299-MW UK biomass plant selects boiler supplier

By Anna Simet | September 26, 2016

MGT Teesside Ltd.’s Tees Renewable Energy Plant planned for Teesport near Middlesbrough in North East England will deploy the world's largest circulating fluidized boiler (CFB) utilizing only biomass as fuel, once the facility is up and running in 2020.

MGT Teesside recently announced it had selected Foster Wheeler to supply a circulating fluidized bed steam generator for the plant, as well as a long-term service agreement to Amec Foster Wheeler for boiler maintenance.

Per the agreement, Amec Foster Wheeler will design and supply the 299-MWe unit of the baseload CFB combined-heat-and-power plant, including auxiliary equipment and on-site technical advisory services for construction and supervisory services for commissioning.

The CHP plant will use both imported wood chips and pellets as fuel, according to developer MGT Teesside, primarily from America and Europe. Enviva Wilmington Holdings LLC, a joint venture of Enviva Holdings LP and affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co., previously announced a take-or-pay off-take contract to supply 1 million metric tons of wood pellets per year to the facility.

Partial financing is for the plant is being provided by Finnvera, which is contributing $132.37 million, or roughly 120 million euros, of the total $877 million plant cost. Macquarie and PKA, a Danish pension fund, will jointly own the plant, which has also received a U.K. government-supported contract for difference.

Fortum has signed a 10-year deal with MGT Teesside for operation and maintenance of the plant, and PX Engineering Consultants Ltd., part of the PX Group, has awarded Pöyry with technical services. In earlier project stages, Pöyry provided front end engineering design, as well as technical support for the tendering and negotiation of the EPC contract. A turn-key engineering, procurement and construction contract has been awarded to a consortium of Tecnicas Runidas of Spain and Samsung Construction and Trading of South Korea.

Preliminary construction is scheduled to begin within the next few months.