Europe’s biggest cleanroom goes under the hammer

Troostwijk Auctions to sell equipment originally intended for a Hyundai semi-conductor plant

The equipment for sale includes boilers, chilled water plants and compressors, plus the largest cleanroom in Europe

International plant and machinery auctioneer Troostwijk Auctions has been instructed to sell equipment originally intended for a Hyundai semi-conductor plant in Dunfermline, Scotland, including the biggest cleanroom in Europe.

The factory is to be transformed into a centre for the renewable energy sector by 2015.

Hyundai originally planned to open a semi-conductor facility on the site, which never came to fruition, despite £80m having been spent on installing top-of-the-range site utilities. The site has changed hands several times since Hyundai’s exit, first being sold to Motorola and subsequently to Freescale.

Shepherd Offshore Group acquired the site last month (November) and to facilitate the new development, all unused plant and equipment will be sold and the buildings on the 150-acre site demolished.

The equipment for sale includes four 6000kW boilers, three 1800kVA diesel alternators, ten 750kW chilled water plants, a 600kW air compressor and three 315kW centrifugal vacuum compressors, three 820lt/hr pure steam generators, UV water purifiers, plus a 14,750m2 cleanroom, which is the size of two football pitches.

“It is unprecedented to see such a huge inventory of high quality equipment, most of which has never been used,” said Troostwijk Auctions' president Wim Dieker.

Troostwijk Auctions will conduct a webcast auction on 27 January 2011.

“We anticipate strong interest from engineering companies across the world,” said Troostwijk’s UK md James Hague. “This sale represents an ideal opportunity for electrical engineering companies, HVAC specialists and cleanroom installers to acquire high quality, unused machinery at very competitive prices.”