Germany’s RWE ‘very positive’ about UK Lynemouth coal-to-biomass conversion
RWE’s plans to convert its 400-MW Lynemouth power station in Northumberland, England from coal to biomass are unaffected by subsidiary RWE Innogy’s decision to exit its biomass activities. RWE Innogy’s Chief Operating Officer Paul Coffey told journalists that the renewable division planned to focus on onshore and offshore wind and hydro in the period 2014-16.
Lynemouth is however not part of Innogy, it is part of RWE Generation.
RWE Innogy owns 99 MWe/683 MWth of biomass cogeneration capacity in operation in Germany and 72 MWe of biomass plant under construction in the UK and Italy. It is building a 49.9-MW biomass plant at Markinch, Scotland. It also owns a 750,000 mt/year industrial pellet production facility in Georgia, US.
Lynemouth is one of nine UK projects defined as provisionally affordable by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The projects have received draft investment contracts for ‘Final Investment Decision Enabling’ subsidies.