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The plant is expected to be operational early next year

Hawkins appointed to Tata’s £17m carbon plant

Dan Whelan

The Skelmersdale-based contractor is to deliver a 40,000 sq ft carbon capture plant for Tata Chemicals Europe in Northwich, where ground works are already underway. 

The plant, expected to open in early 2021, will be constructed on a 1.8-acre plot at Tata’s Winnington Works site and is designed to remove carbon dioxide from the company’s emissions. 

The gas would then be purified and liquefied for use in the manufacture of sodium bicarbonate. 

The Winnington site operated by Tata Chemicals, a subsidiary of the Indian steel conglomerate, is the largest single user of carbon dioxide in the UK, and the plant is set to capture emissions equivalent to 22,000 cars being taken off the road, according to Hawkins Construction. 

The contractor will build and project manage the scheme, as well as carrying out remedial work on site and installing processing equipment.

Ben Birchall, commercial director at Hawkins Construction, said: “It is a strategically important project for all stakeholders – for the UK on its pathway to net zero emissions, and for Tata as the company aims to reduce its emissions.

“This project is a major win for Hawkins, as it supports our expansion and demonstrates our ability to deliver clean growth projects.” 

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Wow £17m contract to a £286k net assets contractor, ballsy decision to appoint, but good for them getting it.

By Fidel