Interserve JV wins £150m contract to build Rotherham biomass power plant
A joint venture between Interserve, the international support services and construction group, and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund has been awarded a £150 million (€210 million) contract by the Brite Partnership North East to build a biomass-fired power plant in Rotherham, UK.
Based in Templeborough, the 'Brite' power plant will be fired with locally sourced waste wood and have a capacity of 45MW. The power output generated from the plant will be equivalent to the energy consumption of 70,000 households and result in an annual carbon dioxide reduction of 360 tonnes.
Andy Jarman, commercial director at Interserve, says: 'We recognise that projects of this type are highly technical and challenging, requiring key expertise to construct, operate and maintain. This is why we have formed a strategic partnership with Babcock & Wilcox Vølund who will operate and maintain the Brite plant from 2017.'
Work on the Brite plant is expected to start in the coming weeks, with the facility expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2017. Interserve's portion of the project, which received £150 million of investment from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is worth circa £50 million.
The biomass fuel used in the facility will be sourced on a long-term contract from Stobart Biomass Group.