7 June 1996

Supplies look OK for straw fuel station

WIDESPREAD farmer interest in an East Anglian straw-fuelled power station – the only one awarded a contract under the governments third tranche of the Non Fossil Fuel Obligation – suggests that it should have no trouble in obtaining supplies, reckon the promoters.

Contracts to provide the 205,000t of wheat, oilseed rape and linseed straw a year required by newly created Anglian Straw will be on a first come, first served basis, says the firms Nigel Viney. He expects that the project will be over-subscribed.

The company, formed by Sidney Banks and Northern Straw Co, will handle the entire supply operation, based on Hesston big bales, baling in the field and buying from both farmers and contractors. Eight lorries will suffice for transport within the 40-50 miles collection radius of the station, he explains.

Construction of the plant, to be run by Norweb Generation, will take two years. "Building will start, hopefully, at the end of the summer," says Mr Viney. &#42