Runcorn Energy from Waste

Design Me have been working with Mercury Engineering since the early part of 2013 to deliver a new Waste to Energy project in the North West of England.

Mercury Engineering appointed Design Me to carry out a full peer-review of the Phase 1 Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health design and to carry out the detailed design of the MEP Services for Phase 2 of the project.

The project consists of a waste to energy (WtE), combined heat and power (CHP) plant and is part of a private finance initiative (PFI) waste management project by the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), to provide an integrated solution for the 1.3 million tonnes of municipal waste that the Authority handles each year.

Expected to be completed by 2014/15, Runcorn will use Keppel Seghers’ Water-Cooled Grates, the horizontal boiler design integrated with its Prism technology for enhanced heat recovery and its double dry flue gas cleaning system.

The new facility will have the capacity to treat up an additional 375,000 tonnes of solid recovered fuel per year derived from household waste (also known as refuse derived fuel or RDF). The combined Runcorn I and II plant will have a total capacity to treat 750,000 tonnes of waste per year, and at full capacity will generate 80 MW of electricity and 54MW of heat.

Runcorn is one of the largest waste and renewable energy projects in the UK.