Our first wood firing of our plant at Templeborough took place during the afternoon of Wednesday 16th May 2018. We expect to undertake further test firings over the next 7 to 10 days. We used oil to bring the plant up to its full working temperature; this took between eight and ten hours at which point we introduced the wood. The wood was burnt for a few hours, allowing us to start to test various systems in the plant, and when the tests are complete we will end the wood firing. We used a little more oil to burn out any wood that remains in the furnace leaving just ash. Any exhaust gases generated through this firing passed through a bag filter removing any dust or other particles, which were collected in our storage silo for us to dispose of later.
Whilst we’re carried out this firing you may have seen some emissions from the chimney stack, these would have been light smoke and water vapour. You may also have seen steam being vented through the vents on the roof of the boiler house and some minimal noise, although this was much quieter than during the steam blows we carried out recently. There was also a visible plume of water vapour from the plant cooling tower.
We are of course working closely with the local Environment Agency office who have been fully informed of these plans. We have already agreed a commissioning plan with them that very clearly lays out the controls that need to be in place and what action we need to take in the unlikely event that any of the emissions exceed the agreed limits.
We hope that our first firing didn’t cause any disruption for you and as always thank you for your patience and understanding as we draw ever closer to opening our power plant. If you have any questions or concerns about the process undertaken, please do contact us using the details below. We always welcome dialogue with all our neighbours and if you have any issues at all, we are committed to working with you to resolve them successfully.
We should also like to take this opportunity to thank those local residents and businesses who have supported this project during our construction period in Rotherham and apologise in advance if our ‘first firing on wood’ operation causes any inconvenience.
Further information is available in our our dedicated datasheet on ‘First firing with wood’
However should you have any specific concerns, please contact
Tel: 01709 717930