Northern Ireland-based biomass power plant now operational
Kedco plc, the renewable energy group focusing on the production of clean energy in the U.K. and Ireland, announced that its plant in Newry, Northern Ireland, which will produce a total of 4 MW, has commenced the exportation of power to the grid from its biomass electricity and heat generation plant. This marks the company’s transition to an operator of renewable energy assets from a pure development company.
The electricity generated by the Newry Biomass Plant is being sold to Bord Gais Eireann under a power purchase agreement. The company now intends to move towards the completion of the next 2 MW phase of the project, which is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2013. The civil and on-site works for this additional 2 MW have already been completed and a deposit has been paid to secure the expansion of the grid infrastructure for the project.
Once fully operational, the plant will employ up to 12 people and be able to provide clean electricity to more than 7,000 homes. The company’s plant at Newry is the first in its pipeline to commence exporting power to the electricity grid. Kedco’s other key asset is the 12 MW Enfield Biomass Project located in Enfield, London. This project has full planning and permits to convert 60,000 metric tons per annum of waste wood and has entered into advanced discussions on an offer to connect to the national grid. The company has already entered into a 20-year lease in relation to the site. The company also has variouscoptions available for feedstock sourced locally for the plant.
The Directors believe that this project in Enfield is one of the most advanced biomass development projects located in the London region. The company intends to progress the project towards financial close and commencement of construction.
In line with this aim, the Company has already conducted preliminary discussions with debt and equity partners and these are expected to progress over the course of the next few months. A further update will be provided as appropriate.
“This step marks the Company’s move from being solely a clean energy project developer to a clean energy producer,” Gerry Madden, CEO of Kedco. “The Board is delighted with the progress made at the site, and is pleased to be generating revenue from the plant, as this significant step in the Company’s development will provide Kedco with good visibility of earnings. Biomass electricity and heat producing technologies are among the most incentivized in the UK, and this support further underpins Kedco’s business model.
The board would like to thank its key commercial partners, RBS Ulster Bank, Stobart Group, Clarke Energy/GE Jenbacher and Zeropoint, for their work completed on the project to date. The company looks forward to completing the commissioning of the additional 2MW of its Newry Biomass project.”
“This operational milestone is an important one for Kedco,” said Eddie Cullen, head of corporate and institutional banking at Ulster Bank. “Our support for the project has enabled us to clearly demonstrate our continued commitment to customers in the renewables market on the island of Ireland.”
“We congratulate Kedco on their progress to date with the Newry project and we look
forward to continuing our support of Kedco on their future projects,” Haydn Rees, managing director of Clarke Energy Ltd.