Lynemouth Power Station (LPL) has generated electricity from coal since 1972 with a capacity of 420MW. The plant was originally built, owned and operated by Alcan with the purpose of providing safe and secure energy for the production of aluminium at the adjacent Lynemouth Smelter.
LPL had been working to provide a technical solution to convert the power plant to run on biomass and following clearance from the European Commission for its supporting Contract for Difference from the UK government, EP UK Investments Ltd (EP UK) agreed to purchase LPL in January 2016.
During 2016 the biomass conversion project started by using a multicontracting strategy with overall project management provided by LPL. The conversion project required:
- modification to the Port of Tyne material handling and storage facilities
- new biomass handling and storage facilities at the site
- biomass preparation and transport to the burners
- a new burner management system and new safety and control systems (ICSS) with full SCADA replacing the existing control desks
- an interface to the existing electrical switchgear and existing and new
instruments completed the scope.
During the build phase of the project, LPL recognised that the control and safety system upgrade activity was on the project critical path.