Iceni Energy and Eco2 take biomass plans forward

Iceni Energy has announced a new partnership with Eco2, the developers of a proposed straw fired power station in Mendlesham, Suffolk.

The agreement is designed to ensure that the fuel requirements of the Snetterton and Mendlesham biomass plants are met without affecting existing straw supplies. According to a statement, this approach is expected to ensure a smooth supply chain for raw material and streamline working relationships with the local agricultural industry.

Together, the projects at Mendlesham and Snetterton, offer the prospect of regional investment totalling over £200m, which will provide a significant boost to the agricultural economy and provide hundreds of long-term job opportunities in operations and fuel supply.

Andrew Hilton, Managing Director of Iceni Energy, said: “Iceni Energy has an intimate understanding of agriculture in East Anglia, whilst Eco2 has a proven track record in getting projects through the financing process and into construction. It makes perfect sense to be working together for the good of both projects.’

For the immediate future, the joint venture will be focusing on the construction of Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant, which was approved in 2012. This will then provide the basis to develop the site at Mendlesham, should the project receive planning consent.