UK chemical firm plans EfW CHP

Plans for a à‚£150 million ($220 million) combined heat and power plant have been unveiled by UK chemicals firm CalaChem.

Located at the Earls Road industrial site near Grangemouth in the UK, if developed the project will be fired from refuse derived fuel (RDF).

A consultation on the proposed successor to the site’s existing CHP plant is underway, with German firm Standardkessel Baumgarte already earmarked as project developer.
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The capacity of the new project has not yet been disclosed, though a local heat and power business grid has been proposed for the Earlsgate Business Park, location of the project.

Any excess power capacity will be exported to the grid, a spokesman for Calachem explained.

CalaChem estates and utilities manager John Walker reportedly said: ‘We explored a variety of options for our energy supply and the proposed new energy centre was by far the best choice in terms of both environmental and business advantages – protecting jobs and controlling overall energy costs.”

“The existing plant does not meet the energy needs of the site. Not only will the new plant reduce our energy costs, it will also help the Scottish government meet its zero waste targets because we will be burning waste rather than having it go to landfill.’

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