One of the country’s biggest suppliers of energy-from-waste (EfW) technology Energos has gone into administration.
Administrators RSM blamed “cashflow issues caused by contractual disputes with two main contractors” as the reason for the company’s collapse.
The Warrington-based firm had four ongoing EfW contracts, including a contract to supply technology for Interserve’s troubled Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre.
Interserve revealed in May that it had taken a £70m hit on the project, citing ”challenges with the supply chain” as the reason for the losses.
Energos also held a £65m supply contract on Interserve’s £145m Derby gasification plant in 2014.
MRW’s sister title Construction News reported today that an unnamed buyer pulled out of a deal to buy Interserve’s Ellesmere Port offsite manufacturing facility.
Interserve announced in May that it was to close the site following “economic challenges” in the EfW and gas and oil sectors.
Other ongoing contracts include EfW plants in Milton Keynes and the Isle of Wight for Ameycespa, Amey’s joint venture with Spanish waste giant Cespa.
Energos is a subsidiary of Manchester-based environmental consultant Ener-G and employs 42 people.
RSM Restructuring Advisory partner and one of the joint administrators Lindsey Cooper said: “It’s early days, but we are working with our professional advisers to review the status of the current contracts with a view to maximising the returns to creditors.”
Shlomo Dowen, national co-ordinator of the United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN) campaign group said Energos’s collapse should “act as a wake-up call” for investors considering “unreliable technology such as gasification”.
”Anyone who has been paying attention will know that gasification projects are infamous for over-promising and under-delivering.
“Given the vast quantities of residual waste treatment capacity that already exists, investment and procurement should now be focused on upstream opportunities such as better collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure.”