Lynemouth Power Station (or “LPL”) is at the forefront of the UK’s energy market as one of the most ambitious renewable energy investment projects in the UK that has been undertaken over recent years. The plant has undergone a major conversion programme that has seen the former coal-fired power station convert to full biomass electricity generation. The conversion project meant a significant collaboration amongst LPL employees, contractor partners, Government agencies and EPH. Now fully handed over to LPL, the plant has 395 MW of net installed powering approximately 450,000 homes.
Lynemouth Power Station uses sustainably-sourced, renewable wood pellets, primarily from the USA and Canada, which are transported to the UK by sea. Carbon emissions arising from transportation are included in the calculation made by LPL to report against current sustainability criteria under the CfD.
It is one of the largest sites of its kind in Europe and has, since converting to biomass, reduced nitrous oxide emissions by two-thirds and more than halved dust emissions. Sulphurous oxide emissions have also been reduced by more than 95% to minimal compared to previous coal generation. Process safety is a crucial part of everyday operations to protect all personnel and those visiting the site.
Lynemouth Power Station’s exceptional safety record is testament to the robust systems and procedures in place, in particular those implemented during the plant’s conversion to biomass. LPL complies with and adheres to strict industry legislation, as well as health and safety codes, to ensure the highest operational standards at all times.