Our Biomass Team advise clients on legal issues relating to investment, procurement, and commercial and contractual advice relating to biomass plants.

The production of heat currently accounts for a large majority of the UK's carbon emissions. Use of biomass (such as wood, straw, or energy crops) as a fuel to produce energy and heating could significantly reduce this as biomass fuels have far lower net carbon emissions than the fossil fuels. Biomass plants are subject to regulation from sustainability standards and planning permission on internal installations.

Relevant Experience
  • Birmingham Bio Power, Carbonarius and Balfour Beatty: Advising on investments in respect of the Tyseley Biomass Plant.
  • Una Group: Acting in respect of its procurement of a Biomass plant in Plymouth.
  • Advising a major utility on gasification and pyrolosis projects, based on IChemE Red Book, for treatment of dried sewage sludge.
  • Ixora Energy Ltd: Advising the project companies on the design, building, maintenance and operation of number of Anaerobic Digestion facilities sponsored by Ixora Energy Ltd and two funders. As at September 2014, the projects are expected to produce c.18MW of energy (in terms of electricity production, gas exported to the national gas grid and thermal output) with a total capital value of c.£30million.
  •  Advising the civils contractor in relation to an IVC composting project

Key Contact

Ruth Murray

Partner and Head of Projects

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+44 (0)1392 333857

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