N+P begin construction of Subcoal Energy Pellet plant in Teeside
Netherlands-headed N+P Group B.V. has announced that it has achieved financial close and begun construction work on a Subcoal Energy Pellet Production Plant in Teesside, UK. Using proprietary technology developed by the company, the plant will consume 250 000 tonnes-per-annum of construction and industrial (C&I) waste to produce 187 500 tonnes of "Subcoal" energy pellets.
According to a statement, Fairport Engineering Ltd has been awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract the value of which has not been disclosed. Pellet production at the plant is expected to commence in July 2019 and employ over 30 full-time personnel.
Consisting of at least 50 percent biogenic material, the Subcoal produced will be of a “very high quality” with a calorific value being guaranteed above 20 MJ/kg, moisture content at about 5 percent and chlorine (Cl) content at about 0.8 percent. In addition the pellets are odourless, dust free and hydrophobic, which means that the fuel can be handled very easily.
The new Teesport facility will supply pellets to different outlets including Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE) for use in its 220 MW coal-fired power station conversion to 100 percent waste-derived fuel. SAE acquired the Uskmouth coal-fired power station in Wales earlier this year and the plant is expected to come online during 2021.
SAE and N+P have agreed on a fuel supply agreement to supply nearly a million tonnes per annum to the Uskmouth power station once it has been converted to the burning of 100 percent Subcoal pellets instead of coal. This means that in addition to the Teesside plant, N+P have to build and commission a further three Subcoal facilities to support the contract with SAE.