Murphy Group

Construction company, J Murphy & Sons, has completed the first phase of work on the UK’s first reheat biomass combined heat and power plant.

The Construction Index reports that at the £138m Cramlington plant in Northumberland, Murphy has installed more than 6,600 metres of cable ducts in preparation of installing the 66kV circuit in early 2017.
The combined heat and power biomass plant uses reheat technology, which is relatively new to power plants of this size. Fuelled by new and recycled wood, steam will be led through two heating processes and two turbines, instead of one. This improves fuel efficiency, achieving a higher output.

The Cramlington plant will have an output of 27.8 MW, generating 223 GWh of renewable electricity.

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractors (BWSC) awarded Murphy a subcontract in October 2015 for the cabling and civils design stage, civil duct route construction, substation and compound construction and fit-out, as well as commissioning and installing the 66kV equipment and cable systems. 

Work is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.