ACP start installing at Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant

ACP’s installers began work on the site at Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant in late August and, despite a delayed start due to other trades overrunning, completed Phase’s 1 and 2 on time. The 25m high boiler house wall was first to go up, closely followed by the 9m high straw barn wall, in all 1270sq metres with another 1430sq metres to follow in Phase’s 3 & 4.

The Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant is a 44.2MW straw fired power station based in Norfolk. The project was developed through a Joint Venture between Eco2 and Iceni Energy Limited.  In 2014 the project was sold to a joint venture BWSC PCL – collaboration between Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) and PensionDanmark in a £160m deal.

BWSC will be in charge of constructing, operating and maintaining the plant, which is expected to be operational by Spring 2017.  The plant will have capacity to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of 82,000 homes and the potential to become an electricity connectivity point for Snetterton Heath, where electricity connectivity is currently poor. This would enable existing businesses to expand in the area as well as attracting new businesses, improving job opportunities for residents and boosting the local economy.

Once the plant is built it will provide up to 36 permanent jobs, plus a further 50 jobs in fuel transportation. Contracts are already in place with local farmers, whose surplus straw will help to power the biomass plant for the coming decade, which will bring in an £11m annual investment to the East Anglian agricultural economy.

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