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Securing efficient energy supplies at a reasonable price and optimising production processes are the imperatives driving development in the energy and resources sectors. We deliver solutions that boost efficiency, drive sustainability and improve competitiveness.

We support clients with everything from strategic advice to feasibility, outline and detailed design, as well as asset management and optimisation of operating plants and equipment.

With our considerable experience in delivering landmark energy, waste and industrial projects in the UK, GHD offers a broad range of services to meet your needs. Whether you seek to explore the feasibility of your project, improve performance, expand your existing operations or develop new ones, we can help.

Our power teams are skilled in applying traditional engineering problem-solving to wider issues associated with: developing, interpreting and shaping energy policy; market regulation; project finance; and successful asset development, design, delivery and management. We can readily pull together project teams with diverse capabilities to meet your needs. We believe this combination of technical, economic and environmental skills is increasingly important as the market continues to evolve.

Many of our industrial clients are in the business of processing, refining, handling, manufacturing or treating petrochemicals, gases, water, waste, bulk materials, minerals, food products or manufactured products for use in other processes or for sale to others. We can help if you are looking to expand your business, increase production, reduce bottlenecks, manufacture new products, improve efficiency and reliability, upgrade to new technologies, or refurbish or repair your plant.

Our waste experience includes municipal, commercial, industrial and hazardous streams. We are able to offer a true multidisciplinary engineering service and can provide advice relating to waste treatment technology, regulatory approvals, process safety, design concepts, project management and construction methodology.

For further information, contact:

Craig Stockton
T: +44 7802 897095
E: Craig Stockton

Derby and Derbyshire Waste Treatment Facility (Derbyshire, UK)

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GHD was engaged by Interserve Construction as lead designer for this PFI energy-from-waste plant comprising materials receipt, bio-drying, recovery and treatment, odour control, dust control, waste gasification and steam turbine. Our design for the site, buildings and infrastructure is to BIM Level 2 and includes fire detection and protection, noise control, and the integration of process designs for bio-oxidation, mechanical pre-treatment and gasification plant. The new facility will divert up to 98% of residents’ residual waste from landfills whilst also generating enough green electricity to power approximately 14,000 homes.

 

Biodiesel Plant (Cheshire, UK)

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GHD was engaged by Argent Energy to design a new energy plant to process up to 250,000 tonnes of waste fats, oils and greases using a specialist filtration process for the production of biodiesel. The plant, manufactured predominantly in stainless steel, incorporates a reception zone, a main process hall, the DAF plant and a number of large capacity stainless steel storage tanks. We modelled 4.5 km of piping and produced around 1000 fabrication isometrics for 40 high-temperature systems with appropriate engineering design substantiation.

 

Residues Processing Facility (Lancashire, UK)

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GHD designed a new modular pilot scale uranic residues processing stream for highly variable, difficult-to-handle, highly reactive and corrosive material. Over 80 main plant items were fitted within an existing building, including: a drum tipper, powder charge system, crude CuUNL membrane press, cyclic pH membrane press, cubicle extract system, building space heating and ventilation, MCC panel and SCADA software.

 

Nuclear Power Station Cooling Water Supply and Pipework Replacement (Scotland, UK)

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Working for Boulting Nuclear, GHD was engaged to design almost 1km of new above and below ground pipework to replace existing from within the pump house to the reactor building. Ground penetrating radar helped to determine the best route for both externally located HDPE lagged pipework, as well as the glass flaked lined carbon steel pipework inside the cooling water pump house and turbine hall basement. The pipework sat on a complex support system with 3D laser scanning and modelling allowing the suitability of new service runs to be demonstrated within a virtual environment. The project won in the Building Services category at the ACE Engineering Excellence Awards with judges commenting that “this was a mission critical design that ensured the project’s success. It was subject to an extremely complex and unique set of design challenges and demonstrated the positive value of using both BIM and laser technology.”

 

Multiliquids Production Facility

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GHD was engaged by a FMCG company to provide process, mechanical, electrical and structural design including mass / energy balances, batch programming, heat transfer and hydraulic calculations. Works comprised the structural design of access and support steel, vessel design to PD5500, piping specifications, data sheets, P&IDs and functional design specification for software coding. This hygienic multiliquids process plant was designed in small modules for rapid international deployment in standard ISO shipping containers.

 

Quarry Bank Mill Hydro Electric Power Scheme and Fish Pass (Cheshire, UK)

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GHD was engaged by contractor Askam Construction to design this hydroelectric and fish pass project at Quarry Bank’s historic weir on the River Bollin, enabling the mill to generate a significant amount of renewable energy whilst improving fish passage over the weir. The work also helps the National Trust to achieve its strategy to fulfil 50% of its energy needs through the generation of its own power by 2020.

 

Project Neighbourhood (Cheshire, UK)

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GHD was engaged by Ecolab, following its merger with Nalco, to design a facility extension to support a quadrupling in site tonnage at its Northwich site, enabling the closure of Ecolab’s aging Cheadle factory. This was achieved by removing redundant equipment in three old processing areas and a warehouse to make space for new equipment to fit tightly around existing plant and services.

