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UK’s Estover wins approval for biomass CHP plants

January 24, 2013
By Argus Media

January 24, 2013, London, UK — UK biomass developer Estover Energy has received planning approval for two 25MW dedicated biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland, in northern England, and Aberdeen, in northern Scotland.

The company applied for local planning approval for the plants in October last year. The plants will supply Aesica Pharmaceuticals in Northumberland and Arjowiggins' paper mill in Aberdeen with heat and power. Additional power will be supplied to the grid.

Each plant will consume up to 245,000 t/yr of low-grade chipped virgin wood sourced within a 60-mile (96km) radius. Storage facilities for feedstock supply will also be constructed at each site.

Estover aims to conclude project financing to fund the projects. The plants will receive 1.5 renewable obligation certificates (Roc) per MWh generated under the government's new Roc banding levels, which come into force from April.

The company is awaiting approval for a 15MW CHP plant in Moray, near Aberdeen, supplying the Macallan whisky distillery. All three plants are expected to be completed by 2015.

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