Balfour Beatty awarded £82.5 million contract at RAF Marham
Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been selected by BAE Systems, a leading global defence company, to deliver an £82.5m contract to build engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk, in readiness for the arrival of the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018.
In March 2013, the Secretary of State for Defence confirmed that RAF Marham would become the main operating station for the UK’s fleet of F-35 Lightning II jets.
Balfour Beatty will construct three new facilities on behalf of BAE Systems to support the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018, these are:
- an Integrated Training Centre;
- a Logistics Operations Centre;
- Maintenance and Finishing Facility.
Balfour Beatty will utilise digital tools including 4D modelling and BIM throughout construction of the 25,000m2 of technical accommodation across three individual sites on the base.
Dean Banks, Balfour Beatty Managing Director UK Construction Services, said: “We are committed to making this exciting development a success and extending the excellent track record BAE Systems and Balfour Beatty have for delivering defence projects in the UK.
“Our proven expertise in defence and aviation means that we have developed technically advanced delivery solutions that will help to ensure that RAF Marham’s operational capability is maintained throughout our construction activities on base.”
Balfour Beatty has worked closely with BAE Systems, its customer Lockheed Martin, the UK Ministry of Defence’s Lightning Project Team and RAF Marham over the past six months as a Preferred Supplier to prepare for the construction project.
This project builds on the existing experience that Balfour Beatty has of delivering highly complex and technically challenging projects for the UK MoD on live operational bases.
Balfour Beatty is dedicated to providing sustainable benefits to the local communities in which it operates and has planned to channel a minimum of £25m of project spend via SMEs. As members of The 5% Club, Balfour Beatty will ensure that the project generates opportunities for 15 apprentices, three graduate trainees and a further three work placements for students. The project will see 300 construction workers employed at peak.
Works are scheduled to commence on the project in April 2016 with completion scheduled for summer 2018, ready for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II fleet in 2018.
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.