July 15 (Renewables Now) - SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) today announced reaching a few milestones for its 220-MW coal-to-waste-pellets conversion project in South Wales, and said the plant is on track to commence operations by 2021.
The company reported that WSP UK Ltd, RJM Corporation Technical Services Ltd and Simec Subcoal Fuels (SSF), the latter being a 50/50 joint venture between N+P Group and SIMEC Energy, have successfully concluded Front End Engineering Design (FEED) tests for the Uskmouth project in Newport.
These tests have confirmed a stable self-sustaining flame with combustion performance within the expected parameters. They will be followed by an industrial-scale fuel production run and milling test in the second half of the year.
SIMEC Atlantis also noted that the project has reached a design freeze for Environmental Impact Assessments, a critical milestone in the planning application process. Work on the permission and permitting applications is underway as the company targets submission by the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, a tender has been launched to award a contract for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the full combustion system in the second half of 2019. A contract for the remaining conversion works will be issued in the opening quarter of 2020.
This quarter, SIMEC Atlantis will seek to appoint financial advisers to consult on the financial close of the GBP-185-million (USD 232m/EUR 206m) project.
(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.253/EUR 1.112)