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 Project.
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
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 small business."
A PDF of the BBPL Project Brochure is available at:
A PDF of the Foresight Group / UK Investors press release is available
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
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