Reform Energy chooses tech partner for Fleetwood plant

Manchester-based Reform Energy has formed a joint venture with MW Power Oy of Finland to use its technology on the proposed energy recovery power plant on the Fylde coast.

The plant will generate up to 10MW of electricity and up to 20MW of heat from around 75,000 tonnes of commercial waste processed annually. This fuel feedstock will be sourced from an existing waste transfer station on the same site, using local commercial waste collection services. The fuel will be primarily made up of materials which would otherwise go to landfill, after the extraction of recyclable elements from the waste stream.

MW Power Oy is itself a joint venture between power technology suppliers Metso and Wärtsilä. In a separate deal, Reform Energy has negotiated an option to purchase the Fleetwood site from Wyre Waste Recycling which was its initial joint venture partner in the original planning application for the development. Wyre Waste Recycling will continue to operate the waste handling facility and will provide the fuel waste stream for the plant.

The Fleetwood plant will employ MW Power's bubbling fluidised bed combustion technology that delivers maximum electricity and heat output combined with flue gas cleaning systems.

The plant was granted planning permission by Lancashire County Council in December 2011 and the initial civil engineering work is set to begin on site by summer 2012. Construction and commissioning of the plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of Q3 2014.

The Fleetwood plant will be Reform Energy's first. Earlier this month the company announced plans to raise £550,000 through a private share placing of 1m new shares at 55p each.

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