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£300 million multifuel generation plant at Ferrybridge

SSE plc and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. have embarked on a 50:50 joint venture to construct a £300 million multifuel generation facility at SSE’s Ferrybridge power station in West Yorkshire.

The joint venture, named Multifuel Energy Ltd (“MFE”), expects to commence construction of a 68MW multifuel facility in late 2012 and complete the project by early 2015. During the three year construction period, hundreds of jobs are expected to be created, in addition to more than 50 full time jobs being required once the plant is fully operational. Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) will carry out the construction, which has an extensive portfolio of similar multifuel projects.

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Laser cladding capabilities proven for sour gas service

Rotherham-based Darron SBO is a global leading provider of engineering services and drilling tools for the oil & gas sector. The company employs more than 120 highly skilled workers and supplies products to numerous countries worldwide.

Darron SBO’s sister company, Austrian-based Schoeller-Bleckmann Oilfield Technology, manufactures special oil & gas grade corrosion resistant steel which is used in over 70 percent of their business. The specification for this material has been set


by key players in the directional drilling market, such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes and Weatherford. Darron SBO use a range of high quality non- magnetic alloys for their oil & gas products, some of which have mechanical properties and pitting resistance equivalent (PRE) values comparable to that of hyper duplex stainless steel.

Processes such as roller burnishing, shot peening and hammer peening (developed by SBOT) are used to enhance the steels resistance to fatigue, fretting and stress corrosion cracking. In addition, Darron SBO provides a full suite of

hardfacing services which includes laser cladding. Using a 6Kw CO2 laser which is fitted to a 6-axis machine tool, a matrix of nickel and spherical tungsten carbide is welded to a softer substrate, producing a wear resistant layer. The versatility of this technology means that it can be used in many different applications. Through extensive research, the company have proved its capability for sour gas applications as it displayed no signs of corrosion.

In the future Darron SBO hopes to expand into the following markets; nuclear (both civil and defence), marine renewables and defence.

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Kiveton Park Steel Limited achieves Queen’s Award for International Trade

Kiveton Park Steel is delighted to receive the prestigious Queen’s award for International Trade on the Queen’s birthday. This award has been granted to the company for demonstrating “outstanding achievement in international trade over 3 years”.

The award winners are chosen each year on advice of the Prime Minister who is advised by a committee including representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and trade unions.

In the last few years, export activities have increased rapidly with current levels representing over 60 percent of total sales, initially to European markets but now extending into many deep sea destinations including Latin and South America, India and the Far East. The company is closely associated with the global automotive sector supplying quality products in supply chains leading to diesel injection, steering, engine and suspension parts and providing a full service package for a wide range of material specifications.

Kiveton Park Steel is one of 156 companies recognised by the Queen’s Awards this year of which 20 are located in Yorkshire and only 7 in South Yorkshire. The company will be formally presented with the award at an event to be arranged on site involving all employees who have combined as a team to achieve this honour.

Kiveton Park Steel Managing Director, Bill Collington commented that: “The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious corporate awards that any UK business can win and we are extremely proud to be honoured with the award for International Trade. We share this award with all employees, agents and distributors working together to promote our export trade. The company is committed to continued export growth both within and beyond Europe where our key messages of Quality – The First Priority and Excellence in Customer Service, provide the foundations for sustainable supply chain business relationships.“

The Department of Energy and Climate Change gave permission to develop the facility in October 2011. A wide range of waste- derived fuels will be used to generate heat and electricity, of which the latter will be sold to SSE.

SSE’s Managing Director of Generation, Paul Smith, said: “Multifuel technology is a tried and tested way of generating clean, base-load power. This new multifuel plant will provide

additional diversity to SSE’s generation portfolio and make a useful contribution to ensuring we have reliable energy supplies for the future.

“The transactions that make up this project represent a strong partnership between four major players in the multifuel sector, who are committed to making a serious level of investment in this technology. Between them the companies involved have extensive experience in sourcing and processing waste, constructing and commissioning multifuel technologies, and operating generation plant. This

partnership creates a great platform to develop multi-fuel technology in future.”

The multifuel plant is not intended to replace the existing 1,000MW of coal capacity which is set to close in 2015 as a result of the European Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD). SSE is yet to make a decision on the future main use of Ferrybridge Power Station, which is currently home to the UK’s largest carbon capture trial CCPilot100+, in conjunction with Doosan Power Systems and Vattenfall.

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