Burning issue for Brigg’s new biomass power plant

A design of the Brigg Biomass Power station-due to open late this year or early next. EMN-150705-090822001
A design of the Brigg Biomass Power station-due to open late this year or early next. EMN-150705-090822001

Local farmers have declined to tender for selling straw to the Renewable Energy Biomass Plant set to open later this year at the old Brigg Sugar Factory site.

Coun Mike Campion told the meeting of Brigg Town Council he had attended the latest consultation group meeting on the electricity generating plant and described it as “unsatisfactory.”

“The company seems to be still unsure where the straw is coming from, but we were told Berkshire and Buxton,” he said. “It seems that no local farmers have signed up for the scheme.”

He also said no work appeared to have been done at the mini roundabout at Castlethorpe, which he claimed was surprising given the power station is set to fire up in November.

“No information on holding stations has also been given. Local parish councils were represented at the meeting and expressed concern at the arrangements for the clear up of straw mess and a lack of awareness at fire risk.

“They are asking questions asked at the previous meeting three months before, but the company are not answering them. It’s all unsatisfactory.”

The waste to energy biomass power project is being developed by BWSC, a joint venture of Burmeister and Wain, Scandinavian contractors and Pension Danmark.

BWSC purchased the project from UK based renewable energy company ECO2 as part of a £160m deal in 2013.

The straw-fuelled plant will use over 240,000 tonnes of wheat straw feedstock annually, which it was intended would be sourced from producers within a 50-mile 

The Brigg Bio Power Plant’ is being built on a 13-acre site which was formerly the British Sugar plant. Eco2 had received planning permission for the power plant in October 2011.

It will also use wood chips as auxiliary fuel.

The facility will comprise a turbine and boiler hall, two storage barns, and a building to store wood.

The plant will use the combustion technology based on water cooled vibration grate to generate power from the straw feedstock.