Stopford has been engaged by a large UK Water Company to conduct HAZOP’s, to develop Operating Procedures, to execute detailed design of safety critical instrumented systems, and to carry out process troubleshooting across its biogas asset base.
Stopford has developed a new Innovation Centre, in Ellesmere Port, to house its expanding R&D and training portfolio. The facility, spanning training rooms, laboratories and office space, will also serve as a UK hub to facilitate global business activity though the provision of bespoke training and technology demonstration to overseas delegations.
Stopford has just finished the delivery of Modules 1 & 2 of its flagship Energy from Fuels and Waste course that is delivered in partnership with Lancaster University. The CIWM accredited course which comprises site visits to a number of operational plants (AD, gasification, WWTW, MRF) and presentations from leading industry practitioners, was said to be “hugely insightful, excellent and interesting”. Stopford would therefore like to thank all of its partners that contribute to the delivery of this market leading course.
Stopford Asia Pacific, a Hong Kong based subsidiary, has been established to facilitate Stopford’s business activities in China. The joint venture company will be the vehicle for project development in China and also the company through which Stopford’s UK consulting and training solutions will be delivered into the region. Stopford Asia Pacific will focus on the delivery of technology driven solutions across the energy from waste, commodity recovery and remediation sectors.
Stopford has been awarded a contract to carry out the front end engineering and detailed design for an aviation fuel terminal & hydrant system in Doha. The facility is being designed to meet the demands of the 2022 World Cup and also to meet Qatar’s future aspirations as a major hub for global travel.
Stopford’s Renewable Energy Technologist, Chris Lupa, has graduated from Lancaster University with a PhD in Energy from Waste. Chris’ thesis was entitled “Advanced Thermal Treatment for the Generation of Energy from Mixed Waste Materials”. Chris’ PhD was sponsored by Stopford and he was co-supervised by Stopford’s Director for Research and Environment, Dr. Ben Herbert. Stopford would like to congratulate Chris on this momentous achievement.
Stopford has been appointed as Owners Engineer on a £145M waste to ethanol project in the UK.
Stopford Awarded 12 Month R&D Project
Stopford has been awarded a 12-month R&D project to develop a novel torrefaction process for the conversion of biomass into “green coal”. Torrefaction is a process that serves to increase the energy density of biomass, whilst providing a hydrophobic coating to the material to enhance transport and storage properties. Torrefied biomass will present a unique opportunity meet the supply requirements for the UK’s emerging biomass to energy industry.
Centre for Global Eco-innovation Launch Event
Stopford recently exhibited at the launch event for the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) held in Manchester on the 4th of March. The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is the only centre of its kind in Europe; it brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool. At the heart of the centre is a team of 50 graduates working on collaborative research and development projects with business, of which one is being delivered in partnership with Stopford. Stopford’s three year PhD project, lead by Michael Fagbohungbe, will seek to optimise the anaerobic digestion process for specific industrial waste streams, enabling enhanced biogas yields and renewable energy generation.
Stopford recently hosted a delegation of visitors from Quebec at their Offices in Ellesmere Port. The delegates were participating in a trade mission organised by the UKTI and ESKTN to demonstrate UK opportunities within the energy from waste sector. Stopford presented their portfolio of R&D projects in the waste to energy arena as well as showcasing some of their commercial scale biomass and waste to energy projects.
RO Preliminary Accreditation
Stopford has recently achieved preliminary accreditation under the Renewable Obligation Order from Ofgem on behalf of a client.
Stopford actively encourages its staff to undertake CPD training to further develop their experience and skill sets. We would like to congratulation the following staff who have gained qualifications and certificates. · John Valavanis – ISO 9001 Quality Management Training Course
· Chris Butler and Chris Betteridge – Primavera Training P102 Course
· Alex Damian – Eurocode Training Course
· Ellyse Maddocks & Alex Damian – City & Guilds Project Control Course
Lois Ricketts – MRes in Science of the Environment
Lois Ricketts, Stopford’s Research and Waste consultant graduated this week from Lancaster University with a Masters by Research (MRes) in Science of the Environment. Supported by Stopford, Lois studied for the degree part-time over the last two years, taking modules in environmental management, statistics and data analysis, and waste to energy. She completed her research project titled “Biomass ash as a fertiliser for agricultural crops; Preliminary Trials, supervised by Dr. Ian Dodd at the Lancaster Environment Centre. Congratulations to Lois!
