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From ballast tanks to scrubbing tanks

Lee Burton Standard Gas Operations Manager

Standard Gas’ Operations Manager, Lee Burton – a former Royal Navy submarine engineer – is overseeing the day-to-day build of our first SG100 plant at Swift Technology Group’s site in Norfolk, UK. Lee jokes, “I’ve moved from ballast, compensation and hover tanks in nuclear submarines to scrubbing, gas and char collection tanks with the SG100.”

Supporting Laurence Sharrock, Standard Gas’ Technical Director, Lee is working closely with the construction team at Swift – our engineering design partner and manufacturing contractor – and reports the build of our SG100 carbon-removing renewable energy-from-waste plant is progressing rapidly. Completion is expected by mid-January followed by factory testing during Q1 2023 ready for deployment to site.

A multi-skilled manager, Lee has wide-ranging mechanical and electrical engineering experience. His formative, intensive and extensive training was undertaken in the UK’s Royal Navy, and for 10 years Lee worked as a Marine Engineer on Vanguard Class nuclear submarines. Leaving the Royal Navy, he held management posts in the civil engineering and food manufacturing sectors, overseeing projects that met the exacting standards of the UK’s Ministry of Defence and the requirements of UK health, safety and environmental regulations.

Laurence Sharrock is delighted to be working with Lee again. “We worked together briefly when Lee helped with the development of our demonstration plant at our site in Huntingdon, UK. Now the SG100 build is in full swing, it’s great to have Lee permanently back on the team, applying his knowledge and experience, and helping to drive the commercialisation of our Standard Gas technology.”