Balfour Beatty's GBP52m energy from waste plant gets green light
Balfour Beatty Investments has reached financial close on a £52 million waste wood power station located in Northamptonshire, UK.
The construction giant will invest £17.2m, as will each of its two consortium investment partners, Noy Infrastructure & Energy Investment Fund and Equitix.
Contractor MWH Treatment will start the 26-month construction programme this month, which is expected to create 100 jobs during construction.
Once complete, the project will convert 60,000 tonnes of dry waste wood feedstock into 9MW of electricity using Nexterra Systems Corp gasification technology.
The clean electricity generated will be exported to the national grid and will be enough to power more than 17,000 UK households a year and, result in an annual saving of 28,809 tonnes of CO2 against a baseline assumption that the waste wood would otherwise be exported for energy recovery in Northern Europe.
Welland is Balfour Beatty’s and MWH’s second project in the waste wood to energy market after the Birmingham Bio Power, which is currently in construction at Tyseley.
Both Birmingham Bio Power and Welland have been jointly developed with the renewables developer Cogen.
Stewart Orrell, Managing Director of Economic Infrastructure for Balfour Beatty Investments, said: “This innovative biomass project is our second investment into the renewable energy sector and is one of a pipeline of similar opportunities that we are exploring together with Nexterra.”
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.