North Kyle Energy Project
Brockwell Energy are pleased to confirm an application has been made to Scottish Ministers for the development of a wind energy project within North Kyle Forest in East Ayrshire. Incorporating 54 wind turbines, it will be one of the largest such initiatives in Scotland.
Conceived following the collapse of coal industry, its creation recognises the major shortfall in funds available to undertake meaningful restoration across disturbed parts of the North Kyle site and the need to create funding to invest in re-generation in local communities impacted from the demise of coal.
The project includes a commitment to restore parts of the site and assist in regeneration of the area.
The site location has the following favourable characteristics:
• A good wind resource
• Sufficient landholding to accommodate a viable wind project without subsidy
• A position outside the boundaries of any statutorily protected environmental features
• A location where adopted planning policies indicate wind energy projects are likely to be acceptable (“Group 3” location)
• Land with brownfield characteristics and abandoned surface coal mining areas that could be utilised and improved
• A large amount of existing infrastructure, including internal access roads and direct access from the public road
• Potential for re-use of discarded materials related to previous mining activities
• Potential for new internal sources of stone
• Proximity to the New Cumnock substation to allow export of power
• Secured land rights from the two landowning entities involved
The application is accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) that provides a thorough appraisal of likely significant positive and negative environmental effects of the development. The EIAR describes how the project has been carefully sited and designed to minimise significant effects.
As with all large-scale onshore wind projects, there will be some landscape and visual effects. However, given the scale of the development and the benefits it will bring, these will be comparatively modest and acceptable.
This will be a sustainable development capable of delivering approximately 530,467 megawatt hours a year of clean, green renewable energy. This is the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 130,528 homes and represents a significant contribution to Scottish Government targets for renewable energy.
There will also be decreased greenhouse gas emissions. The project would have an expected payback period for the carbon emissions associated with its construction, operation and decommissioning of 1.8 years, if replacing generation capacity from the ‘Fossil Fuel Mix’. It would save an estimated 244,015 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere a year compared to a typical fossil fuel mix of electricity supply.
The development would also contribute to the UK’s indigenous supply of energy, reducing reliance on imported energy.
Regeneration and Enhancement
The application includes a commitment by Brockwell Energy towards restoration and regeneration within and around the site. Since inception, Brockwell have committed that the project will deliver significant additional funding, over and above the standard community benefit, for the restoration of abandoned areas since the project was conceived, and have held on to those principles as plans for the site have evolved.
Approximately one third of the application site has been subject to surface coal mining, with much of this land unrestored and having no prospect of full restoration. The project presents a unique opportunity to assist in restoration of these areas and to help to bring land back into beneficial use – consistent with the policies and plans of the Scottish Government and East Ayrshire Council. The restoration has designed to be complementary and to enhance other current restoration ideas and preliminary designs.
The scheme also offers opportunities for enhancement of the wider area. These are described in a Regeneration and Enhancement Activities Statement accompanying the application. This illustrates how parts of the site could be restored. It is envisaged that detailed proposals would be developed in line with those parameters, in consultation with EAC and the landowners, and liaison with local communities.
The restoration would be secured by legal obligations and undertaken concurrently with construction and commissioning. The works have been valued at £5.2 million and would be a combination of ‘built-in’ benefits, flowing from construction work, and ‘additional opportunities’ secured through a committed £2.6 million of funding from Brockwell Energy through the North Kyle Trust (see below).
The restoration works would principally be focused in the former Chalmerston mine complex to complement restoration works valued at £4.3 million to be secured by East Ayrshire Council.
The opportunities for regeneration, improving the amenity of the area and improving access to North Kyle in the short, medium and long term are exceptional.
The restoration opportunities are consistent with planning policies and are well aligned to many of the objectives and aspirations of the North Kyle Forest Masterplan. The project has been designed to offer:
• Provision of public access along 54km of track to provide routes of varying distance
• Habitat management improvements including encouragement of black grouse
• Restoration of peat and creation of water bodies
• Restoration of c. 97 ha of currently derelict land
• Regrading of tips to improve appeal to forest users such as walkers and cyclists
• Provision of signposting and interpretive displays to aid navigation and provide context
• Early provision of utilities to the ‘Hub’ envisaged by the masterplan as an activity area
The project would use existing infrastructure across the site including, where possible, recovery of construction materials from previous overburden stores and the narrowing of over-widened coal haul roads.
The North Kyle Trust
Brockwell Energy have committed, from the very outset of the scheme, to form a North Kyle Trust with a commitment to initial funding at financial close based on £33,333 per installed megawatt (MW), to provide targeted additional funding to support existing initiatives and projects. On an installed capacity of 226.8MW this would create an initial £7.56 million of funding, which will start to flow as soon as financial close for the Proposed Development is achieved. This will accelerate the commencement of the delivery of community funding. Funding of £2.6 million from the £7.56 million package would be committed to restoration over parts of the site as described above.
