Working on behalf of Danish-based Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), Caunton Engineering is fabricating, supplying and erecting 900t of steelwork for the project.
Structural steelwork is forming the facility’s three main buildings; a boiler house, fuel unloading area and a turbine hall.
During erection Caunton is leaving large openings in the roofs and elevations to allow BWSC to install the plant’s equipment. Once this has been installed, Caunton will infill the remaining steelwork areas, with the entire steel package due to complete in May.
Located a few miles from Ellesmere Port, the waste-to-energy facility is said to be the first non-subsidised merchant gasification plant in the UK, as well as being the first time the UK market will realise a gasification centre of this size, based on fluidised bed technology provided by Japan’s Kobelco.
The project is said to be backed by solid UK investors and is in line with the UK target of delivering efficient and environmentally-friendly energy, while reducing landfill by 10% by the end of 2020.
The Hooton facility will gasify some 240,000t of waste per year, generating in excess of 200 GWh of electricity annually. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.