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Preferred bidder named for Hull hybrid renewable plant

A joint venture formed by MWH Treatment, part of US-based MWH Global, and engineering company Spencer Group has been named as the preferred bidder for a £150m renewable energy facility in Hull.

Developer Energy Works, which is a subsidiary of the Spencer Group, has chosen the joint venture for an engineer, procure and construct wrap contract to deliver the first phase of the project.

The hybrid plant will combine gasification, anaerobic digestion (AD), in vessel composting, and solar and wind power.

It will also have an attached Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) able to process 20,000 tonnes of recyclables per year.

Energy Works described the renewable plant as the first facility of its kind in the UK.

MWH Treatment and the Spencer Group will build the gasification plant, which will generate 28MW of electricity per year, enough to power 43,000 homes. Construction will begin in early 2015 and completion is scheduled by March 2017.

The AD plant and MRF will be added in the second phase of the project.

Energy Works obtained planning permission in October 2013 and a grid connection agreement.

It also secured a £19.9m capital grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in March. The grant is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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