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The Sembcorp Biomass Power Station, also referred to as ‘Wilton 10’ began commercial operations in October 2007 and boasts the title of the United Kingdom’s first ever large scale wood to energy power facility. The £64 Million plant was a major step forward in the production of biomass-generated renewable energy in the UK. Producing 35MW of electricity (enough to power a small town) it consumes ca 300,000 tonnes a year of wood as its fuel, drawn from a variety of sustainable UK sources. Much of the wood is recycled and collected at local authority waste disposal sites throughout the country. It is low value and with no alternative use so most of the wood would have previously been sent to landfill sites. The station is also fuelled by sawmill residues and small roundwood logs from managed forests throughout the north east of the country as well as short rotation coppice, a fast growing form of willow.

By generating genuine renewable energy, Wilton 10 is helping in the UK’s quest for a low carbon future. Saving more than 200,000 tonnes per year of carbon dioxide emissions compared to a fossil fuel power station of a similar capacity, the equivalent to the CO2 emissions of around 67,000 vehicles per year. It helps to provide Wilton Site customers with a more sustainable source of energy and boosts jobs and the economy in the forestry, wood recycling and transport sectors. Recent modifications have made the plant significantly more environmentally efficient. The plant is now operating Combined Heat and Power (CHP) status as an increased amount of heat from the process is now available for distribution around the site instead of sending it into the atmosphere or converting it into water.

Since taking responsibility for energy and services at the Wilton Site in 2003, Sembcorp has invested more than £150 million into improving and developing existing facilities as well as constructing new assets. In particular, its investment in low carbon energy solutions via pioneering renewable energy initiatives has proved instrumental in attracting new investment to the Site and given it a strong base from which to build a sustainable future.

Furthermore, a joint venture is underway between Sembcorp and SITA to build a 40MW plant at Wilton. The plant known as Wilton 11 is currently under construction and will divert 440K tonnes of office and household waste per year from landfill. Commercial operation is expected during 2016.

SITA UK Tees Valley site consists of a three stream energy-from-waste facility, a community recycling centre and an ash processing facility. The energy-from-waste facility was extended from the original two line plant to a three stream plant in 2009 and now has a combined processing capacity of 390,000 tonnes of municipal waste per year. Additional lines have been added to treat 190,000 tonnes of non-recycled waste each year on behalf of other local authorities in the region.

Veolia (formerly Dalkia) are operating a 17MW facility in County Durham and in this sector, MGT announced (July 2015) the green light for its landmark £650M plant at Teesport. Work could start by the end of 2015 with the plant creating 600 construction jobs and a further 100 permanent jobs. Additionally, Gaia Power has indicated future operational intent in the North East.

North East Bioresources & Renewables, c/o NEPIC, Room H224, Wilton Centre, Wilton, Redcar, TS10 4RF | T +44 (0) 1642 442 560