How was this site identified?
Straw is a distributed resource and it has a relatively low energy value per tonne (compared with coal, for example). These two factors make the cost of transporting fuel to the plant quite high, and best practice dictates that a straw-fired power station should be close to a concentrated region of straw production to minimise these costs. North Kesteven met these criteria, with a significant proportion of its land devoted to wheat farming.
How much has been invested in the community?
For more information on our community investment please go to the Community Benefits page
Does the plant receive financial support from the Government in low-carbon subsidies?
Who is responsible for the running of the plant?
Eco2 has management responsibility for the plant, working on behalf of GREP1/Schroders Greencoat, the owners of the plant. Engineers from BWSC run the plant on a day-to-day basis. Eco2 also handles the fuel procurement and logistics.
Are there harmful air emissions from the plant?
See Environment section.
Are local habitats be affected by the plant?
The plant is enhancing local habitats through the planting of 3,000 trees, shrubs and grassland.
When does the plant take deliveries of straw (and woodchip)? We receive deliveries between 7.00am and 7.00pm Monday to Friday, and from 7.15am to 7.00pm on Saturdays. There are normally no deliveries on Sundays or on Bank Holidays. The delivery times (and any changes to them) are authorised by North Kesteven District Council
Does Sleaford REP host visits from the general public?
Yes. One day per month, we open our doors to visitors from community groups and education establishments. A guided tour of the plant takes approximately two hours. We can host a maximum of 12 people at any one time (two groups on the one day), and each visitor must be able to walk unaided as there are stairs and gantries to deal with. Health and safety is of paramount importance so we are sorry that children in Year 6 and below are not allowed to visit. If you would like to know more, please contact Paul Taylor - [email protected] / 07966 782611.
How many jobs?
It created up to 300 jobs during construction and now supports more than 90 local jobs including: 40 on-site operatives and fuel source logistics.
What type of jobs?
Various such as plant operators, craftsmen, drivers, office administrators and security.
Are local businesses supplying goods and services to the plant?