Engineering and construction company J Murphy and Sons (Murphy) has been awarded a contract worth more than £57 million by Yorkshire Water for a new energy and recycling facility in Huddersfield.

Murphy will design and build the facility which will include new anaerobic digesters; a new sludge reception plant; sludge thickening plant and storage; CHP and dual fuel boilers; sludge dewatering and lime treatment; cake storage and a new liquor treatment plant.

John Murphy, chief executive at Murphy, said:“We’re delighted to be working with Yorkshire Water on this important project. We are confident that using our ever-growing engineering expertise and working closely with them, we will deliver a solution which provides outstanding value for their customers.

“We pride ourselves on being able deliver solutions that improve peoples’ lives, and look forward to doing just that on this project.”

The new facility is seen as a key strategic investment for Yorkshire Water and is part of its ongoing blueprint to supply safe drinking water and handle wastewater for the five million customers it serves.

Work started this month on the design and is set to be completed in May 2021.

Yorkshire Water’s communications advisor Mark Allsop, said: “This scheme supports our commitment to invest in renewable energy and benefit the environment as we look at ways of reducing carbon emissions.

“Anaerobic digestion is a fantastic technology, heating up sludge to produce a bio-gas which is used to generate electricity. The new facility is expected to be ready to open by mid-2021.”

Earlier this year, Murphy’s took over Carillion’s UK projects with National Grid, following the collapse of the construction giant in January.

Last week (12 September) Yorkshire Water announced a storage tank to protect 27 homes in Goole from flooding had reached a major milestone with a “pizza slice” style lid now lifted into place.

The £6 million project, which began 15 months ago, has seen the construction of an underground storage tank along with new sewers to increase the capacity of the local sewerage network meaning more rain water can be stored in the system.

The new storage tank is due to be completed in December and will be capable of holding more than 2.5 million litres of storm water in wet weather.