up drill rigs in the North Sea from the risks of jet fire, flooding and explosion.

RWE is to implement Alstom's MXL2 upgrade package on all nine gas turbines at the 2,200 MW Pembroke and 1,650 MW Staythorpe facilities. The five GT26 gas turbines at Pembroke and four at Staythorpe will each be retrofitted with the multi-mode MXL2 upgrade, which is designed to increase maintenance intervals.  (Read more)

Leicester-based ready meals producer Saladworks is saving 25% a year on its cooling costs by employing a single 55 kW ABB variable-speed drive on pumps for the refrigeration circuits used to chill finished products.  (Read more / PIM Profile)

Wood Group PSN has secured a one-year contract extension from Chevron North Sea Ltd to deliver engineering and construction services to its assets in the Alba and Captain fields in the UK North Sea. Under the previous contract, awarded in 2009, WGPSN employs 110 people offshore and onshore from offices in Aberdeen and Glasgow. E&C services will cover the Alba Northern platform and a floating storage unit in the Alba field, and two platforms and an FPSO in the Captain field.

National Instruments is supporting the Colider exhibition at the Science Museum, London, which transports visitors into the heart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Open to the public from 13 Nov 2013. CERN uses NI LabVIEW software to control the LHC collimators that are responsible for intercepting misguided or unstable particle beams.

Thames Water has named the eight contractors that will be tendering for the main construction work of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The shortlisted contractors will be bidding for one or more of the three work packages which have been split into geographical sections of west, central, and east.  (Read more)

’s full-scale tidal device installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, has now injected over 100MWh of electricity into the grid. The milestone follows the earlier connection of the turbine to the grid and the progressive ramp up to full nominal power of 1MW over the past months.

Southern Water
is investing more than £2 million to upgrade wastewater treatment works in the East Sussex villages of Fletching, Halland and Ripe. Project manager Dave Carlisle said: “These sites have served us well but are in need of a refurbishment to ensure they meet new, stricter EU standards."

InterGen has awarded Siemens exclusive contracts to construct and maintain up to 2.1GW of gas-fired generation capacity at two UK sites: Spalding Energy in Lincolnshire and Gateway Energy Centre in Essex. The US power company said it had cut a "very competitive deal" with Siemens for the plants, which are scheduled to come on stream by 2018. (Read more)

Southern Water
is investing almost £1.5 million to improve the treatment processes at its Newhaven East WWT works. New screens are being installed to combat an influx of wet wipes and other non-biodegradable items is causing blockages of the screens and pumps. The project began in July and is expected to be completed by March next year.

Southern Water
is investing £10m to upgrade its Goddards Green WWT works, which can treat up to 26m litres of wastewater per day. The scheme includes a new storm storage tank, which will be able to hold 900k litres of storm water during storms. The main construction, being carried out by 4Delivery, is expected to complete before the end of the year, after which testing of the new equipment will take place.

is to become a major contract partner for EDF in the construction of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset. Costain will provide the design and delivery of the water cooling systems for the planned nuclear power station. This will include three marine tunnels, around 11km in total length and each one about 7m in diameter, to take in cooling water from the Severn Estuary for the nuclear reactor before it is cleansed, recycled and returned.

Di-Spark Group is employing Atlas Copco's new vertical aspect GA15VSD+ rotary screw compressor technology to the air supply plant at its two sites in Horndean, East Hampshire. The compressor employs an interior permanent magnet motor, which exceeds IE4 efficiency requirements, and variable speed drive technology to automatically adjust the motor speed to match the compressed air supply to the air demand. (PIM Profile - Supplier)

AMVV Trading GmbH
has selected Brady PLC to supply a system to manage its power scheduling activities in the UK.  MVV Trading is part of MVV Energie Group of Mannheim, one of Germany’s leading energy companies. Its UK expansion campaign includes the building of a biomass power plant southeast of London, and building an EfW plant in southwest England.

is to design and supply an 18MW steam turbine to Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) for installation in a 15.8 MW biomass power station being built by BWSC in Northern Ireland. Danish power plant company BWSC is establishing the wood-fuelled biomass power station in Lisahally. (Read more)

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH is constructing its second solar power plant near Oxford. The 18.4 MWp plant is expected to be completed shortly. BayWa r.e. has almost 40 MWp currently under construction in the UK and a further 10 MWp are in the due to commence shortly. It also plans to realise a similar volume of projects again during 2014.

