The Blackburn Meadows biomass power plant in Sheffield, northern England has started generating electricity. The facility is owned and operated by E.ON UK and is the third biomass facility to be owned by the company in the UK.
The project cost 120 pounds to bring to the fully commissioned stage and it has a generating capacity of 30 MW. This is sufficient power to provide electricity to 40,000 homes.
The power plant takes in locally sourced recycled wood waste to convert to electricity. The facility will serve to save around 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Construction of the power plant began in 2011 with around 3,400 people involved in the construction process. Now that the facility is in operation it has created around 30 full-time jobs to keep it operational. The site is located around 5.5km north east of the city centre of Sheffield.
Luke Ellis, E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows Project Manager, said: “After several years of hard work by the project team and our contractors it is a great feeling to be finally generating power.
“The next and final stage of the project is the reliability and performance testing phase which is due to be completed this summer.”
The project has been successful in adding job opportunities to the area as well as providing investment options too. The fact that the power plant is producing electricity through renewable methods is another positive factor in its favour.