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Siwertell completes delivery and commissioning of ship unloaders in UK

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Siwertell, part of Cargotec, has completed delivery, installation and commissioning of two Siwertell ship unloaders at the port of Immingham, UK. The ABP-owned port will use the unloaders to discharge wood pellets and coal to supply the Drax power station, which is in the process of converting half of its generating units to burn biomass. The type ST790-D screw type unloaders, which are equipped with slewable gantry tail conveyors, will unload the fuel at a rate of 1200 tph.

This is the first Siwertell unloader delivered to the UK for combined coal/biomass handling, but it may be the first of many. "Pressure is building on UK companies to source more of their energy from renewable, low-carbon sources, and we anticipate a much greater demand for biomass used in combination with coal," said Lars-Eric Lundgren, Siwertell’s Regional Sales Manager for Europe. "Biomass in bulk handling has the potential for fire and explosion, so companies will be seeking to minimise those risks when selecting machinery to handle this mix of fuels,” he added. “To ensure safe multi-fuel handling, Siwertell unloaders incorporate safety systems that were originally developed for sulfur handling. Furthermore, the economic benefits of investing in an unloader that can handle both coal and biomass without adjustment should not be underestimated."

ABP selected the Siwertell ship unloaders after seeing them in action at Mersey Docks in Liverpool.

"Our customer was impressed by the conveyor's continuous high capacity, dust-free function and simple operation, even in wind speeds of up to 25 m/s," said Mr Lundgren. "One of ABP's main stipulations was that the level of cargo degradation should not exceed accepted limits. We were able to offer firm assurances on this matter, supported by numerous successful tests carried out by independent surveyors, along with testimonials from satisfied customers."

Adapted from press release by . Image courtesy of Siwertell.

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