The UK's Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced an investment by its fund, managed by Greensphere Capital LLP, to purchase and upgrade an operational biomass plant in Port Talbot, Wales. UK Green and Sustainable Waste and Energy Investment Ltd Partnership (UKGSWEI), is investing £11 million to take a minority stake in the plant.  (Read more)

Simtom Food Products, based in Leicester, UK. has upgraded its production line as part of an expansion plan. The company makes own-recipe Indian sauces, seasonings, marinades, pickles, and chutneys for retail and wholesale markets. Simtom has secured facilities including asset finance and working capital facilities from Yorkshire Bank to support day-to-day trading and the new production facility.  (Read more)

Sheffield, UK-based forged rings producer Thos C Wild is investing £3.6m to expand its business in a deal backed by HSBC and a Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant from the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.  (Read more)

Gloucestershire-based tea and herbal drinks company Infusion GB has secured a £1m finance package from HSBC to invest in new machinery on the back of an increased order book. The firm has purchased a tea bag packaging machine from Italy that will enable it to increase its production capacity by 35%, and produce tea bags in a wider number of formats.

Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S (BWE) is to supply a grate fired biomass boiler for the new straw-fired power plant of Brigg Renewable Energy in the UK. The plant is due for start-up early in 2016. The contract is being delivered by BWE in cooperation with Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) of Denmark – the main contractor for design and turnkey supply of the plant. (Read more)

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is close to completing the first stage in its process to award the design and build contract for the new National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC). The NBMC, to be located at Central Park, Darlington, was officially announced by the UK government last December, with the project to be managed by CPI.  (Read more)

Hertel Offshore has  delivered an additional living quarter for the Shell Draugen Platform in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The facility will accommodate 44 people, has a total weight of approx. 500T and is designed according to the stringent Norsok and Shell requirements and standards.  It is being shipped to Norway where it will be lifted on the Shell Draugen Platform.

Unity Mine has improved efficiency and reduced energy consumption at its Cwmgrwach operation in the Neath Valley, Wales by replacing the existing diesel driven compressors with new electrically-powered units from Atlas Copco. The mine re-opened in 2008 as it had become commercially viable again – due to increasing volumes of imported coal coming in to the UK and global price increases driven by demand particularly in China and India.  (Read more)

At the Ensus site at Wilton, CropEnergies has begun the start-up of the bioethanol plant at the end of September. It acquired the bioethanol producer Ensus Ltd in July and had carried out maintenance and optimisation works. With this acquisition, CropEnergies now has capacity of 1.2m cubic metres of bioethanol and over 1m tonnes of food and animal feed products.

Alfa Laval has won an SEK60m order to supply equipment to the Guinness brewery in Dublin. Delivery is scheduled for 2014. The equipment will be installed in a complete process line for wort treatment at Diageo’s Irish brewery. Diageo is investing Euro153 million to update the St James’s Gate facility: creating 300 jobs in the construction of a new brewhouse. The project is due for completion in 2014.

Zanos of Knutsford, UK is expanding its business for the supply of speciality chemicals, flavours and fragrances. The business recently secured funding with Yorkshire Bank that will enable it to develop new customers and increase turnover. Zanos aims to build on a 13% rise in turnover over the last year.

Jacobs Engineering has won a water and environmental management (WEM) framework contract from the Environment Agency. The four-year-plus deal is to support a $5bn flood and coastal risk management investment. Jacobs remit includes strategic flood modeling, mapping and data management and engineering consultancy services.

KBR Inc. is standardising on simulation software from Invensys, under a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with the automation vendor.  (Read more)

HW Coates Ltd is completing a £10-million investment programme. Two new purpose-built warehouses its top-tier COMAH sites will add a further 100,000 square feet of storage capacity to the company’s existing one million square foot of warehousing across the UK.  (Read more)

Scottish Water
PFI partner, Stirling Water is investing in a thermal hydrolysis plant for its wastewater works serving the Edinburgh area. This will pasteurise post-treatment solids. process it in six existing anaerobic sludge digesters and generate biogas to produce electricity on site. Around 30% less sludge will need to be transported from Seafield after treatment.

