Fuel handling contract at biomass CHP plant

Fuel for RWE’s Markinch biomass combined heat and power (CHP) Plant in Fife, Scotland, is supplied via a fuel reception and handling system developed by Saxlund International.

Currently the largest dedicated biomass plant in the UK and commissioned in March, the facility has an installed capacity of 65 MWe and uses some 400,000 tonnes of UK sustainable waste and virgin wood annually.

Key components supplied by Saxlund include four fuel container lorry reception units, chain conveyors, screening systems and three concrete storage silos.

Matt Drew, Managing Director, Saxlund International explains: 'Wood chip biomass is non-free flowing and difficult to handle. The design concept required sufficient on-site storage to ensure uninterrupted power generation, flexibility to deal with changing fuels specifications, and an optimal mass flow of material into the combustion process, with minimal dust generation.‘

Saxlund International also recently received an order for a biomass fuel handling system for a project in Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, UK.

Commissioning is scheduled for September 2016.

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