Keppel Seghers Belgium N.V. and Keppel Seghers UK Limited have secured an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract worth approximately £233 million (US$350 million) to build an energy-from-waste combined heat and power plant to serve the Greater Manchester region in the northwest UK.

Part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) waste management project by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), it will be one of the largest waste and renewable energy projects in the UK.

Keppel Seghers will provide the technology and also build the plant for Ineos Runcorn TPS Ltd, a special purpose vehicle which was set up for the procurement, operation and maintenance of the plant. Ineos Runcorn TPS Ltd, is owned by Viridor Waste Management Limited, John Laing PLC and Ineos Chlor.

Featuring the Keppel Seghers Water-Cooled Grate, the horizontal boiler design integrated with Keppel Seghers Prism technology (for enhanced heat recovery) and the Keppel Seghers’ double dry flue gas cleaning system, the EFW CHP plant will be one of the larger EFW facilities in the UK when completed in 2012.

The plant will have a capacity to treat up to 420,000 tonnes per year of solid recovered fuel derived from household waste, and will be able to supply at full capacity some 270 GWhe and 500,000 tonnes of steam per year into the internal network of the Ineos Runcorn chemicals site.

Approximately 275,000 tonnes of waste will be delivered by GMWDA and the remaining will be delivered by Viridor.