Caunton Engineering have supplied and erected the structural steelwork for a new Bio Power facility constructed by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC). This 240,000 tonnes capacity gasification facility in Hooton Cheshire will be fuelled by “locally-sourced waste” using 240,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) each year. It is expected to generate more than 200 GWh of electricity annually.
The project, comprising over 900 tonnes of steelwork, consisting of framing for the Boiler House, Turbine Hall, Fuel Storage, and Fuel Unloading Building together with Secondary Steelwork supplied by Caunton’s Secondary Steelwork Division. The steelwork connections are designed by the Caunton technical team.
It proved a very tight site with the structures all adjacent to each other on a relatively small footprint. Site and erection logistics played a key role here as the Caunton erection team had to work around the other trades, most notably the equipment installers. To this end, during the steel erection process, Caunton left large openings in the roofs and elevations to allow main contractor BWSC’s sub-contractors to install the plant’s large boiler and processing equipment. Once the majority of this had been installed, Caunton returned to infill the remaining steelwork areas.
BWSC have previously built nine biomass-fuelled power facilities in the UK, most of which it also operates. Caunton are very proud to have worked on six of these projects.
This project is contributing to the UK Government Policy of a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050 by means of zero carbon energy production.