The Margam Green waste wood-fuelled biomass plant in South Wales has entered commercial operation.
The 250,000 tonnes-per-year capacity plant will be supplied in full by Stobart Energy using Grade-C waste wood sourced from local authorities, civic amenity sites and commercial and industrial sources across South Wales and the South West of England.
The plant is owned by Glennmont Partners which today (June 24) announced that the facility is fully operational. The main contractor for the Margam power project, the consortium of Babcock & Wilcox Vølund and Interserve Construction, has formally handed it over to Glennmont and the £160m plant will generate power capable of supplying up to 75,000 homes.
Commenting on the milestone, Peter Dickson, a partner at Glennmont, expressed delight that the plant has moved on to the next stage after delays during construction.
“We are very pleased to see Margam fired-up and generating renewable energy for homes and businesses in south Wales. Margam is a long-term investment in Wales’s energy infrastructure,” Mr Dickson explained.
He added: “Glennmont has appreciated the hard work of everyone to complete Margam’s construction: the efforts of B&W, Interserve, Eco2 and in particular the commitment shown by so many individual workers on site. We have had challenges along the way but I’m delighted to have reached this moment: seeing Margam generating renewable electricity into the grid.”
Construction of the Margam plant started in 2016 and employed hundreds of people at its peak. Glennmont acquired the plant from renewable energy developer Eco2 in a deal worth £160 million in 2015, around a year after the plant received its permit from the Welsh government
“We are very pleased to see Margam fired-up and generating renewable energy for homes and businesses in south Wales. Margam is a long-term investment in Wales’s energy infrastructure.”Peter Dickson
The initial construction completion date was early 2017.
Throughout the construction process, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund and Interserve worked in partnership with a large number of sub-contractors from Wales and other parts of the UK and continental Europe.
Eco2, which also has management responsibility for commercial operations and waste wood fuel logistics, led the construction management of the power station.
Working closely with Glennmont, Eco2 also has management responsibility for the plant’s commercial operation as well as responsibility for the waste wood fuel logistics.