Skeldon Energy Inc now using firewood for co-gen plant

first_imgWood is now being touted as the main source of fuel to operate the Skeldon Co-generation Plant. Following successful tests of its power steam generation using firewood, SEI is now saying that the firewood can produce more steam for the plant than bagasse. (SEI) reported on Tuesday that it is currently using wood as fuel for the plant.The Skeldon Co-generation plantChairman of SEI, Lloyd Rose, has said efforts are being made to have the Co-gen Plant operate year-round, and not seasonally. As such, fuel will be needed for the plant all year. This means that bagasse alone cannot be used.Late last month, SEI completed a test utilizing firewood chips sourced from within the community. The test revealed a smooth boiler operation, which often contains much higher moisture content.Rose said the test revealed a much more stable and smoother boiler operation than that achieved using bagasse fuel, which often contains much higher moisture content. The successful utilization of other biomass fuel — firewood pro-processed into wood chips, which was demonstrated — with its significantly less moisture content (forty-percent), provided much greater ease of operation for the fuel feed system. There was the absence of frequent blocking of pin-hole grate air-ports normally associated with mud-content embedded in the sugar cane delivered to the factory and the bagasse delivered to boilers.“We are going to have a mixture. There is going to be some bagasse which we will get from the Albion Estate, (and) there is going to be some firewood, as we call it, from the forest. There is going to be a blend of rice husk — and we can only accept a portion of up to about twelve percent — and there is also going to be waste from the sawmills. So we are really seeking no one source or solution; there will be a mixture of all those things with the equivalence being about one to one,” Rose explained.This, he said, means that the same tonnage of bagasse previously used with be equalled with the proposed mixture.Sheldon Energy Inc. aims to utilize a mixed co-generation in the short term, irrespective of sugar production. In spite of anticipated difficulties associated with prolonged use of the severely damaged boilers, the company’s goal is to preserve the productive utilisation of its energy assets, and to avoid their further deterioration and possible vandalism, which could occur if the Co-generation Plant is left idle.Wood that is being used by Skeldon Co-generation plantAccording to Rose, Boiler One has been repaired, and efforts are now being made to carry out remedial repair and maintenance on Boiler Two. When this is done, the two 15MW turbines will be pushed. Boiler One will then be stripped and fully replaced, and when completed, will have the ability to push both turbines, with Boiler Two being a backup.Rose says it should take 18 months to completely effect this plan. Already, the tubes for rebuilding Boiler One have been secured from South Africa at a cost of US$1 million.“We have reached out to the community, and mainly the business community, (which) can act as reliable suppliers. We believe that if we put systems in place, and they take on the responsibility and the contract to undertake (supply), they will employ persons from the community (to do so). Essentially, this project is about creating (employment), but we are not getting involved in that directly; we are getting into a contractual arrangement for the supplying and delivery of the material we need, including the gathering and handling of bagasse that we will get from Albion,” Rose explained.The SEI Chairman said SEI might take on the responsibility of transporting the material which the contractors would source. “It is likely to be cheaper if we do the transporting,” he said.While producing sugar at the Skeldon Factory may no longer be an option, SEI is still hoping to ensure the continued use of the Co-gen Plant, and job creation.In June 2017, the Co-gen Plant was described as a ‘ticking time bomb’ that required US$2.5 million to restart the 30MW bagasse-fuelled component of the facility, and an additional US$17 million in order to fix other deficiencies.The Co-generation Plant was purchased from GuySuCo for an announced price of US$30 million by Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI) – a special purpose company owned by the Government’s holding company, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), and the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma had taken members of the media on a tour of the facility in June 2017. Minister Sharma had said he would be recommending to the Cabinet Counsel of Ministers a full forensic investigation into the facility. However, there has since been no word on that investigation.During the guided tour of the boilers, it was observed that the piping used to circulate the pressurised steam has eroded to a point where it had become a safety hazard and risked an explosion.Speaking to the design of the facility, it was pointed out, too, that the boilers were not even protected from the elements, including the salt air. There is no roof in place.Other visible deficiencies on the boiler were evident at the furnace doors, where the insulation was almost completely burnt out as a result of the heat.last_img read more

Manchester United’s transfer rivals pull out of £131m move

first_img Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song You’re the one LU BEAUTY The Serbian’s performances have now led to clubs enquiring about his price tag and if he could be on the move this summer.Manchester United sounded out Lazio earlier on in June and swiftly ended their pursuit when they found out Milinkovic-Savic would cost £131m.The Old Trafford club deemed that price tag simply too expensive and, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona share that view.Like Manchester United, the Spanish champions touched base with Lazio about Milinkovic-Savic recently. Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup 1 Serbia World Cup star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Latest World Cup news Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Fallon d’Floor Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings NO JOY Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches center_img Good times Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football misery ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? diamond geezer Shy guy SUPERSTITION A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers Pure class Barcelona have followed Manchester United’s lead by also pulling out of the race for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.The midfielder was on fire in Serie A for Lazio last season and finished the campaign with an impressive 12 goals to his name. However, they have since withdrawn their interest after learning the 23-year-old will cost £131m.That has left just Juventus and Real Madrid as the two clubs still fighting to sign the Lazio midfielder this summer.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISH

first_imgA FOOD processing factory borne out of the hard work and dreams of legendary Glencolmcille priest Father James McDyer continues to flourish.An excellent article on Errigal Seafood is in today’s Irish Times.Finance director Alan Mitchell says the company has stayed one step ahead of the recession. You can read the full article here:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0410/1224314564729.html   FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISH was last modified: April 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FATHER MCDYER’S DREAM CONTINUES TO FLOURISHGlencolmkillelast_img read more