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21 September 2015

John Laing Group invests in new £138m biomass CHP plant in the North East of England

John Laing Group invests in new £138m biomass CHP plant in the North East of England

  • John Laing invests in Cramlington CHP plant alongside the Green Investment Bank
  • Second biomass investment following Speyside plant in Scotland
  • Project expected to boost the local economy with up to 200 construction and supply chain jobs 

John Laing Group plc, the international originator, active investor and manager of infrastructure projects, today announces that together with the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) it has committed £50m to Cramlington Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP), a new renewable energy facility to be built in the North East of England.

John Laing will invest £27m in the Cramlington project while GIB will make a further £21m investment. Barclays are providing the remainder of the funding with a £90m debt facility, of which 60% is guaranteed by the Danish export credit agency, EKF.

Developed by Estover Energy, the 28MW biomass CHP plant in Cramlington, Northumberland, will generate enough electricity annually to power 52,000 homes and should also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 56,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Much of the electricity generated will be fed into the National Grid but local businesses, including neighbouring pharmaceutical companies Aesica and MSD, will also benefit from the availability of both power and heat.

Due to be completed in late 2017, the operations at Cramlington are expected to boost the local economy by creating 150 jobs during construction, 30 jobs in plant operations and a further 20 in the wood supply chain.

Since 2011, John Laing has made investment commitments of over £200m into renewable energy projects.

Ross McArthur, Managing Director of Renewable Energy for John Laing, said:

“Our investment in Cramlington builds on our existing experience in biomass with our Speyside plant and we are pleased to be working once again with Estover Energy and the Green Investment Bank. We believe that biomass has an important contribution to make in delivering renewable energy in the UK.”


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