Metso, a global supplier of technology and services for a variety of industries, will provide the site's main biomass boiler. Aker Solutions, a provider of engineering and construction services and part of Aker Solutions ASA, will project manage construction, provide support services and procure some of the plant equipment.
RWE npower renewables is working in partnership with paper maker Tullis Russell to supply its plant with steam and electricity from the new biomass facility.
Stephan Lohr, head of biomass at RWE, said: "The combined skills and expertise of our chosen contractors Metso and Aker Solutions will be a major asset during the construction of the new Tullis Russell biomass power plant. Whilst initial groundwork has begun, construction will begin in earnest later this year and the power plant is scheduled for operation in late 2012.
He added, "This project is RWE's largest investment to date in biomass based power generation and part of our ongoing commitment to invest €1bn per annum in renewable energy. In addition to this project, we are developing plans for a similar biomass plant in Lincolnshire, with an installed capacity of 65MW. Across Europe, we are aiming to build biomass plants with a total installed capacity of around 390MW by 2013."