Kees Sinke was the project manager of Empyro and has been responsible for the construction and installation of the plant. Early December 2014 he handed over the finished installation to plant manager Martin Risseeuw.
What is your role in this project?
Since 10 years I work as independent project manager. Most of the projects I oversee are in the (renewable) energy sector. Besides supervising the Empyro plant construction, I am also involved in the installation of a district heating plant in Nijmegen and a waste incineration plant in Harlingen. My involvement in the Empyro project dates back to 2010. My focus within the project has been the construction process, which started with laying foundations in April 2014. This month I handed over the project to the plant manager, who will start-up and operate the installation.
How is the Empyro project different from the other projects you managed?
This Empyro project applies innovative state-of-the-art technology. Furthermore what sets this project apart is the skid mounted, modular construction approach. The complete pyrolysis installation has been engineered, assembled and largely tested at the Zeton workshop in Enschede. Then it was disassembled into seperate skids, transported and re-assembled at the construction site in Hengelo. Such modular approach has made on site plant construction an incredibly smooth and swift process. Everything fits perfectly because it was already mounted and made to fit in the workshop. This is truly unique. This approach allows other companies to order this installation and place it anywhere in the world.
What has been your biggest challenge in this project?
The major challenge has been the large number of contractors and suppliers. The construction of the Empyro plant was not organised as a turn-key project, so we had to coordinate many parties. This requires a lot of effort by the project manager in coordination and interface management. How all the parties collaborate is what makes or breaks a project. My role has been to create the conditions for the collaboration, to monitor progress and to remove any bottlenecks that occurred. This went exceedingly well, a truly outstanding performance of all people involved, on all fronts of the project.
What does the future hold for BTG-BTL and Empyro?
I believe BTG-BTL has developed a unique product that contributes to a more sustainable environment. It is one step forward in decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels. The product and the process are unique and offer plenty of opportunity towards the future. Definitely also because of the skid mounted approach, which makes the plant suitable for delivery and installation anywhere in the world.
Being a part of this project has been a wonderful experience for me.