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WSP to build 'Supergreen' power station

Consultant WPS has entered a business deal with fuel cell providor AFC to build a ‘SuperGreen’ power station.

WSP would provide engineering, procurement and construction management to the project, which would be a full-scale fuel cell demonstration plant. The two companies have an existing relationship in Australia, where they collaborated on the ‘Chinchilla’ coal gasification project near Brisbane.

Managing Director of Global Operations for WSP Environment & Energy, Stuart McLachlan, said: “WSP is an organisation that prides itself as being innovative and supporting initiatives that are at the cutting edge of renewables technology and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting project.

“We have worked indirectly with AFC Energy via Waste2Tricity for over a year and we can see the potential of AFC’s fuel cells in a number of markets and believe it could play a role in not only enabling us to flex into a low carbon future, but as being one of the emerging technologies that can fill the looming energy gap.”

Both WSP Environment and Energy and CEL International are part of the WSP Group plc (LSE: WSH). AFC Energy and WSP Group had previously announced on 7th January 2010 their intention to work together on a SuperGreen Power Station, a showcase demonstration of the Company’s fuel cell.

AFC Energy, Chief Executive, Ian Balchin, said: “This is a significant relationship for AFC Energy. Our technology is progressing rapidly towards commercialisation with an array of deployment opportunities now in place with Akzo Nobel, Ineos Chlor Vinyl, Linc Energy, Centrica and Waste2Tricity. The relationship with WSP Group provides the operational deployment resource to enable the technology to be physically delivered to the end user, efficiently and quickly.”

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