ABSL took delivery today of two moving trailers to transport waste from material recycling facilities to the Swindon demonstration plant. The trailers, manufactured by Legras and leased from Riverside Truck Rental, can each carry enough waste to keep the plant running for 24 hours
The final piece of plant equipment – the plasma converter tap hole drill – was installed this week. Construction will be completed in the next few weeks once the remaining control wiring is tested. ABSL is now focused on commissioning the system and bringing it into operation.
The lid of the plasma converter was reunited with the base over the weekend. In total, the metal lid and refractory lining weigh 22 tonnes. The installation team needed to position it to the millimetre to ensure that the bolts would line up. This called for precision synchronised versalift work.
The refractory lining the plasma furnace is progressing well. The copper coolers have been installed in the furnace base and the lining of the roof is nearly complete. A layer of refractory will be applied to the coolers and the refractory will be cured before the complete furnace is assembled.
ABSL is making good progress on plant construction. Around 40 people are working on site finalising the installation of pipework and cabling. The final pieces of equipment will be delivered to site in February and commissioning will start in April.
ABSL has now appointed all the key contractors required to complete the construction of the world’s first facility to produce grid quality natural gas from household waste.