SIMEC Atlantis Energy has revealed plans to convert its Uskmouth Power Station in Wales, UK, from coal-fired to energy pellets.

Using energy pellets that are produced from non-recyclable waste destined for landfill, the power station is expected to generate and export 220MW of baseload power to the grid.

The energy pellets will be produced using technology developed by a joint venture (JV) between N+P Group (N+P) and SIMEC Energy called SIMEC Subcoal Fuels (SSF). Development will take place on land adjacent to the Uskmouth Power Station.

Simec Atlantis Energy CEO Tim Cornelius said: “The work we are completing with N+P will deliver an alternative fuel pellet which we expect will be very disruptive in the waste-to-energy and alternative fuel sector.

“A high energy pellet that burns as clean as natural gas and is capable of addressing the world’s non-recyclable waste problem.”

“A high energy pellet that burns as clean as natural gas and is capable of addressing the world’s non-recyclable waste problem whilst providing baseload generation and balancing services to the grid to facilitate deeper penetration of renewables is one of the most exciting developments in power generation in the last decade.”

The energy pellets are produced using non-recyclable-waste such as a card, paper, biogenic and plastic.

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An Environmental Planning and Permitting (EPP) contract has also been awarded to global consultancy RPS, which provides professional services to its client’s energy and resource management markets.

RPS will be working for the teams at Uskmouth and SSF to facilitate the EPP requirements for the Uskmouth conversion, as well as the construction of an N+P energy pellet plant.

The conversion is expected to complete within 18 months of a front-end engineering and design (FEED). First production is planned to begin in the fourth quarter of 2020. The plant will have a life-span of 20 years.