Glennmont Partners has announced the commercial start-up of its 40 MW wood-fired power plant at Port Talbot, South Wales.
The £160 million Margam Green Energy plant was built by a consortium of Babcock & Wilcox Vølund and Interserve Construction and has been formally handed over to Glennmont. Construction management of the power station was led by the Cardiff energy company, Eco2 Ltd.
Eco2 now has management responsibility for Margam’s commercial operation as well as for Margam’s waste wood fuel logistics. B&W has operational and maintenance responsibility for the power plant.
The power plant is fuelled by waste wood, supplied by Stobart Biomass under a long-term contract. The 250 000 t/year of waste wood required is sourced from across the country and transported to site by road.
Construction of the plant started in 2016.
Peter Dickson, Partner at Glennmont Partners said: “We are very pleased to see Margam fired-up and generating renewable energy for homes and businesses in south Wales. Margam is a long-term investment in Wales’s energy infrastructure.”
“Glennmont has appreciated the hard work of everyone to complete Margam’s construction. We have had challenges along the way but I’m delighted to have reached this moment: seeing Margam generating renewable electricity into the grid.”