UMC’s involvement in Vital Energi’s first EfW scheme, has run from planning approval onwards and has included significant redesign works to all aspects, in order to make the design of the site and building (process and office) viable, both in terms of compliance and operational considerations.
The project is located on the former Drakelow C Power Station site, south of Burton on Trent, Derbyshire and has a “three line” boiler process solution (which is being procured by Vital Energi directly), with works due to commence on site early in 2020, with an anticipated construction programme of circa 18 months.
Once complete, the plant will use around 169,000 tonnes of Biomass Rich Fuel, a form of Refuse Derived Fuel that requires no onsite processing. It will utilise a gasification technology to produce a syngas that will be used to generate electricity onsite using a steam turbine. Generated electricity will be exported to grid and the plant has been designed to be CHP ready so that future development on the adjacent Drakelow Park site could readily make use of generated heat.
The architectural design has been delivered in BIM, with UMC acting as Architect / Lead Designer and coordinating the general building modelling (along with fire engineering and approved inspector interfaces), and with MJM acting as Structural and Civil Engineers.