Designed and built in Bilbao, Spain, the two Lointek-manufactured boilers travelled more than 700 nautical miles over three days, in a dedicated vessel, to Ellesmere Port docks.
The boilers will form the centrepiece of the new British Salt boiler plant facility, which is currently under construction and scheduled to become operational in the spring.
Weighing over 90 tonnes each, the 12-metre long, 6.2-metre wide boilers look futuristic in contrast to their 50-year-old predecessors, which are now approaching the end of their working life.
Not only will the new boilers present improved operational capabilities and reliability, they will also comply with the Industrial Emissions Directive and will utilise the best available technology, producing less than half the NOx emissions of the current boilers.
Energy efficiency Their installation will help to future-proof the Middlewich site and ensure reduced carbon footprint and energy efficiency.
“We are delighted to take delivery of the new boilers at our British Salt HQ. This very special delivery is the culmination of more than a year of planning,”said projects director Ladan Iravanian.
“The three hours’ journey from the Ellesmere Port dockside to Middlewich required military precision by all involved, including transport and logistics specialists Mammoet. Our thanks go to all concerned for ensuring that the operation at the weekend was hitch-free.”
The new British Salt boiler plant represents the largest single investment in the company since its inception in 1969.
British Salt recently urged UK manufacturers to consider using salt fortified with iodine to help boost national intakes.