Thursday, October 17, 2013

News: Revised plans for Rotherham biomass energy development

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Plans for a biomass energy development which would create 140 jobs at Templeborough in Rotherham are moving forward again.

Operators, the Brite Partnership, secured planning permission in 2010 for the development at the Firth Rixson Ickles Works where land and disused buildings where purchased in March 2011.

Following a financial review of the project, revised plans have now been submitted showing that wood pellet manufacturing capability has been increased from 200,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) to 350,000 tpa as a result of increased demand from potential customers in the coal-fired power generation sector. Plans for a liquid biomass CHP plant have been removed as they are no longer financially viable so the capacity of the planned biomass CHP plant on the site has been increased.

Generating heat and power from carbon-neutral renewable wood pellet fuel, the development is estimated to save as much as 15.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions that would have been emitted from traditional fossil fuel power stations. If approved, the plant would generate 34MWth of thermal energy to the pellet manufacturing process, and 35MWe of renewable electricity, with around 20MWe of renewable electricity available for distribution to the grid.

The original intention was to locate the timber debarking and chipping plant, required to prepare the feedstocks for the wood pellet manufacturing process, on the former Council Depot site on Greasborough Road. The new plans show that the timber pre-treatment activities will now be undertaken on land directly across Sheffield Road on the Shenker rail sidings site.

The plans state that: "The Biomass Energy Development in the Templeborough area will introduce a new manufacturing industry to Rotherham and the surrounding area, and create new employment opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

"Once operational it is expected that the timber debarking and chipping plant on the Shenker site will require 40 full-time staff, in addition to the further 100 required on the Firth Rixson site."

The plans include a 3,680 sq m development for the wood pellet manufacturing plant and a 4,898 sq m development for the Solid Biomass CHP Plant. Plans also include additional flood protection measures. Around 5,000 sq m of buildings are planned for the Shenker site.

The Brite Partnership was formed with the sole purpose of developing projects for the production of green energy, and operating them as a viable and sustainable business.

Partners have in excess of eighty five years of experience between them in the construction industry and that other members of the team have extensive experience of the development of biomass combustion projects, with similar projects in other parts of the UK and Europe.

The Rotherham project is seen as the cornerstone of the renewable energy business which the partnership expects to expand on in the coming years throughout the country. Brite has the support of the UK Government's Green Investment Bank for the first project.

Brite Partnership website

Images: Brite Partnership

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