New plant work starting shortly

construction of a multi million pound biomass facility in Girvan will get underway in the coming months.

Land Energy’s plan to build a biomass combined heat and power and wood pellet plant in the town has secured substantial external funding for the project.

The plant, which will intially create nine jobs in the area, is expected to be operational in 18 months time and once complete will produce 60,000 tonnes of virgin pellets and 2.5MW of power.

John Westmacott, CEO of Land Energy, is delighted that work will now be able to get started.

He said: “I am delighted that we have secured the full funding for our planned state-of-the-art plant in Girvan.

“All major suppliers have been signed up and work will commence shortly on site. Our external funder has provided significant support in getting this project to financial close and we look forward to working with all our suppliers and financial partners on developing this facility.”

The announcement is a huge milestone for Land Energy and for the wider renewable energy industry which is experiencing growing demand for wood pellets as a renewable fuel.

Mike Morrice, Land Energy Girvan’s project manager, is excited that the company will finally be moving into the area.

He explained: “This type of plant is a first for the UK and we’re excited about getting into the construction phase.

“Although this is Land Energy’s largest and most complex plant to date, our experience of building and operating other pellet plants has been a real benefit in refining the design for Girvan.”

Land Energy is acting as principal contractor and 11 major suppliers will be involved in providing equipment, technical knowhow and construction skills in achieveing the target of full operations in 18 months time.

Tom Thorp, investor director of Land Energy and investment manager at Foresight Group, which is a significant shareholder in Land Energy, added: “Land Energy’s management team has worked extremely hard over the last 18 months to achieve financial close on this very exciting opportunity.

“Their commitment and desire to enable this Girvan project to move forward is to be commended especially at this time, with the backdrop of limited financial support from major institutions for environmental infastructure in the UK.

“I look forward to seeing the success of Land Energy Girvan Limited and the wider group flourish over the coming years.”