Air Products has reportedly suspended construction on its second energy from waste project (TV2) in the UK.
The TV2 project, an innovative renewable energy facility based upon advanced plasma gasification technology, is located in Tees Valley in the Northeast of England along with the original TV1 facility.
Today’s news leaves 700 contractor employees temporarily dismissed for an as yet unknown duration, a situation described by the UK union for engineering and construction workers GMB as ‘appalling’.
According to a copy of an Air Products media statement sent to gasworld, the decision comes amidst advances in construction technologies/practices on TV1, with deferment of construction on TV2 allowing the company to apply any identified improvements in a cost-effective way when work does resume.
The Air Products media statement in full explained:
“After careful consideration we have made a decision to temporarily suspend construction of our second energy from waste project (TV2) in Tees Valley, UK. This decision does not reflect on the performance of our 700 highly-professional contractor colleagues currently working on the TV2 project, who will sadly be impacted by the suspension in work.
The duration of the suspension is yet to be determined but we remain committed to completing both facilities as soon as possible. We will work with our contactors to wind down TV2 construction activity in a controlled way.
As with many ground-breaking projects, improvements are identified as construction advances and new solutions put in place. This is the case for our first renewable energy facility currently being built (TV1). The learnings we are making here will be applicable to our second plant. By deferring construction we will be able to ensure any modifications are applied to TV2 in a cost-effective way when activity is resumed.
Work on our first renewable energy project will not be interrupted. Our team remains focused on safe construction of this plant, as we continue progression through to its operation.
Although not part of our original plan, in the long-term, this decision will aid the overall operational success and future of both our renewable energy facilities at Teesside.”
A GMB statement confirmed that the union is in talks with Air Products to try to resolve the situation where, it stated, “due to no fault of their own, members have been dismissed with no prior consultation regarding the disastrous situation with the technological problems on the site.”
Air Products Tees Valley facilities (TV1 and TV2) are two of the most innovative renewable energy projects in the world and the first of their kind in the UK. Both facilities use state-of-the-art advanced plasma gasification technology.
Advanced plasma gasification is a type of ‘advanced conversion technology’ (ACT), an innovative, carbon-lean process that uses very high temperatures to efficiently convert waste to syngas – the syngas is then used to generate renewable, ‘baseload’ electricity.
Once complete, the facilities will generate 49.9MW of electricity per plant, enough to provide electricity to the equivalent of over 100,000 homes, and divert over 350,000 tons per plant per year of non-recyclable waste from landfill.