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03 January 2008

Mott MacDonald helps secure best renewable project award

Mott MacDonald’s project team on Steven’s Croft biomass power station celebrated as the power station was recognised as the Best Renewable Project at the Scottish Green Energy Awards last week.

Located near Lockerbie, Steven’s Croft is the UK’s largest dedicated biomass power station. The €130 million plant will have an output of 44 MW, supply the needs of 70 000 homes and displace 140 000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. It uses renewable wood-based fuels and will consume about 475 000 tonnes of sustainable wood per year. The project will create 40 direct jobs and over 300 jobs in forestry and farming, as well as encourage additional investment in sawmills.

Mott MacDonald is a world-leading consultant on renewables, the company’s role on Steven’s Croft Biomass power station 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, “Helping E.ON on this prestigious project has been a great opportunity for us to further demonstrate our professional excellence in this field and we’re particularly excited to be associated with the UK’s largest Biomass plant.”


Notes to editors

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 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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