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Major win for Black & Veatch/MWH power generation JV

UK Ince waste-to-energy plant to provide clean, affordable power

Solihull, October 07, 2015. The Black & Veatch and MWH Treatment (MWHT) joint venture (JV), MBV Energy Recovery, will execute a £87 million waste-to-energy project in Cheshire, UK. The win is a renewable energy plant, developed by CoGen UK, at Ince Park Resource Recovery Centre. The plant will export 21.5 MW (megawatts) of clean, affordable power, utilising over 150,000 tonnes of material that would otherwise go to landfill.

Funding for the project is being provided by the Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, a new investment entity that is building a portfolio of waste-to-energy assets. The group comprises Infracapital, Aurium Capital Markets, Foresight Group and Helios Energy Investments.

MBV Energy Recovery, a 50:50 JV will deliver the Ince plant on an engineer, procure, construct (EPC) basis. The UK market for small-scale, waste-to-energy plants is strong; and the JV believes Ince will be the first of several similar wins between now and spring 2016.

“Black & Veatch has been involved in more than 200 gigawatts of power generation projects worldwide. We have a strong record in the UK for furthering energy efficiency and power generation objectives of both private energy and water utility clients,” said Scott Aitken, Managing Director, for Black & Veatch’s water operations in Europe.

“We are excited about Ince and the opportunities on which the JV is focusing. This project demonstrates our ability to bring together global power generation expertise, including renewable energy leadership and proven EPC capabilities for seamless delivery.” 

Scott Aitken, Managing Director, for Black & Veatch’s water operations in Europe

Ian Miller of MWHT, and Business Director of the JV , commented, “the JV will enable us to build upon the success we’ve had at MWH in the waste-to-energy market, in particular the gasification projects for both Birmingham and Welland Bio Power which will be delivering some 20 MW of renewable energy to the grid.” 

Miller added, “The JV is a hugely exciting collaboration between two complementary organisations. It brings a broad dynamic together with experienced resources and a significant combined strength. This will enable us to satisfy a broad spectrum of market demands, and deliver projects that contribute to the UK’s renewable energy objectives as part of the future energy mix.”

The JV’s gasification projects will help address demand for energy in the UK in an environmentally responsible manner using waste wood, or other refuse-derived fuels. The work will also help meet the UK’s landfill diversion and carbon reduction objectives.


Editor’s Notes:

  • MBV Energy Recovery’s role on the Ince project encompasses: structural design and construction; process plant design, procurement and installation of the gasification, gas turbine and air-cooled condenser technologies; testing and commissioning.
  • The JV partners have a strong history of collaboration and are currently part of the ESD joint venture delivering a £560 million programme for Scottish Water.
  • Black & Veatch has been involved in 200,000 MW+ (200 GW+) of power generation projects encompassing fossil fuel, solar, tidal, wind, biomass, hydro and nuclear 
  • MWH has established a strong presence as an EPC provider for the construction of waste to energy projects in the UK.

About MWH
MWH Global employs more than 7,000 experts including engineers, consultants and construction professionals worldwide. As specialists in water, energy and natural resources, MWH employees use innovative ideas and technology to solve complex infrastructure and environmental challenges. MWH is Building a Better World. Meet us: or follow us: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) is a new independent power producer established to invest in the greenfield construction of biomass plants in the UK.  BIG aims to leverage the sector-leading expertise, knowledge and relationships within its investor group to deliver a high quality aggregated portfolio of assets with superior risk-adjusted returns.

About CoGen Limited
CoGen Limited, formed early in 2015 through the merging of two established companies comprising O-Gen UK and Carbonarius, is a leading UK player specialising in the of development of Renewable Energy Projects using Advanced Conversion Technology, having four projects under construction and a number of projects in their pipeline.  

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