Fiddler's Ferry Sale & Auction | Hickman Shearer

19th January 2023

Former power station equipment to be sold to support circular economy

New owners of the former Fiddler’s Ferry Power Station in Warrington are looking to repurpose plant, equipment and inventory through a large auction. The sale of transformers, pumps, motors, machinery, lifting equipment, water processing plant and other equipment will be a boost for the circular economy across several industries.

After 50 years as a coal-fired power station, Fiddler’s Ferry was decommissioned in March 20 and bought by Peel NRE in June 2022. The development will provide energy efficient housing and up to 250 acres of employment space alongside new parkland and wildlife areas.

Material from the cooling towers will also be repurposed onsite once demolished, while all remaining plant, machinery and inventory from the power station complex itself will be made available for sale at auction on February 15th and during 2023 by negotiation for re-use across several industries.

Peel NRE, specialists in natural resources and energy, have commissioned specialists to handle the sale: Hickman Shearer, a leading independent capital asset valuation, management and used equipment sales company, and CA Global Partners (CAGP), industrial auctioneers.

“This is a textbook regeneration project,” said Dan Main of CAGP. “Not only will it create new homes and jobs for the local community, but the way in which assets are being redistributed will help offset a significant carbon footprint of a site that has been dependent on fossil fuels for half a century.”

“While our objective is to realise optimum value for our client, we also want to ensure that as much of this equipment as possible goes on to further productive use, which should contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of this site as it undergoes its transformation towards future community prosperity,” says Tim Chapman of Hickman Shearer, who will oversee both the auction and ongoing private treaty sales for specialised equipment throughout 2023.

Kieran Tames, Peel NRE’s Director of Development, added: “It’s important to us that we reuse, repurpose and recycle as much as we can from the former power station to help keep our carbon footprint to a minimum, and as well as going to auction with machinery from the site, we’ve already donated some items to local charities and plan to donate more soft furnishings, office, canteen and kitchen equipment as we progress through the demolition.”

The auction will take place from 10am on February 15, 2023

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