Energy News – August 2016

9th September 2016

We have recently taken delivery of the first components for the new belt dryer that is being installed at the biomass plant site in Widnes. Stobart Rail is working alongside teams from Swiss Combi and Willems Baling Equipment, the dryer will take the heat from the biomass plant with a forward temperature of 85°C and a return temperature of 35°C. Hot commissioning for the operation is due to start in early November 2016.


Work has started on the old Rehau site which is to become the new wood processing facility in Widnes. The area will be used to process 150,000 tonnes of waste wood for delivery to the Mersey BioEnergy CHP plant in Widnes. Some of the existing buildings are to be demolished to provide a laydown area for unprocessed waste wood that will be sourced in the North West and then chipped to the required specification for delivery to the plant boiler. Construction of the first building has commenced and the demolition is programmed to be finished within the next eight weeks.


The majority of the Chelford-based staff have now been relocated to the Foundry Lane office in Widnes. This also included the removal of the large porta cabin, which was uplifted in two sections and transported on a low-loader to be rebuilt in Widnes.


Unfortunately, we are saying goodbye to two long-standing members of staff, Merv Jackson (right) and Alan Russell (left), who have over 54 years’ service between them. Both have been based at the Chelford office since joining the haulage business. We wish them both the very best for the future and would like to thank them for all their hard work and commitment.