Atlantis releases update on Uskmouth conversion, pellet plant

By Erin Voegele | November 07, 2018

SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd. has announced the conversion of its U.K.-based Uskmouth Power Station is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. Once operational, the facility will generate 220 MW of power using energy pellets made from non-recyclable waste destined for the landfill.

Atlantis released an update of the conversion project on Nov. 5., noting that the environmental planning and permitting (EPP) contract for the project has been awarded to international consultancy firm RPS Group Plc. RPS will facilitate the EPP requirements for the Uskmouth conversion and the construction of an adjacent pellet plant.

That adjacent energy pellet plant is one of four new U.K. pellet plants that are to be developed as part of the project. Atlantis said energy pellets will be produced using technology developed by Dutch company N+P Group. The adjacent pellet plant will be a 50:50 joint venture between N+P and SIMEC Energy called SIMEC Subcoal Fuels Ltd.

Atlantis has been awarded the management services agreement in relating to the consenting process for the SSF plant. Once complete, the facility is expected to convert 600,000 tons of waste feedstock into pellets.

According to information released by Atlantis, the company and its project partner SSF have made progress in the development of a waste derived energy pellet that is designed to work in a multitude of combustion systems with minimal conversion costs. The pellets are composed of non-recyclable waste, including card, paper, biogenic waste and plastic.

Atlantic said successful pellet milling trials have been conducted by SSF in the Netherlands. During the tests, the company said the proprietary hardened pellet was crushed through both Andritz and CPM hammer mills and noted the final milled product has particle size reduction prior to combustion within a pulverized fuel furnace that aids more efficient and complete combustion.