Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) has completed the acquisition of Slough Heat and Power Ltd, an integrated energy business which includes a combined heat and power (CHP) plant with potential generating capacity of 101 MW.

The acquisition, from SEGRO plc for a total cash consideration of £49.25 million (US$100 million) gives SSE the UK’s largest dedicated biomass facility.

The centre has six boilers and six turbines which can operate on a variety of fuels with wood and fibre the main fuels. Two fluidized bed boilers power a 35 MW pass-out steam turbine fuelled with wood, having been converted from coal in 2001 and one multi-fuelled vibrating grate boiler drives a 12 MW steam turbine.

Ian Marchant, Chief Executive of SSE, said of the purchase: ‘As well as reinforcing our position as the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources, this will give us a platform from which to build up our interests in biomass and waste-to-energy, areas which we believe will become increasingly important over the next decade.’