A £29m combined heat and power (CHP) contract hangs in the balance following Heinz’s proposal to close its Harlesden site in north London by 2000.
A 4.8MWe CHP plant, including a gas turbine with heat recovery boiler, economiser and gas compressor, opened last summer by BP Energy, was to supply the food processing factory with electricity and steam for 10 years.
A Heinz spokesman would not say why Harlesden was selected or what the company’s plans are for the CHP contract. BP Energy marketing director Julian Sherrart also said that it was too early to comment.
The site closure, which will cost 450 jobs, is part of a worldwide 4,000 job restructuring aimed at saving the US-based group $200m annually from 2002 onwards.