A family-owned wood recycling firm has announced major growth plans after securing a multi-million pound contract to supply waste timber for energy to E.ON.
R Plevin and Sons will supply the wood for E.ON’s biomass-fired energy plant in Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield.
Plevin’s managing director Jamie Plevin said the contract was a “significant milestone” in the company’s 38-year history.
“In order to meet the demand, we will be creating new jobs at our existing sites as well as opening a number of new facilities at strategic locations,” he said.
The new biomass plant will generate up to 30MW – enough power to supply 40,000 homes - from recycled waste wood when it begins operations in mid 2014. Construction of the site will begin this month.
Luke Ellis, project manager at E.ON, said: “It was important to us to use UK-sourced recycled waste wood to power the Blackburn Meadows plant.”
Plevin currently employs 150 staff at six sites across the country. It collects, processes and distributes 600,000 tonnes of wood a year.