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Biomass conversion still on for Lynemouth

January 17, 2014, UK - RWE's plans to convert its 400-MW Lynemouth power station in Northumberland, England from coal to biomass are unaffected by subsidiary RWE Innogy's decision to exit its biomass activities, according to a Platts report.


January 17, 2014
By Scott Jamieson

On Thursday, RWE Innogy's Chief Operating Officer Paul Coffey told
journalists that the renewable division planned to focus on onshore and
offshore wind and hydro in the period 2014-16.

"Biomass is no longer seen to be a core technology for RWE Innogy,"
spokesman Stephen Thomas told Platts Friday. "We will be pulling back on our
biomass activities, but that is within Innogy — Lynemouth is not part of
Innogy, it is part of RWE Generation."

It is building a 49.9-MW biomass plant at Markinch, Scotland. It also
owns a 750,000 mt/year industrial pellet production facility in Georgia, US.
These are the assets no longer seen as core.

Meanwhile, RWE npower spokesman Daniel Meredith told Platts that the
German utility was "very positive about the Lynemouth conversion," which has
just been shortlisted by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for
funding under the Contract for Difference support mechanism.

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