Work started on the site of the old British Sugar Beet factory near Scawby Brook to the south west of Brigg in Lincolnshire in August 2013. Following the successful commissioning of the project the power plant was handed over to the owners on 21st January 2016 after a build period of less than 27 months, which is 3 months ahead of schedule and within the agreed construction budget of £162m.
The plant is owned by BWSC North Lincs Ltd (BNLL) a joint venture between Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), and PensionDanmark. The plant was constructed under a design and build contract by BWSC who have further responsibility for the operation and maintenance under a 15-year agreement, which commenced on the date of completion of the renewable energy plant.
Colin Jones, Project Director of BWSC North Lincs, said: “We are delighted that the power plant has successfully passed through the commissioning process and is now fully operational, currently it is generating 40MWh of electricity every hour, which is enough to supply 75,000 homes and save over 250,000 tons of CO2 every year. “The UK is an attractive market place for inward energy generation investment and we are delighted that such high calibre European companies wish to invest in the UK and in Lincolnshire in particular.
Colin Jones went on to say “We have worked closely with North Lincolnshire Council and many other statutory agencies and it is a credit to the joint effort that has been put in by all parties that the project has been delivered ahead of time and within budget. I would also like to thank the local residents of Scawby and Scawby Brook for their support during the construction phase and we look forward to continuing to work with them through the operational phase.