Belfast Telegraph

Construction firm celebrates deal to build renewable energy facility

By Clare Weir

A Belfast-based construction firm is to deliver a multi-million pound renewable energy project in Scotland.

Lagan Construction is to help build a new wood pellet and biomass power plant at Girvan for low carbon energy company Land Energy.

In a UK first, wood pelleting and a special type of power turbine which runs on waste heat, are being brought together.

The new facility is being built on the site of a former textile factory and once completed will generate enough wood pellets to provide sufficient heat energy for up to 15,000 homes. The timber used in the production process will be supplied locally from Scottish commercial forestry, ensuring the sustainability of this source of renewable energy.

Lagan Construction will undertake all the civil, structural and building works required to adapt the site including the conversion of three existing buildings which are being re-used as part of the new processing plant.

Work will be delivered in two phases beginning in early July with completion in March 2012.

The contract is the latest in a series of big deals for Lagan. Last week City of Edinburgh Council appointed Lagan Construction to deliver £11.5m of flood defences in its battle to prevent flash flooding. And in April it was announced that Lagan would be taking part in an £8.7m improvement scheme at Ronald Reagan Airport in Washington DC.