Opening of Hull's £200m Energy Works pushed back to spring 2019

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Dec 2018

Hull’s £200m Energy Works plant will now not be up and running until spring 2019, its project manager has confirmed.

Once completed the waste plant, in Cleveland Street, will generate enough clean electricity to power more than 40,000 homes.

The plant was originally earmarked to launch in 2018, but with just days until the end of the year, questions have been asked about its fate.

Chris Wilcock, project manager at Energy Works, admitted getting the plant fully operational in 2018 would have been “a good achievement,” but revealed the date had now been put back until spring 2019.

He said on BBC radio on Wednesday morning: “In the industry we are in, you face challenges when you put equipment together for the first time.

Hull's Energy Works will now open in spring 2019

“This is the first time in the UK this configuration has been put together…we are now at advanced stages of commissioning.”

The Energy Works will convert black bin rubbish from in and around Hull into electricity which can be fed into the power grid.

Once operational, around 1,000 tonnes of waste will pass through the plant every single day.

Around 30 direct jobs will be created at Energy Works, but Mr Wilcock said completion of the plant would have a positive knock-on effect to its supply chain.

Construction of the Energy Works started back in 2016, and the site’s website stated it would running by 2018.

But speaking on the radio, he said previous speculation that the plant would be open in early 2018 was always “very optimistic.”

Watch: Drone footage of the Energy Works

Addressing concerns surrounding the number of lorries travelling along Stoneferry Road to supply the plant, Mr Wilcock said: “There will be about 50 wagons a day going to the site, over a 12-hour period between 7am and 7pm.

“We have done extensive work with Hull City Council on this. Previously there was a traffic volume on the site, but it has been dormant for 10 years."

Read more: Hull's £200m power plant nears completion

Energy Works is 80 per cent private funded, with the remainder coming from European grants.

The process of electricity generation will see waste burned at temperatures as high as 850 degrees Celsius.

Steam created will power turbines and generators which can produce clean electricity for use in homes.



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