Factory to foundation

Building modular and off-site – the future?

Wagenborg transported the first poly generation pyrolysis plant of Europe for Zeton to Hengelo, only 15 kilometers away from its birthplace Enschede. There, at the site of Zeton in Enschede, the first poly
generation pyrolysis plant of Europe is built for Empyro B.V. which is completely modular and offsite.

Empyro B.V. distinguishes herself with this new pyrolysis plant (uses biomass to produce electricity, process steam and pyrolysis oil) from fossil fuels in order to reduce the CO2 emissions. But why is this plant not just build directly onsite in Hengelo?

Safety first

“Building plants modular and off-site has several important benefits”, says Jurgen Koele, project manager of Zeton. “The first and also the most important benefit is the positive effect on safety.
By building off-site, you won’t be exposed to bad weather and other working activities on-site. Besides these benefits, building modular and off-site creates a high degree of predictability,
which has a positive influence on safety

About Zeton

Zeton is specialist in designing and building pilot plants and small modular commercial plants for several process industries worldwide: 
- petro chemistry 
- fine chemicals
- pharmacy
- alternative energy

With operations in Burlington (Canada) and Enschede (the Netherlands), Zeton has successfully completed over 750 projects in 35 countries. Zeton helps its customers to bring their new technology and process to the market. Faster, with less risk and lower costs. 


Saving expenses

Another benefit mr. Koele points out is efficiency. “We save time for our principals by building modular and off-site, which actually means that we save costs. We build plants ready-made. Before transporting the modules, we fully test them, in order to fit them together on site easily and very quickly. Like Lego”, Mr. Koele clarifies. “Because of this construction principle it’s possible to build plants like Lego blocks, whereby plants are ready to use in no time.”

The installation of the 21 prefabricated frames took only 9 days. This shows that the lego principle works well in practice. Another success factor for this result is the ‘just in time’ delivery of Wagenborg Nedlift.


“The complete transport of the prefabricated frames is fully conducted by Wagenborg”, says Mr. Koele. “We have an excellent co-operation with Wagenborg spanning quite some years. We appreciate Wagenborg because of their flexibility, professionalism and knowhow. A good cooperation is not just pleasant, but it is also essential for a safe and successful execution of a project”, continues mr. Koele. “During projects we spend a lot of attention and care linking working activities. In order to limit risks consultation and close cooperation between all parties involved is very important.”

Trend or future?

Is building modular and off-site a trend, or is it a development which is promising for the future as well? Mr. Koele is positive about the future for building modular and off-site plants. “Especially in the area of biomass and biogas we see many developments in the area of downstream processes. In this respect building modular plants off-site can be of great value”.