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Teesport Biomass

Participating in environmental initiatives is a regular part of surveying as we work with a number of engineering and environmental consultancies.

So providing survey services for Tecnicas Reunidas on their Teesport Biomass project was a natural fit for us.

Located at Teesport, Middlesborough, the Tees Renewable Energy Plant is a new biomass energy plant on Teesside that is due to start construction before the end of the year. Landform Surveys is pleased that they have been involved in the pre-build phase of the project.

The Teesside Renewable Energy Plant is a £650m project and will be one of the world’s largest new-build, biomass combined heat and power plant. The plant will create around 100 permanent full-time jobs, including port handling and offloading and support at least 600 construction jobs. Biomass produces electricity by burning wood chips and pellets, which will mainly be imported from the U.S.

It is expected that the plant, will be sending its first energy to the National Grid in 2020. This is part of on-going planning that will help to meet the UK’s legally binding renewable energy target of 15% of all energy consumed by 2020. Once operational, the plant will save 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year from the atmosphere by displacing a mix of coal and natural gas from UK production. It will provide electricity to 600,000 homes across the country.

The initial enquiry from the client was after a topographic survey of a large area of land in Teesport with the view of building the largest purpose built Biomass power station in Europe. As part of the project, we provided both topographic surveys and a setting out service in advance of, and during, the construction phase.

The client benefited from the survey as they were able to get an accurate survey of the land as well as the location of all key features on the site which they would need for the design process. The client also benefited and continues to benefit from our setting out surveys as we were able to set out bolt positions to mm accuracy which is imperative  for the successful construction of the next phase of the project.

Sean Buck, technical manager said of the project, “It’s great to be involved in such a big project that is at the forefront of civil engineering.”

We have enjoyed being able to contribute to a project that will create jobs in the local area and contribute to a decrease in CO2 emissions.