Nexterra receives order from MWH for biomass gasification system to anchor 10
MW renewable energy power plant in Birmingham, UK
VANCOUVER and BIRMINGHAM, UK, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Nexterra Systems Corp.
(www.nexterra.co.uk), a global leader in energy-from-waste gasification
systems, announced today that it has signed a contract with MWH to supply a
biomass gasification system for the Birmingham Bio Power Ltd. (BBPL) renewable
energy power plant in Tyseley, UK.
Developed by Carbonarius, the plant will be capable of producing over 10 MW of
renewable electricity for sale to the grid. The project will create more than
100 engineering, project management and construction jobs and 19 full time
jobs on site once operational.
The Nexterra gasification system is a cornerstone of the £47.8 million
project that will use 67,000 tonnes/year of locally-sourced class A - C
recovered wood diverted from landfills to produce steam that will be converted
into electricity through a steam turbine and generator system. The plant will
supply enough electricity to power 17,000 homes and is expected to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions (CO2e) by 107,000 tonnes per annum.
Nexterra will design and supply the complete biomass gasification-to-steam
generation system from feedstock handling to emission controls, including four
gasifiers, a high pressure boiler, and a flue gas treatment system. The
Nexterra system qualifies as an Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT) under UK
legislation, meaning that the power generated by the project will receive the
highest band of Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).
MWH, a global environmental, engineering and construction services company,
will be responsible for construction and installation of the system as well as
the balance of the plant, including the steam turbine and associated equipment
used to produce the power.
The project is funded by an investment consortium which includes UK Green
Investment Bank ("GIB"), Balfour Beatty plc, Eternity Capital Management
Limited, Foresight Group's UK Waste Resources and Energy Investments (UKWREI)
fund in which GIB is a cornerstone investor, and GCP Infrastructure Fund with
the developer, Carbonarius.
This is Nexterra's first project in the UK after successfully delivering seven
commercial plants in Canada and the United States. Export Development Canada
(EDC), Canada's export credit agency, has provided support for this first UK
Mike Scott, Nexterra President and CEO, commented:
"We are very pleased to be selected by MWH, Carbonarius and the investor
consortium for our first project in the UK. We believe that this is an
attractive market for our gasification solutions and look forward to
establishing our energy-from-renewable-waste systems across the UK. Nexterra
was first introduced to these UK market opportunities by BAE Systems in 2011
as part of its commitment to Canadian industry, so it is rewarding to have
signed this contract today."
Ian Brooking of Carbonarius commented:
"Nexterra has demonstrated that they have a proven, robust gasification
platform that will handle the wood waste feedstock available in the UK while
still meeting the stringent UK emission regulations. We look forward to
working with them on this and other projects in the UK."
Ian Miller of MWH commented:
"To execute this project we needed a gasification technology that was proven,
reliable and bankable. After looking at different technologies we determined
that Nexterra's technology and track record was the best fit for the project.
We look forward to working with them on this project."
John Rossall, BAE Systems' Industrial Participation Director, commented:
"BAE Systems' support of Nexterra's entry into the UK renewable energy market
is part of a long-term commitment we have to Canadian industry. Nexterra has a
fantastic technology and we are delighted it has secured its first project
here. We hope this is just the beginning for Nexterra in the UK and we look
forward to continuing our support to its growth in this market."
Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive of UK Green Investment Bank, said:
"As the UK works towards its targets to generate more power from green
sources, it's important that we bring on new technologies. I'm pleased the
Green Investment Bank has been able to support the first gasification plant of
its kind in the UK and hope it offers a positive demonstration effect that
others will follow.
"The project also highlights the wider economic benefits of investing in new
green technologies with a hundred new jobs to construct the plant, 19 good
quality new jobs in its ongoing operation and a long term contract for a local
A PDF of the BBPL Project Brochure is available at:
A PDF of the Foresight Group / UK Investors press release is available at:
http://www.nexterra.ca/files/pdf/Birmingham Bio Power Ltd 12.12.2013.pdf
About Nexterra Systems Corp.
Nexterra Systems Corp. is a global leader in plant-scale, energy-from-waste
gasification systems for the production of clean, renewable heat and power.
The company offers a proven gasification technology with over 150,000 hours of
commercial operation and uptime of over 90%. Nexterra's gasification
technology delivers lower costs, higher reliability, lower emissions and
greater fuel flexibility compared to conventional biomass energy systems.
Nexterra has completed seven commercial projects in Canada and the US, and has
completed the sale of its first project in the United Kingdom. www.nexterra.ca
MWH Peter Harvey
Business Development Director
Tel: +44121 746 5777
Carbonarius David Pike
Managing Director, O-Gen UK Ltd
Tel: +44 1782 284 898
Foresight Group / UK Investors Ben Thompson
Group Marketing Director
Tel: +44 01732 471855
UK Green Investment Bank Ronit Wolfson
UK Green Investment Bank plc
Tel: +44 220 1232134
BAE Systems, plc John Rossall
Industrial Participation Director
Tel: +44 7702 537898
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