41 MW biomass power plant inaugurated in UK

By Erin Voegele | June 26, 2019

The U.K.-based Templeborough Biomass Power Plant was officially inaugurated June 24. Located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, the 41 MW facility takes in waste wood as fuel and can generate enough electricity to power 78,000 homes.  

Development of the facility has been ongoing for several years. Construction began in March 2015. The plant first burned wood fuel in May 2018, with the first electricity generated in July of last year.

Templeborough Biomass Plant Ltd., a company established to develop, construct and maintain the facility, is managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, a Danish fund management company. CIP has invested £160 million ($203.07 million) in the plant.

The Templeborough facility was built by a consortium consisting of Interserve Construction Ltd. and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund.

B&W announced March 4 that it has successfully turned over operations of the facility to CIP. At that time, B&W also noted it will provide operations and maintenance services to the plant under a 15-year agreement.

According to B&W, the Templeborough plant features a B&W Vølund boiler, its state-of-the-art DynaGrate fuel combustion system, and B&W Vølund emissions control technology. It is designed to process up to 270,000 tons of biomass each year from municipal collection points, construction sites, and other industrial and commercial sources. B&W indicated facility can process waste wood, including contaminated wood and fuel containing metals, with no pretreatment required.