CoGen to build energy recovery portfolio in partnership with Peel Environmental

CoGen’s 21.5 MW Biomass facility is due to be commissioned later this year is at the heart of Peel Environmental’s £700m Protos development near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Protos was recently opened by Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy.

Protos is the only energy focused development in the Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ Investment Opportunities Portfolio, the waste wood facility at Protos is the fourth biomass plant under construction in the CoGen portfolio.

Following successful commissioning and operation of the 10.6MWe Tyseley, Birmingham facility in 2016, CoGen will commission Dartmoor Bio Power (4.3MWe) in Plymouth and Welland Bio Power (10.6MWe), Northamptonshire in the first half of 2017.

Peel Environmental and CoGen are also exploring opportunities to develop further waste gasification projects across the UK totalling 105MWe, including Hooton Park in Cheshire and various other sites within the Peel Group portfolio.

Chief executive of CoGen, Ian Brooking, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Peel Environmental and are excited to be working with them going forward to deliver multiple similar projects. CoGen has a significant pipeline of projects coming through and is now firmly established as the major player in advanced gasification in the UK.”

Peel Environmental Managing Director, Myles Kitcher, said: “There is real excitement and momentum around Protos.  It embodies the principles of the industrial strategy and clusters energy generators with energy intensive industries.  CoGen has been at the core of our progress at Protos and we’re looking forward to working together to drive investment and deliver energy solutions in other parts of the country.”

CoGen’s £100m biomass plant at Protos will use ‘Advanced Conversion Technology’ to process up to 170,000 tonnes p.a. of recovered waste wood recovering sufficient energy to power around 40,000 homes and save around 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere annually, the equivalent to taking 40,000 average cars off the road each year.

Kirsten Schlyder