Port Talbot Biomass Plant generates electrical power by the combustion of biomass. The plant is operated and maintained by px in consortium with Bilfinger Industrial Services.
at a glance:
- px group operates and maintains Port Talbot Biomass Plant
- The plant started commercial operation in October 2008
- It burns 160,000 tonnes of biomass per year
- 15MWe of electrical power are exported to the National Grid
- It generates enough electricity to power 10,000 homes
client: Western Bio Energy Limited
location: Port Talbot, Wales
Construction of the Port Talbot Biomass Plant started in 2006, and it went into commercial operation in October 2008.
We employ 15 members of staff at the site and manages the 24/7 operations and maintenance of the facility on a long term contract.
With the capacity to burn 160,000 tonnes of biomass each year, the plant consumes approximately 80% virgin wood biomass harvested from sustainable forestry sources and 20% clean recycled wood biomass from local suppliers.
All recycled wood biomass meets the exemption requirements of the Waste Incineration Directive (WID).
It’s a single travelling grate combustor unit that receives chipped biomass fuel by conveyor and spreader stoker. Hot gases from the combustor are passed through a boiler to generate superheated steam, at 512C and 92Bar.
The combustor unit is 92% efficient, creating superheated steam that drives a turbine to generate electrical power for export to the National Grid.
Each year around 15MWe of electrical power are exported to the National Grid, enough to power 10,000 homes.
Steam exiting the turbine is condensed and returned to the boiler unit.
Exhaust combustion gases are cleaned in a flue gas treatment plant using a coarse ash separator and fabric bag filters, then discharged from a 55m chimney.
The plant’s total thermal input capacity is 47.5MWL