Latest phase completes at Cheshire renewable energy plant

Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant

Engineers have handed over new infrastructure work at a Cheshire energy plant which aims to divert waste from landfill to create renewable power for 125,000 homes.

National group SES Engineering Services (SES), which has a Manchester operation, was appointed to the contract at Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant (LSEP) near Northwich in Cheshire, in 2019.

It has now handed over to project partners, Tata Chemicals Europe, Inovyn and Imerys.

Once operational, LSEP will recover energy safely and cleanly, diverting 600,000 tonnes of residual waste from landfill.

The plant will produce renewable electricity constantly, making it a more reliable source of energy than that gained from wind or solar power.

This is the latest project to benefit from SES’s offsite capabilities and in-house manufacturing facility, Prism.

A notable achievement for the contractor was the manufacture and installation of ‘super-module’ services bridges. Each module was 14m long by 5m wide and a comprehensive logistical master plan was developed working with Greater Manchester Police and Merseyside Police to transport these super-modules to site.

These modules are the largest SES has manufactured and installed to date, taking nearly 60,000 labour hours off site.

The full enabling package also saw the installation of pipework services, HV and LV equipment and transformers as well as reactors.

SES managing director, Steve Joyce, said: “SES is highly adept when it comes to delivering major enabling works and infrastructure projects of this calibre.

“We knew the project would be a challenge, however, I believe the key to our successful delivery of LSEP’s enabling works, was borne from our early engagement with the supply chain and our ability to identify HV specialists that would support our in-house team with the migration of new building services into existing services.

“The LSEP will contribute to the Government’s strategy to reduce landfill and the export of waste, as well as contributing to the country’s effort to reduce the effects of climate change and it’s extremely gratifying to know SES is playing its part and that our efforts will result in the provision of electricity to 125,000 homes in the region.”

The main plant is scheduled to start producing power in 2024.

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