Viridor, Polymers 2 contract in Avonmouth

Viridor, Polymers 2 contract in Avonmouth

Powersystems your high voltage (HV) specialist partners – Are delighted to have been awarded the Viridor, Polymers 2 contract in Avonmouth, near Bristol.

Resource management company Viridor is set to open the UK’s largest multi-polymer plastic recycling plant in Avonmouth, which will be powered by energy generated from its £252-million energy recovery facility currently under construction on the same site.

The new plastics recycling plant is expected to cost £65 million and will process 81,000 tonnes of PET, HDPE and PP plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays in its first year of operation, rising to 89,000 tonnes in year three. This will produce 60,000 tonnes of recycled plastic in year one, rising to 63,000 tonnes in year three. Any plastics deemed un-recyclable will be sent for energy recovery at the Avonmouth ‘Resource Recovery Centre’ (RRC), which is due to be completed by mid-2020.

The RRC will process 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste every year, coming from Viridor’s local authority contracts in the region, including the Somerset Waste Partnership, and will generate around 32 megawatts of electricity. The energy produced will be used to power the plastics plant on the same site.

The project has been described as a ‘world-class facility’ and an ‘early sign of Viridor’s continuing commitment to UK plastics conversion’, joining similar projects announced this year by Biffa, Coral and Recycling Technologies at a time when there are growing calls to boost domestic plastic reprocessing and reduce reliance on the export of plastic waste.

A report by the National Audit Office, published in July of last year, found that exports of plastic packaging waste had increased six times since 2002, with much of this ending up in the natural environment of the countries it was exported to.

Images of the environmental damage wrought by improperly disposed plastic have led MPs to call for an end to the export of plastic waste to developing countries, while plastic waste has been added to the list of wastes subject to controls under the Basel Convention, limiting its trade.

The UK Government indicated in its Resources and Waste Strategy that it is seeking to stimulate demand for recycled plastic in the UK through increasing domestic reprocessing, with a tax on the manufacture and import of plastic packaging containing less than 30 per cent recycled plastic one of its flagship policies for doing so.

There is a clear ambition from both UK consumers and politicians to improve recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste which is sent to export. Research shows that 80 per cent of people believe the UK should find a way to deal with its own recycling without having to ship it to other countries.

Unless action is taken now and investment in infrastructure is made, a plastic recycling capacity gap will undermine UK ambitions and the sustainability targets of retailers and the big consumer brands.

The co-location of the plastics recycling facility and the Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre aims to create greater sustainability and environmental efficiency in Viridor’s operations while creating ‘a recycling powerhouse’ in the South West.

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Powersystems accepted by JOSCAR

Powersystems accepted by JOSCAR

Powersystems accepted by JOSCAR

Powersystems – your High Voltage (HV) specialist partners – are proud to announce that we have been successfully accepted into the JOSCAR register and are now recognised as a fully compliant supplier for several defence companies and major organisations.

What is the JOSCAR register?

JOSCAR stands for the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register. The JOSCAR register is a central register of approved suppliers which are used by several major defence organisations including BAE Systems, NATS, Airbus and the MOD when implementing new projects.

This register is strictly invite-only and requires successful completion of a qualification process.

JOSCAR

What does this mean for our current and prospective clients?

Being included on the JOSCAR register is somewhat of a coup by Powersystems and something we are very proud of. It means that we join an elite group of suppliers that have been hand-picked by some of the most established organisations in the country.

This seal of approval means that our current and future clients can have extra confidence in Powersystems and our services as we have the capacity and technical ability to deliver on projects of this scale.

In addition, all of these organisations have strict security requirements and this is becoming more and more important to clients of all sizes, especially in the wake of GDPR. This again helps to inform our clients that we meet these high levels of protection for their systems

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in finding out more, further details are available on the Hellios website

Following successful projects Powersystems are proud to be involved in local and national industry and look forward to working closely with partners in further exciting projects next year and beyond.

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic statement from Powersystems.

For many of us right now, the scale of the Covid19 (Coronavirus) crisis calls to mind historic events that have reshaped society in lasting ways.

In dealing with this extraordinary shock to our system the team at Powersystems wanted to reassure you and let you know how we are dealing with the challenges that we face from the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The health, safety and well-being of our Powersystems partners, colleagues, customers, supply chain partners and wider public is our top priority. We have implemented procedures to safeguard our partners with the office closed and all the team working from home. Whilst we are ensuring that the necessary procedures and assessments are in place to allow site operations to be carried out safely in accordance with the latest official guidance from the UK Government.

