A CONSTRUCTION company has been awarded a £9.5m contract to work on the new Renewable Energy Plant in Sleaford.
North Midland Construction plc (NMC) was awarded the contract by Burmeister Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S for the second straw fired power station in the UK.
The new plant will comprise of two 0.75 acre straw barns, a woodchip import facility, combined turbine and boiler halls plus administration buildings. The external works for the 10 acre site include sustainable drainage solutions, roads and HV export facilities for the generated power, with surplus heat piped to Sleaford’s public swimming pool and some other community facilities in the town.
Business development director at NMC, Stuart Campbell, said, “We’re delighted to be involved in such an innovative project that will have a positive impact not just on the environment but also on the local economy through the creation of jobs in the plant and through the supply chain. We have experience working with the power industry and renewable energy projects are a fast growing area for our business as alternative energy remains high on the national infrastructure agenda.”
The Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant will use straw, sourced mainly from local farms, to generate 38MW of recovered energy which is enough to provide power and heat for around 65,000 homes.
The plant will save around 250,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. Ash from the plant will be recycled for use as fertiliser on farmland. The new Renewable Energy Plant is also expected to create 80 permanent jobs and will provide local straw contracts of up to £10m per year. The plant is due to be operational in 2014.
North Kesteven District Council leader Councillor Marion Brighton said: “The transfer of free heat will benefit all residents in Sleaford and the surrounding areas, as well as visitors to the town’s leisure facilities. It is part of a significant package of benefits, which includes in excess of £200,000 of fresh investment to support our long-term plans to make the District a more sustainable place to live.
“It is important to recognise that the heat being transferred, initially to these three leisure facilities, is a positive by-product of the generation of green electricity, making a key contribution to the Council’s broader aspirations for the reduction of carbon emissions from public buildings.”