Thursday, January 28th, 2016
With construction nearing its first anniversary, the project has become more visible within the local area, with the main boiler house being the tallest part of the overall scheme – 40m high. Work is progressing well, and we are on schedule for a start of commercial operations during 2017.
Construction work commenced on site in February 2015 and over the past 12 months, we have undertaken groundworks, levelled the site, undertook piling, built the foundations for the various plant buildings and constructed the necessary access roads (the Peripheral Distributer Road (PDR) at Harbour Way, together with the link to Western Bioenergy’s access road).
During the next quarter, construction of the reinforced concrete core of the Woodchip Storage Building will continue together with construction of the support table for the Steam Turbine Generator in the Turbine Hall. We expect to start building the boiler wall early next month, and we should have the main boiler items installed by May.
The main EPC contractor is the consortium of Babcock Wilcox VØlund a/s and Interserve Construction Ltd. VØlund is part of the Babcock & Wilcox Group, and provides the process equipment whilst Interserve (Wales) is undertaking the civil engineering and building. Eco2, who originated the Margam project and secured planning for it in partnership with Western Logs Group, is overseeing the construction of the plant. There are currently 120 people working on the project site.
Last week (January 20th), Neath Port Talbot Council launched the Margam Community Benefit Fund, through which Glennmont Partners, the owners of the Margam Green Energy Plant, will donate £17,500 to local community groups every year for the next the 20 years, and early next month, we will host local Councillors and Neath Port Talbot officers on a tour of the project site.
We will be posting further bulletins on the construction programme during the course of the year and through to full operation in 2017. If you have any questions about the Margam Green Energy Plant, please contact us via [email protected] / 020 3170 8466.