A joint venture of MWH Treatment and the Spencer Group has been announced as a preferred bidder for the Energy Works development in Hull, north east England, which will be the first of its kind in the UK.
Energy Works is one of the key projects in the City Plan, expected to create around 7,500 engineering jobs during the next ten years.
The first phase of the project will include the construction of an energy recovery facility that will generate 28MW of electricity to power 43,000 homes. The plant will utilise materials that are typically send to landfill.
Phase two will see the incorporation of an anaerobic digestion plant and materials processing facilities into the energy recovery system.
The power plant is in advanced talks with feedstock suppliers for raw material to generate methane.
Construction of the first phase of the development is set to start in early 2015 with expected completion by March 2017.
According to the developer, the project will significantly stimulate the local economy by creation of more than 200 construction jobs during the construction phase.
Energy Works is looking for opportunities to establish a neighbouring data centre worth £20m.
Energy Works Project Director Phil Morland said: “We are pleased to announce the joint venture of MWH Treatment and Spencer Group as our preferred bidder.
“The two companies are a good fit, with complementary capabilities, and offer the ideal partnership to deliver this ground-breaking project.
“There is a clear synergy between the partners – MWH brings a wealth of experience in energy recovery projects and a strong thermal process capability, while Spencer has vast experience in executing complex multi-disciplinary energy projects and a track record of delivering large civil, electrical and bulk handling works. ”
Spencer Group Chief Executive Frank Millar said: “As a company founded and based in Hull, our involvement will ensure local employment will be a major priority.
“This project will create and underpin jobs within our business and open up much-needed employment opportunities within the local community.”
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