Northumbrian Water is preparing to install a hydrogen microbial electrolysis cell at a wastewater treatment works in Sedgefield, County Durham. The project follows a successful trial of the innovative MEC on sewage at a wastewater treatment works on Tyneside – in a project funded by the EPSRC.  (Read more)

The Irish government is introducing legislation to facilitate the sale of the power generation and customer supply business of Bord Gais. However, the gas network infrastructure including the gas interconnectors between Britain and Ireland will remain in state control. The legislation sets out how BGE’s networks business and energy businesses will be restructured, so that the energy division of the parent company Bord Gáis Eireann can be sold.

Moog Industrial Group has supplied a motion control system and engineering services to James Fisher Nuclear Ltd for its ModuMan 100 Manipulator Arm – developed for handling nuclear waste stored at various sites throughout the UK. The manipulator is designed to deliver a six-axis solution with accurate motion.

Barhale, in partnership with engineering and design consultants WSP, has won a five-year extension to its contract with Yorkshire Water – taking it into AMP6 (2015-20). The team will continue to upgrade the sewer network in south and west Yorkshire, working to reduce flooding, pollution events and constructing sewer diversions using both traditional open-cut and in-house tunnelling techniques.

Schaeffler has reported a chemical plant achieving savings of Euro220,000 by replacing a solid spherical roller bearing on an exhaust gas fan with a split spherical roller bearing. (Read more)

Southern Water is working with 4Delivery – JV between Veolia Water, Costain and MWH – to refurbish North Waltham wastewater treatment works in Hampshire: adding a bacterial treatment system to remove nitrates from the output flows.  (Read more)

Northumbrian Water
has switched to using blower technology from Atlas Copco to help reduce energy consumption and service costs at its sewage treatment works in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. This is used to provide a constant supply of air at around 480mbar for aerobic treatment of wastewater at its site in Newton Aycliffe.  (Read more)

and its partners have now awarded over £1 billion in contracts to UK-based suppliers for the re-development of the Schiehallion and Loyal oil fields to the west of Shetland. The project to redevelop the fields involves two main elements: a brand new FPSO vessel and a major upgrade of the subsea infrastructure that will lie on the seabed. The latest in a series of awards has been made to OneSubsea which has a £65m contract to manufacture 11 subsea trees at it’s facility in Leeds.

Walsall Council has granted BH EnergyGap permission to build a resource recovery and renewable energy production plant (the 3Rs Facility) on Fryers Road, Leamore Lane Industrial Estate, Walsall. The plant will generate 20MW of renewable electricity and create up to 50 full-time jobs.  (Read more)

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)

Wood Group Mustang has secured $130m worth of contracts in the North Sea over the past 12 months, and is currently recruiting over 100 personnel in its Woking office. (Read more)

SPX Corp.
has recently won two contracts, together worth around $40m, to supply ClydeUnion pumps for two offshore oil production platforms being constructed in the North Sea. (Read more)

Lancashire food supplier Gilbert's Foods is looking to expand its export business after recently securing a £2.4m funding package from HSBC. The package includes a £2-million invoice finance line and a £400,000 import finance facility which will provide working capital to enable the company to accelerate export expansion and increase the volume of meat its imports.  (Read more)

Emerson has won a $17m contract to automate a new Premier Oil offshore production platform in the Solan oil field on the UK Continental Shelf.  (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.

