£162-million Brigg Renewable Energy Plant finished three months ahead of schedule

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 14 Feb 2016

THE new Brigg Renewable Energy Plant was completed within its £162 million budget and three months ahead of schedule, bosses say.

The straw-fired facility, at Scawby Brook, is now fully operational after its commissioning phase ended late last month.

It is capable of generating enough electricity to power 75,000 homes and as it uses renewable energy, is expected to save more than 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

The plant is owned by BWSC North Lincs (BNLL), which is a joint venture between the Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and PensionDanmark firms.

Work began on the plant, built on former Brigg sugar factory land, in August 2013.

A statement on behalf of the plant confirmed it was now fully operational.

It said: "Following the successful commissioning of the project, the power plant was handed over to the owners on January 21, after a build period of less than 27 months, which is three months ahead of schedule and within the agreed construction budget of £162 million."

The plant has been constructed by BWSC under a design and build contract.

The firm also has responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the facility under a 15-year agreement, which began on the plant's completion date.

Colin Jones, project manager for BNLL, said he was pleased to see the operational phase of the project begin.

He said: "We are delighted that the power plant has successfully passed through the commissioning process and is now fully operational.

"Currently, it is generating 40MWh of electricity every hour, which is enough to supply 75,000 homes and save over 250,000 tons of CO2 every year.

"The UK is an attractive market place for inward energy generation investment and we are delighted that such high calibre European companies wish to invest in the UK, and in Lincolnshire in particular."

Mr Jones thanked everybody who ensured the construction work was completed ahead of schedule and within budget.

He said: "We have worked closely with North Lincolnshire Council and many other statutory agencies and it is a credit to the joint effort that has been put in by all parties that the project has been delivered ahead of time and within budget.

"I would also like to thank the local residents of Scawby and Scawby Brook for their support during the construction phase and we look forward to continuing to work with them through the operational phase."

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