Phase one of Northumberland biomass plant project completed

WCN Editorial Team 17 Oct 2016 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Contractor J Murphy & Sons has completed the first phase of the £138M reheat biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Cramlington, Northumberland.

The first phase involved the installation of over 6,600m of cable ducts in preparation for the installation of the 66kV circuit in early 2017. The company will now start construction of the plant substation and compound.

J Murphy & Sons power sector operations director Vincent Bowler said: “We have installed thousands of metres of ducting underneath major arterial roads and industrial landscapes across Northumberland while at the same time minimising the impact on the local community.

“We will now focus on the next stage of the project, to construct the substation and infrastructure needed so that residents can soon benefit from sustainable and efficient power.”

The plant — to be fuelled by new and recycled wood — will have an output of 27.8 MW and will generate 223 GWh of renewable electricity. The facility is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 56,000t annually.

Work on the project is expected to be complete in mid-2017.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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