Fulcrum supports UK net-zero ambitions with food waste recycling plant project

7 Sep 2020

Fulcrum is supporting a major new renewable energy project with the installation of a 2.3km gas main, which will power an expanding food waste recycling facility, complementing its existing electricity supply.

Secured through its client, energy consultant Excel Utilities, the contract will provide a new gas supply to the site, which is owned and operated by Brocklesby.

Located in East Yorkshire, the facility currently features a 1000 square metre bulk storage facility, a cooking oil recycling plant and a food recycling and anaerobic digestion plant. 

As one of the largest suppliers of biodiesel feedstock, Brocklesby currently recycles in excess of 1000 tonnes of product every week with plans in place to increase its capacity.  The facility is currently undergoing a significant expansion and increasing its recycling capabilities.

With the gas main planned to be live in mid-December, Fulcrum has utilised its experienced team to ensure a programme is in place to deliver the project to meet the short timescale.   Its engineers will be mobilised shortly to begin the first stages of the work, which will take the gas main from the network connection to the site.

Terry Dugdale, Group COO at Fulcrum, said: “Supporting the renewable energy industry is a key pillar of our strategy to support the UK in its net-zero revolution.  Brocklesby’s innovative approach to food waste recycling supports the drive towards a low carbon, circular economy and the expansion of its plant will increase the production of biofuels and energy generation.”

“We have worked closely with Brocklesby and Excel Utilities to devise a programme to ensure this project can be delivered to a short timescale.  It is testament to the expertise and experience we have within our agile team, which is able to respond to project challenges and deliver effective solutions for our customers.”

Robert Brocklesby, owner Brocklesby Ltd: “We’re currently in the process of increasing our recycling capacity, which requires a reliable and consistent supply of gas power. This new gas main will be integral to our operations and Fulcrum has been incredibly responsive to our requirements, providing a solution to fit our wider development plans. We’ve been really impressed with the team and the efforts of Excel Utilities in helping us with our ambitious programme of works.”

Rob McKenzie, managing director Excel Utilities, said: “We had no hesitation in recommending Fulcrum as the infrastructure provider to install the new gas pipeline, ensuring the project is delivered on budget and the gas is switched on to Brocklesby’s new upgraded facility on time later this year. It was clear right from the start of our discussions with the Fulcrum team they fully understood the scope of works required and were willing to be flexible in their approach to meet both our and Brocklesby’s requirements.”