UKTI Advanced Engineering Showcase
Stopford Projects recently exhibited at the UKTI Advanced Engineering Showcase event in Abu Dhabi. The purpose of the event was to promote UK expertise in the field of Advanced Engineering, including how it positively impacts on other sectors through its R&D programmes. Other invited companies exhibiting included BAE Systems, Etihad, McLaren and Rolls Royce. The event provided the ideal platform for Stopford to promote its UAE business activities to Emeriti Government Officials, including HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, the Minister for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and local businesses alike.
Stopford and Nexterra Sign Alliance Agreement
Stopford and Nexterra have formed a strategic alliance to develop and market Nexterra’s energy-from-renewable-waste gasification systems in the UK. Please click here to find out more.
Stopford’s 30th Birthday
Stopford is currently celebrating its 30th Birthday. The company has been established since 1982 and has been delivering expert engineering services ever since.
“The Stopford team and I would like to thank all of our clients and colleagues in this birthday year and we look forward to working with all of you again in the next 30 years.”
Prith Rajendran, Managing Director 2012 sees Stopford Projects celebrate its 30th Anniversary In the 30 years that Stopford has been established, it has achieved a significant amount as a company. From starting out as a single office in Stockport, Stopford now has four offices in the UK and operates in numerous global markets. Although staff numbers have increased from ten at the very beginning to in excess of 100 today, Stopford maintains its personable and flexible approach to projects and delivery. Stopford was officially formed in 1982 by John Rouse, the founder. John named the company after a visit to a local pub in Cheadle Hulme, situated near to Stockport. Whilst having a drink he was inspired by a map on the wall featuring Stockport, which was labelled with the old name for the city, Stopford, and so Stopford Projects was born. In the early days Stopford provided engineering design services to what was then ICI and Shell at Stanlow Refinery, but over the years the company has evolved into the engineering design and project management consultancy that exists today. The company has established its name through delivery of detailed engineering projects for some of the major pharmaceutical, bulk chemical and oil and gas companies around the world. In recent years the company has advanced significantly in the oil and gas sectors providing expert engineering consultancy for the many fuel storage and distribution needs within the UK and now has an international portfolio of projects. Stopford has also developed comprehensive expertise in the waste to energy and environment sectors.
Stopford’s Dr Sean Hayward presented at Sustainability Live at the NEC on 24th of May.
Sean presented on the financial incentives available for the generation of heat and power from waste biomass. To view Sean’s presentation please click here
Stopford awarded plant design for metal recycling system
Stopford have been working with a major recycling company to develop a process and plant design for the recovery of metals from selected waste streams. Having successfully completed a FEED study Stopford have been awarded a contract to build a medium size plant to enable process optimisation and small scale manufacture to be performed. Commissioning of this plant is due to commence in Q4 2012.
Stopford Awarded Major Fuel Terminals Design for Ghana
Stopford has signed a contract with Woodfields Energy Resources and Cirrus Oil Services to undertake the engineering design of two fuel storage and distribution terminals in Ghana. The main terminal is to be built in Tema incorporating storage capacity for gasoline, AGO, aviation fuel and LPG. The second terminal is for aviation fuel at Accra International Airport. Stopford are developing the engineering design from previous FEED studies to detailed design for EPC implementation.
Stopford Awarded Technology Strategy Board Project
The UK Government is to provide grant funding totalling nearly £3M to four collaborative projects that will develop and demonstrate technologies to tackle CO2 emissions and Stopford will be leading one of the projects. To find out more information click here.
Following on from Stopford’s winning submission in the category of ‘Structural Engineering’ – the annual Bentley Yearbook ‘The Year in Infrastructure’ is now available to order, you can view the yearbook here (we’re on page 166). We are also delighted to annouce the $1000 charity donation went to Save the Children.