With its impressive in-house expertise, coupled with the extensive support it is able to draw from its parent company’s resources around the world, Bouygues Energies & Services has the capabilities to tackle projects that many others simply wouldn’t be able to. A prime example is the company’s current involvement in a £83m contract to build and operate a waste-to-energy gasification plant in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
“We have multi-disciplinary design consultancy expertise in-house that allow us to work on the more high-perceived risk projects and our skills are certainly being put to the test at the Hoddesdon development,” explains Zeb Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director. “Basically the capital value for the actual construction is circa £50m and then we have a ten-year O&M contract as well worth about £33m, making it an approximately £83m contract overall.
“Bouygues Energies & Services is part of the global construction group, Bouygues Construction, which operates in 80 countries with a turnover of 11.7bn Euros in 2014. Operating in the United Kingdom for around 20 years, the Group has progressively grown its businesses in the sectors of property development (Bouygues Development), building (Bouygues UK), civil works (Bouygues Travaux Publics) and energy and services (Bouygues Energies & Services). Bouygues Energies & Services provide high-tech design and build solutions to a range of advanced technology markets. Whether it’s ‘first of its kind’ technology, a new product or a new system; we’ve got the capabilities to take on the project.”
The Hoddesdon contract once again confirms Bouygues Energies & Services’ capacity to deliver large, complex industrial projects in the energy infrastructure sector.
“We will carry out the design and build, as well as operating and maintaining the development longer term,” adds Mr Ahmed. “The construction duration is 28 months because the project needs to comply with the ROC (Renewable Obligation Certificates) where the Government incentivises the price for green power. The project therefore needs to be up and running within a 28-month period, if not before.
“We have multi-disciplinary design consultancy expertise in-house that allow us to work on the more high-perceived risk projects and our skills are certainly being put to the test at the Hoddesdon development. Basically the capital value for the actual construction is circa £50m and then we have a ten-year O&M contract as well worth about £33m, making it an approximately £83m contract overall.”
Zeb Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director
“It’s all very testing but we have the capabilities to design and build in-house to rise to these challenges rather than having to get various design consultants involved. We’re also fortunate that we can draw on the resources of the wider group globally and we have various centres of excellence that look at power and energy that we have access to. The group is also very proactive in terms of research, development and innovation. The projects we carry out therefore line-up very well with the strategic objectives of our parent group. As a French company the ethos is very much around building synergies and maximising the benefits of that approach. You never really feel like a subsidiary, more like an integral part of the overall group. This provides a great deal of confidence and comfort when you’re trying to deliver projects of a challenging nature.”
The Hoddesdon gasification plant will generate 41.6 MW thermal, which, once converted through a steam turbine generator, will deliver 10 MWe. This represents a yearly net export of green electricity to the grid of 76,000 MWh, which is enough to meet the average annual demand of 7,000 homes.
Bouygues Energies & Services will be responsible for the engineering and construction of this 10 MWe facility and procurement of equipment, followed by operation and maintenance for a period of ten years.
It will be the largest waste-to-energy gasification plant in the UK and more than 90,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel sourced from local commercial and industrial sectors will be supplied by waste contractors Biffa and Powerday.
Bouygues Energies & Services will provide a turnkey solution based on proven technology developed by Stafford-based Biomass Power Ltd. Rolton Group is acting as engineer to Bouygues Energies & Services.
Site works began in July and handover is scheduled for 2017.