Brite Partnership North East has awarded a £150 million contract to a joint venture between Interserve and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund to build a biomass-fired power plant in Templeborough, Rotherham.

The plant will be fired with locally sourced waste wood and have a capacity of 45 MW. The power output generated from the plant will be equivalent to the energy consumption of 70,000 households and result in an annual CO2 reduction of 360 tonnes.

Andy Jarman, commercial director at Interserve said:

“The waste sector is a key growth area for Interserve. We recognise that projects of this type are highly technical and challenging, requiring key expertise to construct, operate and maintain. This is why we have formed a strategic partnership with Babcock & Wilcox Vølund who will operate and maintain the Brite plant from 2017.”

Interserve’s portion of the project, which received £150 million of investment from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, is worth circa £50 million.

Work on the Brite power plant is expected to start in the coming weeks, with the facility expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2017.

The Biomass fuel used in the facility will be sourced on a long-term contract from Stobart Biomass Group.

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