Bouygues Energies & Services will be responsible for the engineering and construction of this 10 MWe facility and procurement of equipment, followed by operation and maintenance for a period of 10 years.
It will be the largest waste-to-energy gasification plant in the UK.
Jean-Christophe Perraud, CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services, said: “This contract once again confirms Bouygues Energies & Services’ capacity to deliver a large, complex industrial project in the energy infrastructure sector. Furthermore, this project will work towards achieving energy independence in the United Kingdom via the production of a local source of energy.”
The gasification plant will generate 41.6 MW thermal, which, once converted through a steam turbine generator, will deliver 10 MWe. This represents a yearly net export of green electricity to the grid of 76,000 MWh, which is enough to meet the average annual demand of 7,000 homes.
More than 90,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel sourced from local commercial and industrial sectors will be supplied by waste contractors Biffa and Powerday.
Bouygues Energies & Services will provide a turnkey solution based on proven technology developed by Stafford-based Biomass Power Ltd. Rolton Group is acting as engineer to Bouygues.
Site works will begin in July 2015 and involve 110 employees at peak. Handover is scheduled for 2017.
Project developer is AssetGen Partners, a specialised investment fund. The Green Investment Bank, through its fund manager, Foresight, is investing £30m in a combination of shareholder loans and equity with co-investors NOY and P3P providing £20m and £10m respectively on the same terms.
According to the Green Investment Bank, the total project value is £60.4m. Bouygues says it is £82m.