Our technology and communication systems are working well and serving the business successfully.  

We continue to advise Powersystems partners and wider stakeholders on government guidance.

We are actively promoting preventative measures to minimise the risk of infection, through revised protocols and daily procedures, these include continued focus upon hygiene-cleaning, sanitisation, encouraging video conferencing and virtual meetings via Zoom, Face-time and Skype and avoiding non-essential face-to-face meetings. Where these may take place, they will do so within guidelines and will continue as long as it is safe to do so.

Powersystems partners can be contacted on our usual mobile and office numbers as well as email and LinkedIn which can be found on our website https://www.powersystemsuk.co.uk/

Looking forward, we welcome new business enquiries and will continue to tender for future contracts even whilst our office may be closed.

Our focus is on the safe continuity of business this is a difficult time for everyone and the immediate future is uncertain. Please be reassured however, that Powersystems is resilient and we are responding to the challenge presented with the support of our partners. To them we are grateful for their agility and proud of their response to this current situation.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with your usual Powersystems engineering contact.

Stay Safe Everyone

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Powersystems bolsters Bristol Port green credentials with electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Powersystems bolsters Bristol Port green credentials with electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Powersystems are part of a nationwide team that design, install, commission and maintain electrical vehicle (EV) infrastructure to support fleet transport operators for Land, Rail and Sea at Ports and Airports.

As the preferred electrical infrastructure partner for over 25 years, Powersystems one of the UK’s leading high voltage engineering specialists have been appointed to design, supply, install, test and commission the electric vehicle charging infrastructure for The Bristol Port Company.

Bristol Port is preparing its first Air Quality Strategy which will set out long-term plans to reduce emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases within the Port Estate, helping to safeguard public health and protecting the environment.  The development of the Strategy gives Bristol Port the opportunity to build on existing environmental initiatives; to continue to make further reductions in emissions from port operations; and work in partnership with others to contribute to clean air initiatives in the wider Bristol and North Somerset area.

As part of the package of measures to contribute towards Bristol Port’s Air Quality Strategy, Bristol Port has reinforced its green credentials by investing in new electric vehicles and associated charging points.

This first stage of converting the Port fleet to electric vehicles will see four diesel fuelled Ford Connect vans replaced, with new zero emission e-NV200 Nissan vans.  This investment includes the installation of electric charging points at both Avonmouth and Portbury Docks, and new state-of-the-art air quality monitors.

Bristol Port requires additional infrastructure within their LV network to facilitate Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), which will enable charging of their new Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles. Powersystems were tasked with the design, installation and commissioning of the required LV infrastructure and EVSE units.

Powersystems provided the solution for supplying and installing two 14.4 kVA rated dual outlets; each outlet rated at 7 kW, the required LV infrastructure to facilitate the EVSE units, civils works and the installation of a back office management system with wireless unit communications which enables Bristol Port to collate data such as how much energy is being consumed and by who.

The Port derives approximately 35% of its electricity from the three 2-megawatt wind turbines on Avonmouth Dock, and continues to take significant steps to be more energy efficient.

Anne Hayes, Environment Manager at the Port said: “The future is green for Bristol Port. The newly acquired electric vans will promote sustainable travel around the docks. The new quiet vans are fully electric and produce zero harmful emissions.

The Port is in the process of installing dedicated twin charging points at both Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks. We are grateful to North Somerset Council for providing contributory funding towards these charging points under the “Go Ultra Low” scheme.  This has helped us to make an essential first step in our transition to a zero emission fleet.” Anne continued to say “Joining the new vans will be two e-bikes that the Port has secured with the help of funding from Travelwest and Bristol City Council.  These pool e-bikes will provide a sustainable means for staff to travel around Avonmouth and Portbury Docks, not only helping to reduce our emissions and carbon footprint, but importantly promoting health and well-being for our employees”.

The works aren’t complete yet, Powersystems anticipate this to be complete by the end of March

Click here to learn more about the environment work at Bristol Port.

Powersystems have been engaging with and assisting the major fleet operators in the UK with their grid and infrastructure requirements as the nation moves towards decarbonised transportation.

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Powersystems Announce Electrical Works Contract For Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Powersystems Announce Electrical Works Contract For Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Powersystems Announce Electrical Works Contract For Glen Kyllachy Onshore Wind Farm

Powersystems has announced it has been awarded the electrical balance of plant contract by Scottish company RJ Mcleod who are a highly experienced civils contractor based in Dingwall – who have been appointed to construct the 50MW Glen Kyllachy wind farm on behalf of their mutual client Innogy Renewables.

