The FEED gig has gone to a consortium of WSP UK and RJM Corporation Technical Services. The contract is worth £4.9mln and is expected to take around 12 months to complete.
The consortium will deliver the final design specification for the plant, which is being converted from using coal as a fuel to using energy pellets made from non-recyclable waste, after which Atlantis will be able to award the engineering procurement and construct contract sometime in 2019.
"The conversion of Uskmouth from coal to run on waste derived fuel is an exciting project that will provide a new lease of life to the site. It will ensure the UK is ready for a future focused on reduced coal and increased renewable energy generation,” said Brian Sibthorp, director of thermal power plants at WSP.
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John Goldring, RJM's managing director, noted that RJM as been working at the Uskmouth site since July 2015, when plans for the conversion project got underway.
"As a business, we are as committed as SIMEC Atlantis Energy, the operator, to using this project as a blueprint for further conversion of similar plants worldwide to help address the key challenge of how we can treat waste material in an environmentally responsible manner and use it to generate low carbon energy,” Goldring said.