Templeborough Biomass Power Plant was officially inaugurated by His Royal Highness The Duke of York last week, with the Leader of Rotherham Council welcoming the project.
The power plant first generated electricity to the national grid at the end of last summer, exporting just over 41MW of green electricity which is enough to supply 78,000 homes (around half the population of Rotherham) and save over 150,000 tons of CO2 every year.
The plant generates clean, green energy using waste wood as a fuel and so is great for the environment. Templeborough Biomass Power Plant Ltd. was established to develop, construct and maintain the biomass power plant, which is managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a Danish fund management company specialised in offering tailor-made investments in contracted long-term energy infrastructure assets.
Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, said: “We are delighted to have such a significant project open and generating renewable energy in our community. The benefits will bring the introduction of new, high tech, long term employment, recognising the immense skill base of our local people. Our region has so much to offer and we are delighted that the visit of His Royal Highness The Duke of York will bring international recognition to our project.”
The power plant was built by a consortium of Birmingham based Interserve Construction Ltd. and Babcock & Wilcox Vølund from Denmark. Vølund has a history in power generation dating back to 1898. CIP has through its fund Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) invested £160m in building the Templeborough plant.
Senior Partner of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Christina Grumstrup Sørensen, said: “We are very proud to formally inaugurate our plant and to have His Royal Highness The Duke of York visit to make the day extra special. We were delighted to be able to discuss with him the benefits of renewable energy in the fight against climate change.”
Managing Director of CI Biomass, Tim Forrest said: “It has been a pleasure to celebrate the day with the project partners and reflect on the great work that has brought us to this point. We are now looking forward to many successful years of working with the local community here in Rotherham and generating clean, green energy for homes across South Yorkshire.”