Experience in the design and installation of high voltage electrical infrastructure has placed Powersystems in a position ideally suited to carryout wind farm electrical balance of plant contracts.

Since Powersystems first wind farm installation at Goonhilly Downs in 1992 they have been actively involved with wind farm projects ranging from single turbines to 60 plus turbine sites. Powersystems engineers are experienced in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of wind farm switchgear, transformers, cable infrastructure, earth systems and SCADA cabling, enabling the complete installation to be carried out.

Powersystems have connected 24% of all U.K. land base wind farm generation.

In addition to the on-site electrical balance of plant works Powersystems can provide grid connections to wind farm sites, and have done so in some extremely remote and challenging locations – such as the construction on Glen Kyllachy Wind Farm, situated South of Inverness started in October 2019. Initial works focus on site establishment, installing the main access tracks and opening up the borrow pits.  In addition, the first of the crane hardstands at a wind turbine location has now been constructed.

The focus for the next few months will be to continue the access track construction, prepare the substation platform and undertake the construction of many of the crane hardstands.  In the Spring, RJ Mcleods will look to begin construction of the wind turbine foundations.

Scottish and Southern Energy Networks are continuing with their design and procurement process associated with the grid connection for the site and it is anticipated that they will commence works on site in the Summer.

Other activities taking place offsite include the confirmation of the contract for the supply and installation of the wind turbines with Nordex.  It is intended that these will be transported to site in March 2021.

This marks Powersystems  thirty second project with RJ McLeod.

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This article is written by Jules Daly, Marketing and Communications Manager at Powersystems UK.

Email jules.daly@powersystemsuk.com Telephone 01454 318000

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure across the whole of the United Kingdom.As one of the first Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme ‘s accredited Independent Connection Providers we are capable of delivering contestable grid connections at voltages up to 132kV.

We have supported and delivered projects for diverse clientele; this includes:

  • Dyson Hullavington
  • Millbrook Proving Ground, electric vehicle testing facility
  • EV infrastructure, for bus transportation projects UK wide
  • Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, London
  • Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Airbus
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Formula One Race Teams (Mercedes Petronas, Williams F1 and Red Bull Technologies)
  • Public Sector – Ministry of Defence, Universities, NHS Trusts UK wide, Schools, Water Utilities.
  • Bristol, Newport and Southampton Port Authorities

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Windy Rig construction keeps it local

Windy Rig construction keeps it local

Statkraft has announced it has awarded Scottish company RJ McLeod the contract to undertake the civil engineering works for the 43MW Windy Rig wind farm in Scotland.

Construction is expected to take around 16 months, with the project due to reach operational stage in 2021.

Ionic Consulting are supporting Statkraft as Owner’s Engineer during construction, with RJ McLeod completing the Civil Works and Powersystems UK providing the Electrical Works.

Windy Rig wind farm is a subsidy free project located in Dumfries & Galloway and was originally developed by Element Power (acquired by Statkraft in September 2018).

Statkraft UK Managing Director, David Flood said: “Windy Rig is our first subsidy-free wind project in the UK and is an exciting milestone for our company. This kicks off the start of a busy year across all sectors of our business.”

Barry Maher, Statkraft Project Manager for the work said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint such experienced Civil and Electrical contractors in RJMcLeod and Powersystems UK and are confident they will execute the works in and safe and timely manner with minimum impact on local residents. We will continue our engagement with local communities throughout the project and will promote the use of locally sourced resources and workforce.”

Jamie Corser, Business Development Manager at RJ McLeod said “This marks our fourth project working with Statkraft in Scotland and this contract takes us over 2750MW of onshore wind farms built or in construction. We look forward to working with Statkraft to deliver another successful project.”
Statkraft has agreed to transfer ownership of the project to Greencoat UK Wind post-construction, with Statkraft managing the construction and providing operational management services for the wind farm once the project is online.

Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, Statkraft have stated plans to bring forward 600MW of renewable energy projects in the UK by 2025 with at least a further 600MW in development. The company acquired UK onshore wind development company Airvolution Clean Energy in August 2019 to boost its development pipeline.

This marks Powersystems UK’s fourth project with the Statkraft team, and are familiar partners for RJ McLeod, having worked together on over 30 projects.
Ionic Consulting recently completed their 7th project for Statkraft, this contract being their first Statkraft project in Scotland. Ionic opened their Edinburgh office in November 2018.

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