EQTEC hires Petrofac for Billingham waste-to-energy project

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United Kingdom – Petrofac has been chosen as the front-end engineering design (FEED) contractor for EQTEC’s multi-technology waste-to-energy project at Haverton Hill, Billingham, Teesside, UK.

The companies have formalized their agreement to work together on the FEED and as a potential EPC partner for the project’s development and delivery by signing a Letter of Intent.

The EQTEC has obtained all necessary licenses and approvals to construct a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to combined heat and power (CHP) facility that could convert 200,000 tonnes of RDF annually into up to 25 MW of electricity for export to the national grid and up to 34 MW of thermal energy. This facility is being built through its wholly owned project SPV, Haverton WTV Limited. The business has a contract for a grid connection and is pursuing talks with nearby businesses about offering private wire offtake.

Given that the RDF-to-CHP plant would only occupy less than 40% of the total amount of land that Haverton would need to purchase, the company earlier this year conducted additional research to think about how to best utilize the remaining land and raise the project’s value as a result. The company and its partners are currently taking into consideration a variety of additional facilities, including for hydrogen production, battery storage, and/or hydrogen refueling, following a thorough review of multiple financial models for the project, technical viability, and updated site drawings. The EQTEC intends to sell the project in whole or in part, and all such options would be subject to additional planning approval and future owners’ consent.

FEED partner

Since 2021, EQTEC has collaborated with Petrofac. As a result of the parties’ cooperation, Petrofac presented a formal and convincing proposal for the provision of the FEED for the RDF-to-CHP facility. EQTEC has chosen Petrofac to be the project’s designated FEED contractor based on this and the company’s expertise as an EPC contractor and a provider of engineering services.

The parties have not established a formal start date for the FEED in order to allow potential investors to be taken into consideration when evaluating the various site designs in the hopes of pursuing project finance for the project. In order to share its opinions on the delivery strategy, including procurement and integration risks and how it would mitigate them, Petrofac has agreed to support the company’s efforts by engaging funding candidates. The company will appoint Petrofac for the FEED work, but at the time of appointment, the owners of the SPVs must approve the choice of the EPC partner.