Ince Bio Power, the largest waste wood gasifier in the UK, has officially opened. The new facility is the UK’s largest biomass plant generating 21.5MW of electricity – enough to power 40,000 homes every year.
The plant was officially opened by the Mayor of Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, northern England. It is owned by the Bioenergy Infrastructure Group (BIG) – an independent power producer specialising in energy from waste and biomass.
Ince Bio Power is the largest plant of its kind operating in the UK and uses advanced thermal treatment (ATT) technology, also known as gasification, to convert waste into a combustible gas by heating it in a low oxygen environment. BIG’s plants in Hull, Yorkshire and Levenseat, Lanarkshire, use the same technology.
The facility is located within Protos, a £700m (€810m) energy hub owned by Peel L&P Environmental, an infrastructure developer in the waste, mineral and environmental technology sectors. The two companies also partnered on a co-located waste wood processing facility.
“This is not only an important milestone for Ince, but also represents a key step forward in the development of renewable energy in the UK,” said Hamish McPherson, CEO of BIG. “I would like to thank all our contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and partners for their contribution and support throughout this process.”
Jane Gatson, development director for Protos at Peel L&P Environmental added: “This is a significant moment for Protos and the creation of a strategic and self-sustaining energy hub in the North West. Projects like this are vital in the transition to a low-carbon economy and meeting climate change objectives in Cheshire and beyond.”
Around 150 jobs were created during the construction of the plant, which now has 28 full-time employees. BIG also owns and operates energy from waste wood biomass plants in Birmingham, Londonderry in Northern Ireland and Widnes in Cheshire, UK.