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Snetterton renewable energy plant now officially open

October 3, 2017 by  
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Demand for biomass from the region’s farmers is set to increase following the official opening of Snetterton power station last month.

The renewable energy plant is built on a site off Chalk Lane, Snetterton Heath, Norfolk. It will generate 44MW of green electricity every year – enough to supply 82,000 homes and save more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2.

The plant has been operational since earlier this year. Owned by BWSC East Anglia Ltd (BEAL), it is a joint venture between Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC), Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), and Pension Danmark.

15-year agreement

It was constructed under a design and build contract by BWSC. The company has further responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the plant under a 15-year agreement which commenced earlier this year.

Christian Grundtvig, of Burmeister & Wain, said it had worked closely with Breckland Council to get the plant up and running. “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.”

Fuelled by a mix of straw, oilseed rape, miscanthus and wood, the plant is one of many new biomass plants across the UK using a variety of biomass products to generate clean green electricity which is then fed into the national grid.

The plant will burn about 275,000t of biomass a year – equivalent to some 33t of fuel for every hour it is operational. Up to four days’ worth of biomass can be stored on site as bales in two storage sheds, each shed holding 2,640 bales each – more than 1,500 tonnes.

Ahead of schedule

The underground connection to the local electricity grid is at Diss, more than 11 miles from the plant. The build period was less than the estimated 27 months and was completed ahead of schedule and within the agreed construction budget of £173m.

Construction work started in spring 2015, first electrical synchronisation between plant and local electricity grid was achieved on the 13 December 2016 and the fully commissioned plant entered commercial operation on 22nd April 2017.

Breckland Council chairman  Kate Millbank said: “This important project has provided a real boost to the local economy and created a number of jobs, which is excellent news for local people, while providing a significant amount of green power for the region.”

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