This boost funding, completely separate and additive from the community benefit amounts, is truly innovative in nature as it presents an early injection of cash during the construction phase, exceeding best practice guidance and providing financial support for projects and initiatives within 8km of the site. No developer has ever made a voluntary commitment at this level and this reflects the original founding premise of the scheme, that being to find a means of generating significant and meaningful funding to make a difference to the local communities over a long and sustained period of time, both to improve the local environment and invest in the communities.
In addition to restoration, the funding could be used to support the aims of existing initiatives, such as the North Kyle Forest Masterplan, the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership, other existing local initiatives, and ongoing site improvement works, as well as new community-based initiatives that may arise.
Brockwell have also committed to provide community benefit funding of £5,000 per MW installed capacity per year (index-linked). Using the example of a 226.8MW development, this means the annual contribution to the fund would be £1.134 million. Over the 25-year operational lifetime of the proposed development this would equate, assuming annual inflation at 2% due to inflation to £36.3 million. This represents a major financial contribution and resource to underpin regeneration and investment locally. The annual payments of this benefit would commence following commissioning of the development and continue for 25 years.
An 8km radius for distribution of the community benefit funding is considered to reflect the particular circumstances of the site, along with local community requirements to achieve locally focused benefits for local communities and environments affected by the collapse of the coal industry.
Brockwell launch recruitment drive for Fife plant
Brockwell Energy can confirm we are now in advanced negotiations to build our 220,000-tonne Energy-from-Waste facility at Westfield in Fife.
Full planning permission was obtained in February and Brockwell are now recruiting key staff to assist the construction and management of the plant.
During the construction process the peak number of employees engaged in the project will be more than 400, while during normal operations the new plant will deliver around 40 long-term jobs to the local community.
Westfield will be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the old open cast coal mine that closed in 1994 in an area that now has planning permission in principle for a wide range of business uses.
Construction of the plant will start in March, with commercial operations beginning in 2023. When completed, Westfield will provide cheap renewable heat and power to attract other industrial operators to invest in the site.
Brockwell’s CEO Alex Lambie commented: “We are delighted to be able to confirm the build of Westfield, coming so soon after the commencement of construction on our 220,000-tonne Earls Gate Energy-from-Waste facility in Grangemouth on January 7 this year. It really is a very exciting time for the company.
“We believe Westfield will provide a world-class and cost-efficient residual waste disposal option for Fife Council – and many other Scottish local authorities who have not yet secured such a disposal route for their waste.
“Similar to Earls Gate, the plant will provide a stable and reliable technology solution that is well placed to adjust to the inevitable changes that will take place in the mix of waste over the next 25 years.”
23 May 2019
Robert Armour joins Scotland’s newest energy company
Brockwell Energy are delighted to announce that Robert Armour has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Group.
Robert has more than thirty years of experience and expertise in the power generation sector. The former Chairman of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry and Smarter Grid Solutions, and former Deputy Chairman of NuGeneration, he is currently a Non-Executive Director of Albion Community Power, the Oil and Gas Authority and the Nuclear Liabilities Fund.
He brings extensive experience of developing significant energy projects, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance in the power sector, as well as a wide network of industry connections.
Robert commented: “Energy-from-Waste is a huge opportunity and essential for a more sustainable Scotland. Delivering the projects in Grangemouth and Fife, and building a leading Scottish-based company in this sector, is an exciting challenge.”
Alex Lambie, Chief Executive of Brockwell, commented: “We very much look forward to working with Robert in developing our business. His role will be instrumental in growing the experience and capabilities of the team.’”
On behalf of the company’s investors, Daniel Boehm said: “We’re delighted to obtain a Chairman with Robert’s proven skills and experience. We believe he will add real depth and weight to the board’s strategic goals and corporate governance.”
Robert will work closely with the executive team and investors to deliver Brockwell’s expanding project pipeline of Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plants in Earls Gate in Grangemouth, Westfield in Fife, and locations in England.
The Earls Gate initiative is already under construction. Together with a second plant targeting financial close in the first quarter of next year, these major facilities will handle more than 400,000 tonnes of waste and generate over 40MW of power – providing heat and power to the host chemical company site via a private network.
Ultimately, both projects will be invaluable in helping local authorities and the Scottish Government meet ambitious performance targets for sustainability and waste recycling.
8 April 2019
Grzegorz Waszkiewicz to oversee Earls Gate project
Grzegorz Waszkiewicz has become the latest team member at Brockwell Energy, responsible for overseeing the financial management of the prestigious Earls Gate Energy-from-Waste project in Grangemouth.
Greg is a Chartered Certified Accountant who has worked in the renewable energy development sector for the past seven years.