Variable speed drive compressor technology from Atlas Copco is helping International Flavours & Fragrances achieve significant energy savings at its UK manufacturing plant in Haverhill, Suffolk.  (Read more)

Vacuum pump manufacturer Busch UK Ltd is providing a service package to fish processor Nor Sea Foods, based in Aberdeenshire,. The contract involves the regular servicing of eight Busch R5 vacuum pumps and one booster pump at Nor Sea’s Bridge of Don site and a further five R 5s and four booster pumps at the Fraserburgh facility.  (Read more)

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)

Earthly Energy has gained planning permission for a second 5.1MW AD plant to be based at Wilton, Redcar. The company, which is partnering with BioConstruct, is targeting a market share within the AD sector of 20% by 2017. It has secured six sites in the UK, two of which are currently being developed with a total investment pack of £32m.
FLI Energy has started construction work on a new biomethane-to-grid plant in Ellough, Suffolk, UK with a thermal energy capacity of 12MW. The AD project will produce around 2,000m3/hour of raw biogas from locally produced crops. and deliver 1,100Nm3/hour of biomethane. (Read more)

AMEC is holding an oil & gas networking lunch on 17 Sept at the Hardwick Hall Hotel, North East England. The presentation will include details of current/future projects, supply chain requirements as well as information on how to engage with the company and its key contacts.

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.

NOF Energy is working with the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp. to help identify UK companies who may wish to meet the Malaysian companies visiting Offshore Europe 2013 in Aberdeen. Many of the visiting companies are already Petronas registered.

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.

Wood Group GTS has expanded its gas turbine service line and now offers maintenance, repair and overhaul for Solar Mars and Siemens SGT 200 (Tornado) dry low emissions and SGT 100 (Typhoon) gas turbines, which are used primarily by the oil & gas industry. The company has expanded its maintenance facilities in Houston and Aberdeen, UK, to accommodate the new turbines.

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)

Litre Meter has shipped its 3,000th offshore positive displacement (PD) meter following recent shipments for offshore applications. These include supplying rotary piston flow meters for a systems used to control the amount of ‘antifreeze’ injected into pipelines at 430bar in subsea gas exploration on fields in the Caspian Sea and the North Sea.

Opportunities for the operations & maintenance supply chain on GDF SUEZ E&P UK's Cygnus project will be the focus of an NOF Energy networking lunch on 24 Oct at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. The project, 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, has reserves of aboit 18bn cubic metres, with first gas expected in late 2015. Peak gas production from 2016 could account for 5% of UK domestic gas production.   

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.

Newcastle-based electro mechanical engineering firm Houghton International has recently completed a project on behalf of A&P. The engineering services and fabrication group, serving the marine and energy sectors, has tasked Houghton with the overhaul and rewind of a hundred year old 500HP dock pump at A&P North East’s drydock at Teesport.

AB World Foods has added new rotary lobe blower pumps to reduce noise from its existing vacuum pump equipment used in the spice blending plant at its Leigh facility. The installation of three Busch Tyr pumps from Busch UK Ltd has reportedly reduced noise levels down to 83dba, compared to 98-103dba with previous equipment.  (Read more)

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.

Kerry Flavours & Ingredients has worked with machine builder SP Filling Systems and Mitsubishi Electric to develop an improved machine for filling catering sized bottles with flavouring syrups for coffee, ice cream and other desserts.
(Read more)

Oscar Mayer has achieved savings run into hundreds of thousands of pounds per annum through the introduction of a new waste-treament and green energy system at a UK site. The project was triggered by a 50%-plus hike in its effluent bills. Waste4Generation (W4G) supplied a system that uses a concentrated feedstock, and a high-rate AD process. (Read more)

Yorkshire manufacturer Ellis is to supply cable cleats for the central processing and living quarter platforms of the $2bn Zawtika Development Project off the coast of Myanmar. The project is being developed by Petroleum Authority of Thailand Exploration and Production Int. and Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise. It is due to come on stream later this year, with output estimated at 300million cubic feet per day.

The recent introduction of four Borger pumps is enabling Anglian Water to reduce maintenance downtime at its Whitlingham Water Recycling Centre near Norwich, UK. Before the installation, removing a pump for repair or service would mean at least a day off-line.  (Read more)

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)

QA Weld Tech Ltd of Middlesbrough, UK is expanding both premises and staff numbers to help it deliver £5m of new orders – for BP’s redevelopment of the Scheihallion field West of Shetland, the huge Ichthys LNG Project in Australia, as well as in Brazil’s offshore pre-salt areas. (Read more)