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Brigg - The largest straw-fired biomass plant in the UK
 
Brigg Renewable Energy Plant is a 40 MW straw-fired power station near the town of Brigg, North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. Construction of the plant was completed in January 2016,  3 months ahead of schedule, after a construction period of less than 27 months.
 
The biomass power plant was constructed by BWSC and is owned by a joint venture between BWSC, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and PensionDanmark.
 
The electricity generated by the straw-fuelled power plant, which is enough for 70,000 UK households, is fed into the national grid and provides an estimated annual CO2 emissions reduction of 300,000 tonnes.
 
 
PROCESS:
 
The Brigg Biomass Power Plant is based on a steam / turbine cycle with relatively advanced steam parameters.
 
The process is virtually carbon neutral; the combustion of the straw only releases the carbon dioxide that the straw absorbed from the atmosphere during its growth. This saves the CO2 emissions which would otherwise have been released from burning fossil fuels to generate the same amount of electricity.
 
 
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE (O&M):
 
BWSC will operate and maintain the plant for a period of 15 years, under a long-term Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract.
 
 
TECHNICAL DETAILS:
 
The plant is consuming approximately 250,000 tonnes of wheat straw annually, which is sourced from farmers in the local community. 
 
The combustion gases generated in the process pass through a complete cleaning system before being released through the chimney stack, and the ash produced due to the combustion of straw can be recycled for fertiliser.

 


 
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