Thursday, December 1st, 2016
It’s nearly 12 months since the Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, broke ground at the Port Clarence Energy Plant and since then, significant progress with its construction has been made. 60% of the civil engineering work and 90% of the steel work have been completed, and the plant remains on course to enter operation in the early part of 2018.
There are currently more than 100 people working on the project, and this number will increase to around 275 people within the next 3-4 months. The construction of the plant is being led by Babcock Wilcox Lagan in partnership with Eco2, with a number of local firms working on the many different aspects of the scheme. For example, a Guisbrough company (Booths) has carried out steel supply and installation, Midas (based in Thornaby) is undertaking the cladding work and Middlesbrough’s Lionweld Kennedy has installed mesh flooring for the plant.
By the early summer of next year (2017), the turbine hall and transformer room will be completed, and the main turbine and generator will both be installed. In addition, the construction of the plant’s fuel store will have been finished as well as much of the boiler pipework.
The 40MW plant, owned by Glennmont Partners, is being built on land which had lain empty for many years; the site is situated on the north bank of the River Tees, close to the Transporter Bridge. Fuelled by waste wood, Port Clarence Energy will generate electricity for the equivalent of 75,000 homes across the Tees Valley and elsewhere in the North East.