Blackburn Meadows Renewable Energy Plant

Blackburn Meadows Renewable Energy Plant

Delivering an efficient and technical advanced plant

E.ON is one of the UK’s leading energy companies, providing electricity and gas to five million people. Its Generation business is involved in every stage of the energy generation and supply chain, producing electricity from a portfolio of power stations to meet the needs of its customer base whilst researching and developing new renewable technologies.

ANDRITZ Energy & Environment (AEE) designs, manufactures, installs large scale boiler plant (comprising advanced bubbling and circulating fluidised bed boiler technology), and air pollution control systems (flue gas cleaning systems) around the world. Geo Robson & Co designs, manufactures, installs and commissions robust, reliable, bulk material handling, storage and conveying systems.


In November 2011, E.ON began construction of a biomass renewable energy plant at the Blackburn Meadows site in Sheffield. The 30MW(e) and 25MW(th) renewable energy plant will produce enough power for around 40,000 homes by converting recycled waste wood into electricity as well as supplying hot water for a local district heating scheme (CHP).

It will displace the emissions of 80,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, the equivalent of taking more than 20,000 cars off the UK’s roads, by burning carbon neutral fuel in place of traditional fossil fuels like coal and gas.

ANDRITZ Energy & Environment (AEE) were selected as the Boiler Island Contractor to provide the fluidised-bed boiler plant, flue-gas purification plant, water-steam cycle , air cooled condenser and ancillary plant.

TGM Kanis were selected as the Turbine Island Contractor supplying the turbine and generator. Geo Robson & Co were selected to supply and install fuel handling systems which received the fuel, transports to a storage area, and conveying, screening and feeding into the boiler.



  • Standardised across the whole plant
  • Uniform, well-structured system software
  • Assuring “return to service” of the unit and early income from the revenue stream
  • Good diagnostics facilities
  • Simplified maintenance and fault finding

Capula solution

Capula was awarded two contracts for this project; one from ANDRITZ Energy & Environmental for the supply of the full electrical systems including the main DCS system Boiler Island, and balance of plant systems.

A second contract was awarded by Geo Robson & Co to deliver the control system for the fuel handling plant which had to be integrated into the main DCS system. E.ON placed a sub-contract with German turbine specialist TGM-Kanis for the supply of the steam turbine/generator. This plant has a packaged control & protection system on it which also had to be fully integrated into the main DCS system by Capula.