Hull's £200m Energy Works appoints new lead contractor after turbulent months

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Apr 2019

A new contractor has been appointed at Hull’s £200m Energy Works, tasked with completing construction of the renewable energy plant.

Last month, M+W Group had its contract terminated at the Cleveland Street site due to concerns over “significant delays” in the build.

Almost a month to the day since that move, global engineering firm Black & Veatch has been appointed as the new principal contractor.

Once completed, the site will generate enough electricity to power more than 40,000 homes. It also hopes to reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill by almost 250,000 tonnes.

Peter Hughes, director of business development at Black & Veatch Europe, said: “Black & Veatch are pleased to be supporting Bioenergy Infrastructure Group to oversee the final stages of commissioning of the Energy Works Hull (EWH) project.”

The new Energy Works power plant in Hull

Shareholders at Energy Works, which includes firm Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG), took the drastic decision in March to terminate the contract of M+W Group.

Energy Works bosses said at the time the move “guaranteed the future of the plant,” amid uncertainty over when it will open its doors.

The announcement came after months of delays at the site. Last December, it was confirmed the opening of Energy Works had once again been pushed back , with spring 2019 announced as the target.

Hamish McPherson, CEO at Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, said of the new appointment: “Black & Veatch has demonstrated both technical capability and organisational commitment to the renewable energy industry, including as a lead contractor at our Ince Bio Power project in Cheshire.

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“We are delighted to have brought them on board in Hull. This represents very good news not only for this facility but for the city of Hull.

“We have regenerated a brownfield site, will be enabling other local businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and will be providing clean energy to the local grid.”

Read more: Energy Works Hull's future thrown into chaos as main builder's contract terminated

At its peak, over 500 people were employed during the construction phase of Energy Works, and a further 25 jobs will follow in the operational phase.

More jobs are being supported in the supply chain.

BIG recently announced that Ince Bio Power, its facility near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire which uses similar technology to Energy Works, is fully operational.

Ince Bio Power is currently the largest facility of its kind in the UK but will be overtaken by Energy Works once the Hull plant is fully operational.

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