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Biomass contract for wood firm

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.  

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