Project statement

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Statement from Glennmont Partners, the owners of Port Clarence Energy: “we can confirm that a settlement has been reached with Babcock and Wilcox Volund, the contractor for the project, that will see their staff exit the site at the end of May. Nevertheless it remans our primary goal to reach a successful conclusion to the project, as an operational power plant.  While this may entail a period of preservation, it is our intention to continue construction as soon as possible. We are fully committed to finding a positive outcome for the project and we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact of B&W’s withdrawal in order to protect the project’s workforce, local sub-contractors and the wider community.”

 

 

Construction Update

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.

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.

Construction works starts at Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

The Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, has broken ground at the Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant, a new £160m power station that will enter commercial operation in 2018.

Port Clarence Energy is owned by Glennmont Partners, a UK financial institution with interests in renewable energy projects elsewhere in the UK and across Europe.

The 40MW plant is being built on land which has lain empty for many years and which is situated on the north bank of the River Tees, close to the Transporter Bridge.  Fuelled by waste wood, the power station will generate electricity for the equivalent of 75,000 homes across the Tees Valley and elsewhere in the North East.

The construction of the plant is being carried out by Babcock Wilcox Lagan in partnership with Eco2, the company that originated and secured planning for the Port Clarence Energy plant in 2014. There are currently 40 people employed on the site and this is expected to rise to 300 people at the peak of the construction period.  Once operational in 2018, the scheme will directly employ 30 people.

Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “Glennmont’s investment in our Borough is certainly welcomed as through the introduction of technologies such as biomass they can help grow our economy and create jobs for local people.  I am delighted to see the Port Clarence Energy project begin to come to fruition and I’m looking forward to residents and businesses benefitting from the energy it will produce.

“The Council is committed to working with the private sector to help them explore opportunities to develop renewable energy products like this which will help to reduce carbon emissions.”

Murray Paterson, UK Biomass Manager at Glennmont Partners said: “The existing road and electrical infrastructure makes the Port Clarence area an ideal location for our renewable energy facility.  We greatly appreciate the support that Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has given to the project so far and we will work closely with the Council through the project’s construction and eventual operation.  The Port Clarence Energy scheme will mean new jobs being created but equally important, it will be generating renewable energy from waste wood that would otherwise have gone to landfill.  Port Clarence Energy is good for the local economy and the local environment.”

Glennmont completes purchase of 40MW biomass project

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Glennmont Partners has completed the purchase of the Port Clarence Energy Project on behalf of its clean energy fund, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe II (“The Fund”), in an £160m deal.

The Port Clarence Energy Project will see a new biomass power generation plant built at Port Clarence, Stockton-on-Tees, providing 40MW of CHP-enabled renewable energy to the UK Energy market.

The plant is expected to become operational during the first quarter of 2018. The purchase and further construction of the Port Clarence Energy Project is being supported and debt arranged by Deutsche Bank and Danske Bank with the support of EKF, the export credit agency of Denmark.