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September 21, 2018by stortec

Minworth Sewage Treatment site services more than 1.7 million people in the Birmingham and Black Country area. Powered entirely by Biogas produced through Anaerobic Digestion at the site itself, a modern solution was required to future-proof the plant for expansion and development. This unique wastewater engineering solution was completed for the sanitation company Stantec.

Dan Jones, Sales Director at Stortec says “Being involved from an early design stage helped ensure that the client and end user had a solution tailored to meet the demands of the site. We adapted the system to accommodate the process requirements enabling the plant to have a flexible approach to their operations”.

As part of the £60 million Thermal Hydrolysis Plant (THP) development the BIODOME® gas holder units provide the site with 9000m³ of biogas storage. The biogas from the site has been utilised as various outputs; providing electrical power to 11,000 homes and gas to heat over 4,000 households.

The THP process works by treating sewage sludge, using heat and pressure in a similar way to a pressure cooker. The treated sludge is then fed into huge digesters which, over time, produce methane rich bio-gas. This gas is then cleaned up and can be injected straight into the national grid for use by local homes and businesses.

Dan Jones added “With the BIODOME® product we see nothing as standard, partnering with our clients at an early stage enables us to fully understand the requirements and offer bespoke solutions; the units at Minworth are a key example to the success this achieves”.

The supply contract contained very specific process requirements and operational demands for the gas holders. Not only did the client require 9000m³ of gas storage, linked in a common twin gas holder system but the biogas flow rate required to service the plant also provided a challenge to the system.

Further technical challenges were overcome including the automation of the systems operations ensuring that operations of the plant were not affected during periods of maintenance and service.

With all the challenges that the project faced we are pleased to be part of a successful prestigious scheme that offered a bespoke solution installed efficiently and effectively.

For further details on how we can support your projects contact:

Dan Jones, Sales Director

Tel: 01200 407 507





August 1, 2018by stortec

Stortec have invested in to Ireland opening an office in Enfield, County Meath with Business Development Director Paul McCarthy who has been working in the tank and Biodome Gas Storage business for over 20 years.

Stortec are specialist sub-contractors in new design and build installations but also target the development of a partnering approach with Irish Water and their Tier 1 delivery suppliers. Continued asset management and economic future storage solutions are driving the business plan for Stortec in Ireland.

Stortec commence work on the Huntsman project in Dublin and on a food site in Northern Ireland in August.

The aim is for the Irish business to develop its own installation and management team resources and work in partnership with the UK office.

June 13, 2018by stortec

STORTEC Engineering Ltd is looking for personnel to assist with the engineering and detailing of our range of bulk liquid and gas storage products.

  1. Trainee CAD Draughtsperson
    This junior role would suit a college leaver who has gained a qualification in a mechanical engineering subject.  The candidate should ideally have been exposed to 3D CAD modelling during their studies.  We will train the successful candidate to work with SolidWorks 3D CAD to develop engineering models and drawings for our range of storage systems and structures.
  2. CAD Draughtsperson
    The ideal candidate for this intermediate position would hold an HNC or HND in a mechanical engineering subject, and have two years’ experience of the use of Solidworks 3D CAD system within a steel fabrication and/or construction industry environment.  The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of steel fabrication materials and techniques.  They should be able to follow instructions and procedures, and will be encouraged to develop their abilities to work under their own initiative.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate proficient use of the CAD environment.  The role will involve working across multiple projects at various stages of the delivery cycle.  We will provide product training to the successful candidate.

Please apply with CV and hand-written covering letter to:
HR Department, STORTEC Engineering Ltd, Unit 15, Deanfield Drive, Link 59 Business Park, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1QJ


April 20, 2018by stortec

The industry-leading liquid and biogas solutions provider has finalised a formal takeover of specialist contractor Kirk Environmental Assets.

Stortec was founded in February 2018 by an industry leading management team, who have more than 150 years’ combined experience in the wastewater and biogas industry. The team understands the needs of the industry more than most so Stortec’s takeover now gives Kirk Environmental’s clients security as they progress the services of Stortec over the coming months.

Stortec will be utilising the ‘partnered approach’ of developing relationships with its clients to deliver bespoke solutions to the unique challenges of water, wastewater and biogas engineering. This offers clients improved asset management, purchasing and maintenance to enhance projects effectively and efficiently.

Biodome’s double-membrane gas holder technology is world-renowned and adds further kudos to the Stortec team’s already sterling reputation as industry leaders. Stortec’s designers work closely with clients and leading suppliers from the supply chain to innovate and provide products that are truly future-proof.

With an order book already topping £5 million and a highly experienced team of 15 already recruited, Stortec’s takeover of Kirk Environmental is forecasted to create 35 jobs in 2018 alone.

Founder and Managing Director Gary Little said:

“The takeover of Kirk Environmental proves our dedication to improving and developing the liquid and biogas industry globally, beginning with acquiring businesses who require our expertise here in the UK on our own doorstep. Our highly experienced team has been actively working in the liquid and biogas storage industry for a combined 150 years and we are excited to bring £5 million of immediate business, jobs for skilled people, top investors and our leading expertise to the North West immediately – with a rapid growth plan that will see us reaching £15 million revenue by 2021.”

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