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Saxlund chosen for Surrey Eco Park gasification solution

The lead contractor for Surrey County Council’s new Eco Park, M+W Group, has chosen Saxlund International to provide the storage for the refuse derived fuel (RDF) which will feed a gasification facility.

Saxlund International is responsible for the project which will provide a 2,300cu m storage bunker for the 55,000 tonnes of RDF processed each year.

The Eco Park being developed by Suez at Shepperton will use automated push floor technology, using ‘first in-first out’ design principles to limit the opportunity for the fuel to degrade or compact. 

Matt Drew, managing director of Saxlund International said: ”We are delighted to be involved with the development of the Eco Park’s gasification facility. Saxlund push floor technology and material handling solutions will help to ensure a highly resilient and robust solution for our clients.”

The overall scheme is a 25-year PFI contract with the council which includes anaerobic digestion to process 40,000 tonnes of food waste, and gasification to provide 3.5MWe energy to the national grid, enough to power up to 8,000 homes.

The £91m scheme was originally approved in 2012 but was amended following public pressure on the council. Construction is expected to last more than two years.

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