Major carbon-cutting project launched at Huntsman’s Wilton chemical manufacturing plant

  • SDCL-managed funds commit capital to energy efficiency project at Huntsman’s Wilton plant
  • Project involves the installation of new boilers and heat-recovery measures
  • The project is expected to lead to an annual reduction in carbon emissions of up to 28,000 tonnes – equivalent to taking 12,750 cars off the road

New steam-raising boilers, compressor technology and other heat-recovery measures will be installed at Huntsman’s plant in Wilton, Redcar. The project is expected to provide the global chemical manufacturer with long-term cost certainty, energy security and resilience.

Upon completion, Huntsman expects to produce 100% of its on-site steam requirements, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by up to 28,000 tonnes per annum – the equivalent of removing 12,750 cars from the road for the life of the project

The project is expected to make the biggest impact of any investment made by the UKEEI fund to date in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reduced per pound of investment.

ENGIE has been appointed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, as well as being awarded the operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the project.

Construction work has commenced with the project scheduled for completion by Summer 2017.

Ed Northam, Head of Investment Banking at GIB, said:

“Many manufacturers continue to rely on low-efficiency boilers to service their energy needs. By investing in new technology, the country’s energy intensive industries can reduce energy wastage. Huntsman is an example to its peers; it has recognised that it can cut costs and help mitigate climate change by making its processes more energy efficient.”

Paul Rawson, UK Divisional CEO for Energy Solutions, ENGIE, said:

“ENGIE are delighted to be working with Huntsman, SDCL and the Green Investment Bank on this innovative new plant. Through the delivery of the design, build and on-going operation and maintenance of the scheme, ENGIE will provide a resilient, cost effective solution which significantly reduces carbon emissions”.

David Maxwell, Investment Director, SDCL, said:

“SDCL are delighted to be working with a world-class team to deliver a major steam generation project to Huntsman. The turnkey solution, which will encompass all elements of the project from design and construction through to the long term operation and maintenance of the plant, will deliver significant cost savings, energy resilience and long-term price certainty to Huntsman. This project demonstrates that energy efficiency is one of the largest and most cost effective sources of greenhouse gas emission reductions.”

Published July 2016

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