Port of Tyne Renewable Fuels Terminal - Spencer Group

Port of Tyne Renewable Fuels Terminal

Executive summary

This renewable fuel terminal project involved the design and build of import facilities, wood pellet storage and rail loading facilities for biomass.

Facts and figures

  • • Time critical delivery
  • • Drainage, paving and site wide infrastructure works
  • • 200m of transit conveyor structures

Key disciplines

  • • Outline and detailed design
  • • Temporary and permanent works
  • • Civil
  • • Structural
  • • 3D and 4D modelling
  • • Conveying systems
  • • Fire detection and suppression systems
  • • Silos

An essential link to a major energy project:

The facility was designed to service Drax Power Station by rail with biomass product.  Receiving road deliveries, the facility provided storage to house 130,000m3 of product and capability for mechanical rail loading – whilst the trains are moving – for onward dispatch.  The scheme involved bespoke mechanical feed loading hoppers, fuel monitoring systems, mechanical handling conveying and screening and a rail load out facility.

Outstanding results:

Spencer achieved a compliant 97% wagon fill by volume and optimised storage building design to satisfy product storage, operational requirements and fuel monitoring.

The final storage building was 150m x 75m x 20m and the rail loading storage silo had a 2000m3 capacity which was capable of being filled at 400TPH and discharging 1150t in approximately 30 minutes.