APAC: China’s CMEC invests in two UK EfW projects  

08 February 2018 - 12:00 am UTC

China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) plans to invest in two energy-from-waste (EfW) projects in Britain, in its first venture into European renewables.  

The state-owned engineering giant signed an MOU with Glasgow-based NPL Group to co-develop the integrated waste management facility (IWMF) projects, according to a company statement yesterday (7 February). 

Both plants are designed to treat 400,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per annum with a capacity of 38MW.

The Avondale EfW project will be located in the Avondale Quarry area of Falkirk, a town of 35,000 in the Central Lowlands of Scotland. The Hillhouse EfW project is to be based in Hillhouse International Enterprise Zone, which was a launched in 2016 to host chemical, advanced plastics and advanced manufacturing companies in Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire.

The deal will see CMEC buy a substantial stake in the projects each and act as an EPC contractor for their construction. It marked the Beijing-based contractor’s maiden investment in Europe’s renewable sector.  

“With the two projects, we want to strengthen our long-term partnership with NPL in exploring opportunities in UK’s power sector,” said CMEC chairman Zhang Chun said in Beijing. 

The pair have been in partnership discussions for over two years. In October last year, CMEC signed a deal with NPL’s unit Wyre Power to co-develop a 900MW gas power station on the Hillhouse Enterprise Zone. The project requires an investment of about GBP 500m (USD 694m), according to the Wyre Council website.

Hong Kong-listed CMEC operates in 150 countries with businesses spanning gas, hydro, wind, water, road and telecoms, according to its website.

NPL Group mainly engages in energy and waste management businesses, with units including Bradley Park Waste Management, Whitehead Restoration, Thornton Facility Management and NPL Developments.

Separately, the Chinese company signed a strategic partnership deal this week with Siemens’s power and gas arm to jointly invest in countries along the Belt and Road, an initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping to improve infrastructure links across Eurasia. The pair discussed business opportunities in Britain, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iraq and Kazakhstan. 

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