He joins Brockwell from Repsol Nuevas Energias and Red Rock Power Limited and will split his time between Brockwell’s new head office in Edinburgh and their project office in Grangemouth.
Construction of the 21.5 MWe Energy-from-Waste plant at Grangemouth commenced in January and the facility is anticipated to become operational in November 2021, creating up to 500 jobs during construction and 30 long-term jobs in the operational phase.
It will not only prevent 216,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste going to landfill each year, but also provide low-carbon heat and power to four local industries, including chemical manufacturer and site utility service provider CalaChem, supplying CalaChem and other occupiers on the adjacent Earls Gate Park.
Commenting on the appointment, Iain Cockburn, Brockwell’s Chief Financial Office, said: “We are delighted to have Greg on the Brockwell team. His work ethic, skillset and experience are perfectly matched to our needs and we look forward to having him join us at this exciting time in the company’s evolution.”
5 March 2019
Energy company committed to growing UK-wide portfolio
As Scotland’s newest energy company, Brockwell are pleased to announce they have established their new headquarters in Edinburgh.
Relocating from their original office location in Gateshead, the company have launched a bespoke HQ in the prestigious Caledonian Exchange building in Canning Street in the capital’s West End.
Alex Lambie, CEO of Brockwell, commented: “Although Brockwell continue to seek investment opportunities in the renewable and flexible generation sectors across the whole of the UK, our current portfolio of development projects makes Edinburgh the ideal base for the business.
“The move to the new office affirms our commitment to completing the development of our other Scottish development projects. Caledonian Exchange provides a base from which to support both the Earls Gate and Westfield Energy-from-Waste projects, as well as Brockwell Energy Group’s three onshore wind projects in South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire.”
Brockwell also recently opened a bespoke office in Grangemouth to support the construction and development of Earls Gate Energy Centre, where a 21.5 MWe Energy-from-Waste facility will not only prevent 216,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste going to landfill each year but also provide low-carbon heat and power to four local industries.
15 February 2019
Gavin Miller joins as SHEQA Manager
Gavin Miller has become the newest member of the Brockwell Energy team with his appointment as SHEQA Manager.
Gavin will initially be based from the company’s brand new Grangemouth office to oversee the commencement of construction of the Earls Gate Energy-from-Waste plant.
Brockwell’s Technical Director, Neil Young, commented: “Coming from our corporate background in the power generation and construction sectors, the area of health and safety has always been one of our key strengths and priorities. We are delighted to welcome Gavin to the Brockwell team. As a chartered engineer and experienced health and safety professional, his talents and experience will further enhance the skill set across our growing team. His initial focus will be on supporting the Earls Gate Energy Centre EfW project during its construction phase, as well as continuing to develop and refine our corporate policies and procedures”.
4 February 2019
Staff Recruitment Process Launched
As Scotland’s newest energy company, with our HQ in Edinburgh, Brockwell are pleased to announce we have opened a bespoke office in Grangemouth.
The new premises will support the construction and development of Earls Gate Energy Centre.
This 21.5 MWe Energy-from-Waste facility will not only prevent 216,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste going to landfill each year but also provide low-carbon heat and power to four local industries, including chemical manufacturer and site utility service provider CalaChem, supplying CalaChem and other occupiers on the adjacent Earls Gate Park.
The Brockwell office is located adjacent to the construction site and is an ideal base for the management of the construction phase of the project.
The Chief Executive of Brockwell, Alex Lambie, commented: “The establishment and staffing of this office demonstrates our strong commitment to delivering the very best quality service to the Earls Gate project. The initiative provides a local presence in Grangemouth for Brockwell and over the next few months we will be recruiting new team members to staff the office – this means we will be able to offer the best support in the best place possible.”
31 January 2019
Company Awarded 25-Year Management Services Deal
Edinburgh-based Brockwell Energy are pleased to announce their subsidiary company, Brockwell Energy Services Limited, have been awarded a 25-year contract to provide management services to Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited.
Under the new deal Brockwell Energy Services will take responsibility as the lead service provider during the construction and operational phases of the new Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Grangemouth.
The plant is anticipated to become operational in November 2021, creating up to 500 jobs during construction and 30 long-term jobs in the operational phase.
In the initial phase Brockwell Energy Services will be responsible for overseeing construction and providing finance and administrative support. It will also ensure fuel strategy and procurement is delivered to support commissioning and the transition to operations.
In the operational phase, the company will be responsible for the plant management, fuel procurement, ash disposal and all administrative matters, including accounting, financial modelling, reporting and compliance on behalf of shareholders and lenders.
Brockwell Energy CEO Alex Lambie commented: “This is a complex and prestigious initiative and we are delighted to be providing management services on such a high-profile and flagship project. These services build on the skills and experience we have deployed in assisting the project through its development phase. We look forward to providing high-quality support to the lenders, shareholders and other project stakeholders.”
18 December 2018