Princes food in on-site heat and power upgrade

Food and drink group Princes has completed a £4.5 million (US$7 million) upgrade to the heat and power system and its production site in Wisbeach, in the east of the UK.

The Cambridgeshire site, which produces Crosse & Blackwell soups and Branston baked beans, launched the project in October 2013 that saw the factory’s six coal-fired steam boilers replaced with a waste heat boiler and two dual fuel-fired boilers.

Modifications to the site’s cookers and cooling towers will also see a significant reduction in water use, the company says. A gas engine and generator now produces about half the site’s electrical demand.

Ruth Simpson, Corporate Relations Director, said: ‘These projects will deliver significant environmental and health benefits, with the combined investment helping to improve the performance of the site by reducing CO2 emissions by more than 10,000 tonnes per year; delivering a reduction in water usage of 230 million litres, and reducing the noise emissions for local residents by decreasing the number of articulated lorries that have historically visited the site.’

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