BWSC North Lincs, a joint venture between PensionDanmark, Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has opened 40MW Brigg Renewable Energy Plant in the UK.

The straw powered biomass plant located near the town of Brigg, North Lincolnshire will generate 40MW of electricity every hour which will be sufficient to meet the energy needs of 75,000 homes.

The £162m plant is based on the biomass energy technology supplied by BWSC under a turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction contract while boiler of the plant has been supplied by the Danish high-tech company BWE.

Brigg Renewable Energy Plant will help in cutting down over 250,000 tons of CO2 every year.

PensionDanmark chief executive officer Torben Möger Pedersen said: "We are very pleased with the good cooperation with CIP and BWSC.

"With the joint venture, we have found a model that provides PensionDanmark with a stable return with limited risks. At the same time, we are helping to increase Danish energy technology exports. We therefore see strong potential in these types of partnerships."

The plant is located on a 13-acre site which was previously a sugar plant. After completion, BWSC will operate and maintain the plant for 15 years, under a long-term Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract.

It will use over 250,000t of wheat straw as feedstock per year while wood chips will be used as auxiliary fuel.

BWSC chief executive officer Anders Heine Jensen said: "We have worked closely with the North Lincolnshire Council and many other statutory agencies, and it is the joint effort of all parties involved in the project which have resulted in the project being delivered ahead of time and within budget."

North Lincolnshire Mayor Trevor Foster said: "We are delighted that such high calibre European companies wish to invest in the UK and in Lincolnshire in particular. Their announcement today of the Brigg Community Benefit Fund reinforces their commitment to the local area, and we look forward to working with them for many years to come."