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WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff appointed to £160m biomass plant in Teesside

Monday, February 1st, 2016

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has been appointed by Glennmont Partners to provide design and engineering services on the £160 million biomass plant in Teesside. Set to enter commercial operation in 2018, the Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant will generate electricity to power around 75,000 homes across the Tees Valley and in the North East, as well as create 300 jobs at the peak of the construction period.

Local engineers from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Middlesbrough office are providing project management, programme and design review and supervising the construction of the biomass plant from start to completion. The construction of the plant is carried out by a Babcock & Wilcox Volund and Lagan Construction Group JV in partnership with Eco2.

Biomass is an important source of renewable energy using material derived from living, or recently living organisms such as wood, plants and animal waste to generate electricity. In Q4 2015, electricity generation from biomass provided 7% of the UK’s overall renewable energy production.

The Port Clarence Energy project will predominantly use waste from wood chips. The remaining feedstock will be sourced from construction, demolition and civic amenities sites as well as packaging, meaning that the plant will have very limited carbon footprint.

Phil Morland, energy project manager at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said: “This low carbon development is important as an addition to the North East economy and for helping the UK achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets. We are working collaboratively with key stakeholders to ensure that the project meets and exceeds our client’s expectations.”

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has successfully worked on high profile energy and renewables projects from site energy surveys to complete energy management programmes, long term energy strategies to detailed planning, design and engineering service; including the development of the Eden Deep Geothermal Plant, Gateshead District Energy Centre and most recently secured planning for two power stations in Suffolk and Wales on behalf of Watt Power.

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