MGT Teesside Biomass Power Project Moves Forward

From: Wood Bioenergy Staff MGT Teesside, a subsidiary of UK’s MGT Power, has selected Abengoa, an international company that applies technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, and Toshiba Corp., to build the Tees Renewable Energy Plant at the Port of Teesside, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. Abengoa reports this will be the […]

From: Wood Bioenergy Staff

MGT Teesside, a subsidiary of UK’s MGT Power, has selected Abengoa, an international company that applies technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, and Toshiba Corp., to build the Tees Renewable Energy Plant at the Port of Teesside, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. Abengoa reports this will be the world’s newest and largest power and steam from biomass plant with a capacity of 299 MW of electricity and steam, both for self-sufficiency and to be exported to nearby industry and users.

Abengoa will be responsible for carrying out the engineering, design and construction of the plant. During the construction phase, up to 1,100 jobs are expected to be created.

This project will use wood pellets and chips from certified sustainable forestry resources from the U.S. and Europe as fuel, and will be audited to ensure compliance with the strict criteria established by the UK’s incentives for renewable energy. The plant will supply renewable energy for the equivalent of at least 600,000 households in the UK. Abengoa has now been awarded the construction of two power and steam biomass plants in less than a year, the other being a 215 MW plant in Ghent, Belgium.

MGT Teesside Ltd. began serious application back in 2008 to build a 295 MW plant. As recently as this past June, MGT submitted a slightly revised application to the Dept. of Energy & Climate Change, asking for an increase in permitted generating capacity by 4 MW up to 299 MW to allow for the installation of the preferred capacity CFB (circulating fluidized bed) boiler.

The June application also addresses the fuel strategy, noting the use of wood pellets in combination with wood chips, and also ensuring the best design for fuel handling and storage given fire and explosion risks. It also includes a provision for the inclusion of a wood chip dryer on site.

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