7 Feb 2002 – Foster Wheeler Energy, has secured an engineering, procurement and construction management contract from Immingham CHP for a 730 MW Combined
Heat and Power (CHP) plant, the largest ever built in the UK, and with a total investment cost in excess of $300m.

The Immingham CHP plant is designed to be one of the largest, cleanest and most efficient CHP plants in Europe and will be built alongside Conoco’s Humber Refinery at South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire. The facility will supply steam and electricity to the Humber Refinery, steam to the neighbouring Lindsey Oil Refinery and electricity to the National Grid.

For Foster Wheeler, this represents the first such complex engineering EPC power contract in the UK on this scale. The company is experienced in developing projects in continental and Eastern Europe as well as the US.

The Conoco facility will supply steam and electricity to the 186 000 b/d Humber refinery and construction is due to start immediately with completion projected by 2004.

Foster Wheeler will be responsible for the detailed engineering design, procurement, construction management, commissioning, start-up, performance testing and turnover of the completed plant. It will also provide training services, and operational and maintenance manuals and materials.

CHP technology is one of the cleanest and most efficient ways to generate power. CHP plants use natural gas-fired combustion turbines to generate electricity. Steam produced from the exhaust energy of the turbines is then utilized to generate additional electricity and heat for industrial use. The Immingham CHP plant will have an efficiency exceeding 70 per cent.

Ian Bill, chairman and chief executive, Foster Wheeler Energy said, “This landmark project is a very significant win for Foster Wheeler. We are very pleased to note that the award from ICHP reflects their confidence in our ability to manage effectively large complex projects. We are proud to be associated with this quality CHP energy project.”

Foster Wheeler Energy is a subsidiary of Bermuda-based Foster Wheeler Ltd, a global company offering a range of design, engineering, construction, manufacturing, project development and management, research, plant operation and environmental services.

When the project was announced in January, Conoco Global Power UK’s Managing Director, Jeff Tetlow, said, “The location and energy needs of Conoco’s Humber refinery present a unique opportunity to construct a world-class CHP plant in the UK.”

The plant will reduce atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide, sulphur oxides, and nitrogen oxides, compared with power generation by conventional means. The plant will also make better use of certain by-products of the refining processes; reduce surplus gas flaring; and conserve water resources by using existing waste water for cooling, rather than fresh water.