Port of Goole supports region’s green future

By Associated British Ports | Posted: 17 Nov 2017

The Port of Goole showcased its ability to handle any type of cargo with a number of 20 tonne heavy lifts this week.

The project cargo lifting operation saw meticulous planning from a team made up of ABP operatives and heavy lift specialists, Collets who ensured that the pieces were handled with care and placed directly onto road transport.

Components for an air cooled condenser , the heaviest weighing 23 tonnes, were methodically lifted from the vessel which had brought the pieces over from Rotterdam.

The components were destined for Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) project, which was awarded planning consent in October 2015 and construction began last year. The project is owned and will be operated by Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), a 50:50 joint venture between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. MEL also operate the FM1 project, which began commercial operations in 2015.

Both Multifuel projects are located on land adjacent to SSE’s Ferrybridge ‘C’ coal fired power station, which ceased generation in 2016 after 50 years of service. Whilst commercial operations at the site are not due to commence until 2019, the Port of Goole was able to get a glimpse at some of the components destined for the new project.

The air cooled condenser components are crucial in ensuring the high performance of FM2 as during the operation of the plant, steam is generated by the boiler heating process, which in turn drives a turbine and produces electricity. The Air Cooled Condenser (ACC) condenses this steam through a heat exchanger whereby a series of fans draws air through the heat exchanger. Pictured below is a portion of the duct through which the steam is transported.

Martin Szakal, Operations Manager for Goole said: “We’re pleased to be able to assist in the delivery of the eagerly anticipated FM2 project. We’re keen to educate people about the pivotal role the ports industry plays in our local economy and that’s why it’s important for us to shout about the unique commodities that we’re able to handle in Goole.”

Once fully operational, FM2  will be able to treat up to 675,000 tonnes of waste derived fuels each year, fuel which would otherwise have gone to landfill.

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