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Firm wins £9.5m contract for straw power station

North Midland Construction has been awarded £9.5m contract to work on a straw-fired power station.

The contract was awarded by Burmeister Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S.

The new plant will comprise of two 0.75 acre straw barns, a woodchip import facility, combined turbine and boiler halls plus administration buildings.

The Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant will use straw, sourced mainly from local farms, to generate 38 MW of recovered energy which is enough to provide power and heat for around 65,000 homes.

Surplus heat piped to Sleaford’s public swimming pool and some other community facilities in the town.

The plant will save around 250,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. Ash from the plant will be recycled for use as fertiliser on farmland.

The new Renewable Energy Plant is also expected to create 80 permanent jobs and will provide local straw contracts of up to £10m per year. The plant is due to be operational in 2014.