Interserve hands over one of its last EfW plants

17 July 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Margam Green Energy plant (Image: Constructing Excellence)

Interserve is moving closer to waking up from its energy from waste (EfW) nightmare after it handed over the Margam biomass energy plant near Port Talbot to Margam Green Energy.

The completion of the plant by Interserve and its partner Babcock & Wilcox Vølund is the third this year, following the handover in January of the delayed Dunbar renewable energy plant to Viridor Enviroscot and the Templeborough plant near Rotherham.

Interserve announced in 2016 that it would exit the EfW sector after struggling with delays and mounting costs on several schemes. One plant, in Derby, remains to be handed over.

The 40MW Margam Green Energy Plant, a wood-fired biomass power station, will generate green electricity to supply power to approximately 75,000 homes. It is designed to process up to 264,000 tons of biomass each year from municipal collection points, construction sites and other industrial and commercial sources.

Vølund will operate the plant for its customer under a 15-year operations and maintenance contract.

Chris Tyerman, Interserve director for infrastructure and engineering services, said: “We are pleased to have reached completion on this biomass plant which will contribute to the renewable energy requirements of South Wales.

“Interserve Group remains focused on exiting the Energy from Waste business this year.”

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