Veolia has secured a £50 million ($75 million) contract from Equitix ESI CHP to operate the Sherwood Biomass Plant in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Located in Widmerpool, 20 km from Nottingham, the 6.55 MWe biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) station is designed to provide electricity for over 10,000 homes and supply up to 4.5 MWth of process heat for the adjacent sawmill operations. The new plant will recycle around 52,000 tonnes of waste wood annually.
Under the 20-year contract, Veolia will provide operation and maintenance on a 24/7 basis and will deliver monitoring, reporting and compliance services. The agreement also covers water treatment, emission monitoring, and ash disposal for the new plant that is due to start generating in spring 2017.
The Sherwood plant will use a traditional steam cycle for generating electricity though the combustion of life expired wastewood from local sources.