Major CHP system for Cranswick’s Preston processing site

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Major CHP system for Cranswick’s Preston processing site
Courtesy of Cranswick

Cranswick, the listed Hull-based food supplier, has partnered with BasePower, a supplier of on-site power plants, for a major energy project at its site in Preston.

Cranswick Country Foods in Hull is the company’s biggest site, producing fresh pork products and processing over 6,500 pigs per day.

To support a number of improvement projects at the site, Cranswick wanted to make its energy infrastructure more competitive and sustainable.

BasePower will develop, install and operate a 2.0MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system, producing low-carbon electricity, steam and hot water for use in the site’s manufacturing process.

The scheme also includes the upgrade of other heat infrastructure to maximise energy efficiency in the sterilisation and sanitisation processes.

BasePower has provided the full investment for the CHP system under a 9 year Power Purchase Agreement and will construct and operate the CHP throughout its life. The installation is already underway, with switch-on expected in late Summer 2018.

“In an environment of rising power costs this will further improve our energy efficiency, helping to keep Cranswick at the cutting edge of cost competitiveness and reducing our environmental impact,” said Darren Andrew, Site Director of Cranswick Country Foods.