 

Reactor Sea Water Pipework Replacement (Lancashire, UK)

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GHD was engaged by Boulting Nuclear to design replacement for reactor sea water supply and discharge pipework using high density polyethylene pipe, and replacement for lined carbon steel pipework in the pump house and reactor building, also using HDPE.

 

Stanlow Oil Refinery - Gas Conversion (Cheshire, UK)

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GHD was engaged by Essar Oil (UK) to design a 100 m long natural gas feed system from the supply point on the site natural gas system to the medium pressure boiler plant. Design work incorporated significant control changes to boiler operations and pipework instrumentation design in a petrochemical environment, all meeting the exacting standards of Shell, which Essar operate to. We led HAZOP and CDM processes, and were required to consider explosive atmosphere and Safety Integrity Level legislation. We used laser scanning technology and 3D modelling to identify pipework routes.

 

Stoke Bardolph STW Energy Crop Anaerobic Digestion Plant (Nottinghamshire, UK)

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GHD carried out civil and structural design for contractor Interserve on this 2 MW energy crop digestion and CHP plant on land adjacent to a Severn Trent Water sewage treatment works. The project provides power generation from bio solids which are used as an agro fertilizer to grow maize. The plant comprises 10,000 m² of silage clamps, milling and fermentation followed by digestion with the biogas being used to power the CHP plant. Power generated is used to supply the adjoining sewage treatment works, with any surplus being fed into the National Grid network. Stoke Bardolph is the first large scale CHP plant in the UK which is powered from maize energy crops.

 

Bridgnorth Integrated Waste Management Facility (Shropshire, UK)

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As part of Veolia’s Shropshire Waste PFI contract, GHD was engaged by Dew Construction as lead designer for this integrated waste management facility. It comprised a waste transfer station, household recycling centre, waste collection depot (comprising refuse collection vehicle parking, warehousing, and offices) and associated infrastructure. Structural works included lowering the internal slab by 1 m and foundations for new process equipment and tanks, together with new push walls, hard standings, canopies and door openings.

 

Nuclear Power Station Auxiliary Boiler Hardening Project (Scotland, UK)

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GHD was engaged on a refurbishment project for auxiliary boiler plant, improving the condition of existing equipment and introducing four Cochran Containerised Boilerhouses containing the steam boiler, hotwell tank, water softener, chemical dosing, blowdown vessel and interconnecting pipework and valves. GHD undertook the detailed civil, structural and mechanical design, together with electrical power and control systems to operate the steam supply plant, with all design work completed in 3D. We used CAESAR II and Strand finite element design software, incorporating ground motion acceleration for a 1 in 10,000 year seismic event. Our cost effective solutions simplified foundation construction to allow rapid site installation to limit associated downtime.

 

Asset Management
Asset Management
Chemicals
Chemicals
Contamination Assessment & Remediation
Contamination Assessment & Remediation
Design Documentation
Design Documentation
Electrical Engineering – Industrial
Electrical Engineering – Industrial
Geotechnical
Geotechnical
Impact Assessment & Permitting
Impact Assessment & Permitting
Industrial Water & Waste Management
Industrial Water and Waste Management
Instrumentation & Control
Instrumentation & Control
Integrated Water Management
Integrated Water Management
Materials Handling
Materials Handling
Oil & Gas
Hydrocarbons
Plant Engineering
Plant Engineering
Power Delivery
Power Delivery
Power Generation
Power Generation
Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy
Risk
Risk
Structures
Structures
Tunnels
Tunnels
Waste Management
Waste Management

Craig Stockton

Craig Stockton

Craig is a Chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With over 20 years’ process industry experience his strengths lie in front-end design, plant layout, value engineering and ‘buildability’. Craig is responsible for a team of multi-disciplined engineers and in-house implementation of technology accelerators such as laser scanning and 3D modelling.

Operating Centre Manager – United Kingdom
T:
+44 7802 897095
E: Craig Stockton

Tom Foley

Tom Foley

Tom is a Chartered mechanical engineer and a highly experienced consultant providing advice to public and private sectors including regulatory authorities, utilities, independent power producer project developers, merchant banks, lending agencies and law firms. Tom’s expertise includes:

  • Power sector technical and commercial due diligence
  • Financial analysis and modelling
  • Electricity markets analysis and advice
  • Utility management, regulatory and market advice
  • Field services operational management

Operations Director – Newcastle Office
T:
+44 20 3077 7900
E: Tom Foley

2014

  • Quarry Bank Mill Hydropower and Fish Pass Scheme, Institution of Civil Engineers North West Awards – Winner, Small Project

2013

  • Hunterston Power Station, Association for Consultancy & Engineering Excellence Awards, Winner – Building Services

2010

  • Reactor Sea Water Pipework Replacement, Association for Consultancy & Engineering Excellence Awards, Winner – Building Services