AINSCOUGH DELIVERS ASSEMBLY OF UNIQUE WASTE TO ENERGY PLANT

A combined team from Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division and Immingham depot, has completed a succession of lifts to assemble a leading-edge energy from waste plant in Humberside.

The Energy Works facility in Hull, is a leading gasification plant, using a combination of innovative renewable energy technologies to achieve resource and energy recovery from domestic and commercial waste.

The fluidised bed gasification plant, being constructed by M+W Group, a leading technology, engineering and construction company, will convert the waste materials into a synthesised gas which will then be used to generate electricity using a steam turbine engine.

The Ainscough team spent two weeks on site completing around a dozen separate lifts including lifting the main components of the plant into position. These included economisers, heat exchangers and the main boiler.

The components which varied from 67-tonne to 209-tonne, were lifted using a range of cranes from the Ainscough fleet including a Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 and LG1550. The size of the modules required the loads to be tailed – connected to a second crane at the opposite end to the main lifting crane – to enable them to be safely lifted into position.

The facility will produce sufficient electricity to power 43,000 homes; create 160 jobs during construction and 25 jobs once operational; regenerate a brownfield site; enable other businesses to reduce their carbon footprint; and provide cheap power and heating to local companies.

Sam Pitt, project engineer from Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division, said: “Working on projects such as the Energy Works, always brings with it the added responsibility of having a large number of other contractors relying on us to do our job and to complete it professionally and without fuss.

“To do this we need a good location, good planning and to be able to call on the right machinery and the right operatives. It was very pleasing for us to see all of these elements come together and the lifts pass off successfully.”

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