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17 November 2005

Mott MacDonald to project manage the UK’s largest biomass power station

Mott MacDonald, engineering, management and development consultant, has been appointed by E.ON UK Renewables Ltd to assist in the project management of the largest dedicated UK biomass power station at Stevens Croft near Lockerbie in Scotland. The €130 million plant, which will have an output of 44MW, will supply the needs of 70,000 homes and displace 140,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

The E.ON UK Renewables Ltd project at Stevens Croft involves the use of a mixture of renewable wood based fuels which are readily available in the local area. In the order of 475,000 tonnes of sustainable wood will be consumed per year including 95,000 tonnes of short rotation coppice. This project will create 40 direct jobs and should create or safeguard over 300 jobs in forestry and farming as well as encourage additional investment in sawmills.

Modern biomass used around the world includes forest wood and agricultural residues, urban wastes, biogas and energy crops. The technology of burning these renewable natural resources to create energy is well proven, usually involves large-scale uses and is designed to provide a substitute for conventional fossil fuel energy sources. Biomass plants are common in Finland and there are similar sized operations in other parts of Europe such as Holland.

Mott MacDonald’s role encompasses complete project management and associated interfaces from design through to construction supervision and commissioning, to take over.

Mott MacDonald’s team leader, John Cherrie said, “We’re delighted to be awarded this prestigious contract to work with E.ON. It’s a great opportunity for us to further demonstrate our professional excellence in this field and we’re particularly excited to be working on the UK’s largest Biomass plant.”

Work commenced in October 2005 and the plant is due for completion towards the end of 2007.


Notes to editors
Mott MacDonald has a wide energy portfolio and as a group has the capability to work on renewables projects from conception through to overseeing the construction and maintenance to linking up with the National Grid.

John Cherrie has specific experience in project management of diverse projects in the energy arena covering detail design of IWPP, owner’s engineer for thermal plant (including biomass), due diligence on behalf of potential buyers and detail feasibility studies.

From E.ON press office:
E.ON UK owns and operates 20 wind farms across the country and burns biomass alongside coal at three of its power stations. Its renewable portfolio generates enough power to cater for the electricity needs of the homes in a city the size of Manchester.

The aim of UK energy policy is to produce 10% of total power from renewable energies by 2010. A market-oriented incentive system has been created for this purpose which could set a standard for European harmonisation of measures to enhance renewable energies.
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