First of its kind decarbonised flexible power generation and carbon capture plant breaks ground in Rhodesia, Worksop. A project that will support the county’s energy transition to net zero
The 28 million carbon capture and power generation plant that broke ground yesterday is a joint venture between Landmark Power Holdings and Victory Hill (investment fund). Once operational it will have an electrical capacity of 10MW. Local Specialist high voltage engineering and contracting firm Smith Brothers is providing EPC support on the project.
The Rhodesia plant is the first developed under Landmark Power Holdings, FlexPower Plus concept for Flexible power generation with natural gas-powered engines, with increased energy efficiency and carbon capture technology.
The plants' construction incorporates a range of well-established and proven technologies which, when combined, materially increase the efficiency of the plants. The plant will benefit from the involvement and expertise of some of the world's leading industrial technology companies including MTU Rolls Royce/ Yellow Power, Swedish industrial group, Climeon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group subsidiary Turboden based in Italy, and privately-held Swiss Carbon Capture technology manufacturer, ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd.
Marking the commencement of work on Tuesday the 25th of Oct- chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, Madelaine Richardson, broke the ground alongside Eleanor Fraser-Smith, head of sustainability at Victory Hill Capital Partners, Mick Avison, founder and managing director of Landmark Power Holdings, and John Smith, co-funder and chairman of Smith Brothers.
There are over 40.000 people in Worksop, and once operational, this site will have the capacity to provide 25% of power for those living in the area," explained Mick Avison, founder and managing director of Landmark Power Holdings. "Household energy will be created using natural gas, while the plant will turn waste into food-grade carbon dioxide, (sold through a Food Grade CO2 offtake agreement with BUSE GASES LIMITED, one of the global leading suppliers in the industrial and specialty gas markets).
Expected to go into commercial operation in Q2 2023 the project will produce highly efficient flexible power, which will help secure the supply within the UK electricity grid and contribute to the growth in renewable generation capacity.
Capable of powering 9% of the properties in Bassetlaw, chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, Madelaine Richardson said: "Having the first decarbonised power plant is a great asset for us. Partnerships and investments such as these are important for sustainable outcomes, plus making the most of the waste products is of particular interest to me, as I continue to explore how we better tackle the challenges of all forms of waste, in our area."
Brendan Clarke-Smith MP said: “We need to do all we can to move forward in the technological advancement towards flexible and dependable electricity here in Britain.”
“Therefore, I commend plans to construct the New Power Plant with cardon capture at the High grounds Industrial Estate in Worksop for a highly efficient and flexible gas power station. I welcome Project Rhodesia and the planned £28 million investment. The plant will employ residents from Bassetlaw, strengthen our local businesses and provide electricity to businesses such as Sainsburys and more. I look forward to seeing how the plant will boost our local economy and provide power for 10,000 homes, to improve energy in the local area while supporting the country’s transition to renewables. I welcome this project.”
Alan Hoyle, project manager, of Smith Brothers concluded: “This carbon capture project is the first of its kind in the UK and represents the future of power generation – if we’re to achieve our nation’s sustainability ambitions. This week's breaking ground is a milestone moment, and we’re proud to be part of the powerhouse of organisations which are committed to delivering on this vital scheme.”
Eleanor Fraser-Smith, head of sustainability at Victory Hill Capital Partners added: "Victory Hill is committed to working towards the UK's energy transition goals, and projects such as this are imperative for us to secure a net zero future. We plan to be good neighbours throughout the construction and operation of this project and look forward to putting Worksop on the map for being a leading light in the future of power generation."