Business Briefs

By Biomass Magazine | April 30, 2019

Macquarie Infrastructure Partners acquires Wheelabrator 
Macquarie Infrastructure Partners and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. announced that MIP, acting through one of its managed funds, has completed the purchase of Wheelabrator from funds managed by Energy Capital Partners. MIP operates within the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets division of Macquarie Group.

Wheelabrator is a leading owner and operator of waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities, with a platform of 25 assets in the U.S. and the U.K, including 19 WTE facilities (three under construction), two waste fuel facilities and four ash monofills. Wheelabrator also recovers metals for recycling at two advanced metals recovery systems and is in the process of developing a central upgrade facility.

Morbark introduces Rayco T415 Forestry Mulcher and Hydra-Stumper
Morbark LLC announced the debut of the Rayco T415 Forestry Machine. The T415 allows customers to change between a Predator forestry mower/mulcher head and a Hydra Stumper stump cutter attachment for optimal versatility.

Powered by a 415-horsepower (310-kW) CAT C9.3B Diesel Tier 4 Final engine, the T415 boasts a closed-loop hydrostatic system to power the mulcher or cutter head, sending 140 gallons per minute to the attachment’s drive motor(s). The hydraulic output is power optimized to match the engine’s power curve, keeping the mulcher/stumper RPM constant, even under load for a finer mulched product with fewer passes.

Bardle named head of Immingham Humber International Terminal
Associated British Ports announced that Martin Bardle, formerly the company’s head of compliance, has stepped into an operational position and taken up the helm at Immingham’s Humber International Terminal.

The site handles 10 percent of the country’s energy cargo and hosts the largest biomass handling facility in the United Kingdom—Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal, the result of a 2015 agreement with Drax Power Station.

Prior to his port career, Bardle worked for the British Army as a plant and equipment fitter apprentice and served for almost 15 years in the Royal Engineers. After leaving the Army, Martin worked in a succession of health and safety leadership roles with companies such as Balfour Beatty, Rolls-Royce and Mace.

Martin holds a Master of Business Administration from Warwick Business School and a Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management. He joined ABP on the Humber in 2015.

SBP names technical committee members 
Sustainable Biomass Partnership CEO Carsten Huljus has named the organization’s technical committee members, who took up their positions with immediate effect. The technical committee is a representation of specialist expertise across the disciplines encompassed by the SBP standards, including forest management, feedstock processing and biomass distribution, as well as knowledge of auditing, certification and accreditation processes and procedures. The role of the committee is to provide advice to the board on SBP's technical and scientific functions.

The six members are Kim Cesafsky, manager of sustainability at Enviva; Anders Hildeman, forestry and certification independent consultant; Brenda Hopkin, forestry and certification independent consultant; Peter Kofod Kristensen, senior lead sustainability advisor at Ørsted; Rob Shaw, technical manager at Soil Association Certification Ltd.; and Martin Walter, an independent consultant and professor in timber trade, wood manufacturing and certification at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences.

Covanta, Green Investment Group reach England WTE plant financial close
Covanta Holding Corp. and Green Investment Group Ltd. announced that the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility in Bedfordshire, England, has reached financial close and will commence construction. Covanta and GIG will each own 40 percent of the state-of-the-art facility, with primary waste supplier Veolia ES (UK) Ltd. owning the remaining 20 percent.

The Rookery facility will provide 545,000 metric tons of annual treatment capacity for nonrecyclable waste. Veolia will deliver the majority of Rookery’s waste supply under a long-term contract, with the balance sourced through other commercial, industrial and municipal counterparties.

Construction of the 60-MW facility will be led by Hitachi Zosen Inova under a turnkey engineering, procurement and construction contract and is expected to take approximately 36 months to complete. Covanta will provide technical oversight during construction and supply operations and maintenance services when the project commences operations in 2022.

SCS offering SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard
SCS Global Services is now offering chain-of-custody certification to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Chain-of-Custody Standard.  SFI is a leading, credible certification in North America for responsible forest products. This new service offering leverages SCS as a one-stop shop for the wood and paper industries, providing clients with increased efficiency for dual and triple chain-of-custody certification to the major three forest sustainability standards. SCS is also currently undergoing accreditation for, and will soon be offering certification services for SFI Forest Management and SFI Fiber Sourcing Standards.


SoCalGas’s Minter named RNG champion
Southern California Gas Co. recently announced George Minter, the company’s regional vice president of external affairs and environmental policy, was named Renewable Natural Gas Champion by Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that focuses on local solutions to global climate change.

At SoCalGas, Minter is responsible for the company’s public affairs, community relations, public policy and energy and environmental affairs functions. He is a long-time policy professional specializing in energy and environmental matters, program development, communications and political advocacy.

Climate Resolve lauded Minter’s efforts to increase the use of renewable natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that benefits all people, including low-income families. Minter was honored at Climate Resolve’s annual Coolest in L.A. Gala, a celebration of innovation in Southern California’s Fight Against Climate Change.

Active Energy Group acquires CoalSwitch site
Active Energy Group announced that the acquisition of an industrial site in Lumberton, North Carolina, has been satisfied. The site will become the new base for all AEG's CoalSwitch operations in the U.S., and house the first permanent production facility for CoalSwitch.

The site is strategically located close to AEG’s joint-venture partner, Georgia Renewable Power LLC, and is also in a prime lumber district in the U.S. It includes up to 415,000 square feet of covered factory space, and 151 acres of surrounding land. It was purchased for a total consideration of $3.3 million.