Fire-Resistant Solution for Ferrybridge Project

Pensher Skytech has recently completed a project for Hitachi Zosen Inova AG in Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire.

Following on from the successful completion of the first energy-from-waste plant in Ferrybridge, Hitachi Zosen Inova AG has been awarded the construction contract for a second facility – Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2).



Learning of Pensher Skytech’s recent completion of the Buckinghamshire EFW facility, Hitachi Zosen Inova approached Pensher Skytech with a requirement for a bespoke projecting fire resistant glazed screen. The screen was needed to protect operatives in the overlooking control room whilst maintaining visibility of operations in the event of a fire (see 5 on the diagram).

The design, manufacture and installation of projecting structural steelwork to support the fire-resistant screen, as well as an enclosed ladder, landing platform, and ring beam with suspended maintenance basket was also undertaken by Pensher Skytech to facilitate cleaning and maintenance of the screen.

The supporting steel work was supplied with a specialist intumescent paint applied in house, with the overall solution providing 60/0 integrity only fire protection.

MPI of all welds has been carried out in house. We have also load tested the basket in accordance with DnV 2.22 Standard for Certification. Load testing was carried out in house by one of our sister companies, PJ Engineering who have a site in South Shields. The basket was loaded with weights to a weight of 500Kg (including the basket weight), held for 5 minutes and then loaded to 2 x the SWL (Safe Working Load) to 1000Kg and held for a further 5 minutes. The basket has then had post load test MPI carried out to check for defects after load test.



Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL) is a £300 million energy-from-waste multifuel plant owned by SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies. Using a range of fuel sources including waste wood, Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 is able to treat up to 675,000 tonnes of waste derived fuels each year to create electricity and heat. This makes the plant able to produce enough energy to power around 160,000 homes.


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