Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant (LSEP) has appointed global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company, Black & Veatch, as the engineering, procurement and construction management contractor to support the plant in delivering its ‘Energy from Waste’ facility at the Lostock Works site near Northwich.
Once built, the LSEP will process 600,000 tonnes of waste per year, displacing energy that would otherwise come from a fossil fuel power station and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 190,912 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent when compared with the alternatives of sending the same quantity of waste to landfill.
Clean energy technology specialist, Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), has also been appointed to support the delivery of the power train, which is the heart of the energy generation and environmental performance of the plant.
With the required site enabling works to build the LSEP now complete, Black & Veatch will oversee the delivery of the £480 million plant, which is expected to be operational by 2025 when it will generate enough sustainable energy to power around 125,000 homes.
“This is a really positive step forward for the LSEP, which will support in levelling up the local economy by creating up to 600 jobs during the construction period and around 50 high quality full-time operational jobs with training opportunities to support career progression,” a spokesperson from LSEP said.
“Appointing Black & Veatch and Babcock and Wilcox as our lead contracting partners is a key milestone on our journey to manage the delivery of the LSEP plant, and provides the certainty that will help us to unlock the significant investment, job creation and energy security benefits of the project.”
“Black & Veatch will deploy its global and national experience and proven delivery in large-scale energy-from-waste projects to provide LSEP with execution certainty on Lostock. Our UK team’s expertise in EpCM delivery offers the most flexibility to meet LSEP requirements on this complex project. We are delighted to lead this project and bring it to successful delivery” commented Youssef Merjaneh, Black & Veatch’s senior vice president and managing director of Europe, the Middle East, Africa.
“We thank Lostock Sustainable Energy for choosing B&W for this key clean energy project. B&W is a global company whose technologies will play a critical role in decarbonization and the transition to renewable energy. We are happy to support the LSEP team to finalise and deliver the full potential of this nationally significant project and we are pleased to contribute our technology and expertise to the Lostock project,” said Jimmy Morgan, executive vice president and chief operating officer of B&W.