Robson News: Geo Robson & Co Ltd have secured an £14 million contract to supply and install the biomass handling systems at E.ON Biomass Renewable Energy Plant at Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield.
 
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Robson wins £14 Million contract to supply Biomass Handling Systems at E.ON Blackburn Meadows

 
Sheffield Mechanical Handling Engineers Geo Robson & Co Ltd have secured an £14 million contract to supply and install the biomass handling systems at E.ON Biomass Renewable Energy Plant at Blackburn Meadows in Sheffield.

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Rated at up to 30MW, the new renewable energy plant would produce enough power for around 40,000 homes by burning waste wood. The plant would also displace the emission of around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the UK’s roads each year, by burning carbon neutral fuel in place of traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas.

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Robson has developed systems for the power generation industry over many years with many successful installations, the latest multi million pound builds were at Drax Power Station, Selby and Fiddlers Ferry Power Station Warrington.

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The engineers at Robson have worked closely with the E.ON engineers to design the biomass system, ensuring that the tight design criteria is met such as power consumption, dust and noise levels are controlled.

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Robson have designed the biomass system to optimise the lorry unloading, ensuring the fuel is fed in to the system at a continuous rate, the 4000 Tonne storage warehouse is filled from a tripper conveyor, which is installed in the roof space and moves the full length of the building to create an even stockpile ready for conveying to the firing process.

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The system ensures the fuel is screened for size, free from contaminants and steel that may harm the firing process, with inline magnet separators and reject chutes. Sampling equipment and weighing equipment provide a metered delivery to suit the boiler requirement while checking the material quality.
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The site was home to the original Blackburn Meadows 72 Megawatt Power Station, which closed and was demolished in the early 1980’s. The two cooling towers stood for a further 27 years until they were demolished in 2008.
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Kevin Mannion Production Director at Robson stated, “Robson is very proud to be involved with E.ON Blackburn Meadows site, Robson is wholly committed to developing systems for the renewable energy industry, this is a great opportunity for Sheffield and Robson to showcase our engineering skills and manufacturing quality, particularly so in the current economic climate.”
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Robson were awarded the contract following the initial selection of preferred supplier at the tender stages and have worked closely with the E.ON Project Team to develop the bespoke Biomass Handling scheme.
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The mechanical build which starts in 2012, will be manufactured at Robson’s head quarters in Sheffield less than a mile from the E.ON site, the plant is to be operational by mid 2014.
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