SIMEC Atlantis awards FEED contract for 220-MW coal-to-biomass conversion

The Uskmouth power station in Wales. Author: Reading Tom. License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

November 6 (Renewables Now) - SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) said today it has awarded a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract worth GBP 4.9 million (USD 6.4m/EUR 5.6m) for work on its 220-MW coal-to-biomass conversion project.

A consortium including engineering firm WSP UK Ltd and combustion system design specialist RJM Corporation Technical Services Ltd have won the particular contract. They will complete all technical testing and design work required to show that waste derived energy pellets can be used as a fuel for the Uskmouth Power Station in Wales. The pair will carry out a Final Design Specification to enable SIMEC Atlantis to award an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the project, the announcement says.

SIMEC Atlantis’ plan is to convert a 220-MW portion of the Uskmouth plant so that it generates electricity from 100% waste derived energy pellets. The facility will be using pellets produced from non-recyclable waste destined for landfill. They will be made at four new plants in the UK using technology developed by Dutch firm N+P Group through a joint venture with the SIMEC group called SIMEC Subcoal Fuels Limited (SSF).

The conversion of the power plant is seen to last 18 months following completion of the FEED study. Financial close for the project is expected next year.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.308/EUR 1.145)

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