SIMEC Atlantis targets start-up for Uskmouth conversion project in Q4 2020
The Uskmouth power station in Wales. Author: Reading Tom. License: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd (LON:SAE) targets first production from the 220-MW converted portion of the Uskmouth power station in Wales in the final quarter of 2020.
The company, which was formerly known as Atlantis Resources and which completed the acquisition of Uskmouth Power Station in June, said today that successful milling trials have been conducted in Germany on the pellets that will replace coal at the plant. SAE plans to use pellets of Dutch fuel pellet supplier N+P Group that are made from a combination of biogenic waste and non-recyclable plastic. The milling trials will inform the final design of the combustion system which will be retrofitted to the existing power station, the company said.
The conversion is expected to be completed in 18 months once front end engineering and design (FEED) has been finished.
"We are looking forward to announcing the award of the FEED contract and following FEED, we will be tendering for the EPC contract ahead of what is anticipated to be an 18 month construction process," said chief executive Tim Cornelius.
SAE hopes that the conversion project could become a prototype for similar projects in the future and said it is in discussions with plant owners and operators in Europe, Australia, Asia and the US.