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Black & Veatch on board for Chinese-backed £500m Wyre plant

Black & Veatch has been hired by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and Wyre Power to help achieve planning consent for the proposed Wyre Combined Cycle Project.

Black & Veatch is expected to be named EPC contractor on the scheme, which has been reported to be worth around £500m locally.

The EPC contract is expected to be worth several hundred million pounds.

Wyre Power is a subsidiary of developer NPL Group, which has overseen the development of several waste and energy schemes in the UK. 

CMEC was founded in 1978 and is China`s first major engineering and trade company.

Black and Veatch has worked on projects with CMEC worldwide; however, this is their first UK project together.

The engineering firm has delivered several combined cycle gas turbine projects previously (pictured).

Black & Veatch will now provide engineering and planning consultancy services to secure a development consent order application for the 900 MW combined cycle gas turbine scheme, which will be built at Fleetwood in Lancashire.

Black & Veatch director of business development (Europe) Peter Hughes said: “This project forms part of our strategic co-operation agreement with CMEC, using our joint skills and experience to develop new-build power plants around the world.

“This project – which marks our first collaboration with CMEC in the UK – will provide the much needed, modern, flexible CCGT generation capacity that the country’s electricity network requires.” 

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