A Belfast-based construction firm is celebrating after securing a deal to produce a multi-million pound renewable energy project.
Civil engineering contractors Lagan Construction, is to help build a new wood pellet and biomass power plant at Girvan for low carbon energy company Land Energy.
Being built on the site of a former textile factory, once the new facility is complete it will generate enough wood pellets to provide enough heating for up to 15,000 homes. Biomass fuels are created from organic materials such as animal and plant waste, and the timber used in the production process will be supplied locally from Scottish commercial forestry, ensuring the sustainability of this source of renewable energy.
The project will include the construction of an on-site biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant to supply process heat and electricity to the new wood pellet factory. In what is a UK first, wood pelleting and Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power turbine technologies which runs on waste heat, are being brought together.
Work will be undertaken in two phases, and is scheduled to begin in early July with an expected completion date of March 2012.
“We are delighted to be part of the team delivering this pioneering energy scheme,” commented Lagan Construction managing director, Colin Loughran.