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Interserve EfW plant handovers due later than expected

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US-based energy-tech firm Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) has revealed three energy from waste (EfW) plants it is building with Interserve will be handed to clients later than expected.

In a statement issued this week, B&W revealed the plants would not be handed to clients by the end of 2018 as had been previously anticipated, but instead handover would take place during the first and second quarters of 2019.

Interserve and B&W signed joint venture agreements to deliver the three plants in Dunbar, Margam and Rotherham in 2015, with Interserve taking charge of the delivery of the plants while B&W lead on the energy generation elements.

B&W chief executive Kenneth Young said: “These four projects are now operational and are in various stages of performance and reliability testing. Based on our continued reviews and discussions with customers, we anticipate turnover of these projects will take place at various times during the first and second quarters of 2019.”

He added: “These four plants have reached active operational status and are generating steam heat and delivering electricity to the grid.”

Reliability and performance-testing must be carried out before the plants can be handed over, B&W have affirmed.

“We are currently making adjustments and modifications to maximize performance for our customers, and a few of the sites are now, or will be, shifting into reliability and performance testing over the next several weeks,” Young said.

The revelation was made after Interserve, in its half-year report released in August, had said that the schemes would be handed over to clients by the close of 2018.

However, the firm did not mention the end of 2018 deadline in its most recent update, in November.

But Interserve has said that it faced further delays on the projects in the third quarter, which it had been penalised for.

A spokesperson for Interserve said: “Interserve continues to make progress on closing out its remaining Energy from Waste projects and the construction of all the projects is now complete.

”All of the plants are now operational, receiving waste, and in the final commissioning phase in readiness for handover.”

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