Eagle Platforms Assisting Hooton Bio Power Plant Construction

Posted Jul 13, 2020

Eagle Platforms are involved in the training and equipment hire for the construction of a brand new bio power plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire on the banks of the river Mersey. The Hooton Bio Power Plant is a major, ambitious project that will manifest in a power plant with net zero carbon emissions, while providing the equivalent energy used by around 50,000 homes. As such, Eagle Platforms are delighted to be involved in exactly the sort of project that is needed in the UK as project restart looks to a greener, more sustainable future for the country.

The power plant itself will be the first of its kind in the UK – a non-subsidised waste gasification project that runs on fluidised bed technology. It was developed by CoGen and the technology is provided by innovative Japanese firm Kobelco Eco Solutions. Due to complete by the end of 2021 (obviously depending on what happens with the pandemic) it will be a step in the right direction for green power generation in and around the Cheshire area.

In terms of the specific nature of Eagle Platforms’ involvement in the project it is twofold. Eagle Platforms are providing a swathe of training courses for managers and workers on the large site, namely:

IPAF 3A and 3B courses

Harness training

Loading training

MEWPs for Managers

PASMA scaffold training services

Telehandler driver training

By providing this array of courses Eagle Platforms will ensure that safety protocol is adhered to, minimizing the risk of incidents on-site. By making sure that staff are trained properly it is hoped that the work will be carried out not only safely, but also more efficiently, helping to complete this exciting project in a timely fashion.

The second part of Eagle Platforms’ involvement in the Hooton Bio Power Plant is in the provision of equipment for hire. The equipment provided includes:

Scissor lifts ranging from 6m to 17m in working height

12m to 41m cherry pickers including the brand new HA41PRO with the new 5 Stage, zero emission engine

The project itself will result in a green bio power station that will transform around 240,000 tonnes of residual municipal solid waste each year, using proven Kobelco technology into 25.2 MW of electricity. Once the needs of the power plant have been met, the electricity will be exported to the grid, dramatically enhancing the sustainable, green energy profile of the area. In transforming methane waste into viable energy in a hyper modern, environmentally sound way (EfW – Energy from Waste) is a huge boost to the region and the sort of net zero emission power station that will hopefully become the status quo down the line. Much of the construction of the plant consists of a steel-framed building, which itself is fully recyclable and very environmentally sound.

Hopefully, the help Eagle Platforms are providing, both in terms of training and the provision of the latest, most efficient working at height equipment will help in ensuring this ambitious green project can be completed as swiftly and safely as possible.