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Elkesley firm leads UK export drive with renewable energy deal

19 December 2012

A WOOD recycling company thatss just invested £750,000 in its base near Retford has won a contract to supply biomass timber to a renewable energy plant in Sweden.
Plevin will supply the material from its Elkesley site in an 18-month deal starting later this month. The timber will be exported to Sweden via Grimsby docks. 
Plevin managing director Jamie Plevin said: “We are building a strong client base in the renewable energy sector, and this latest deal strengthens our position even further. 
“Plevin is pleased to be leading the UK’s export drive at a time when a great deal of emphasis is being placed on rebalancing the economy and ‘the march of the makers’.
“People in the Retford area may be interested to know that a product being manufactured locally is being exported across Europe for use in a green energy scheme.” 
In 2011 Plevin was awarded an exclusive contract to supply waste timber for a £120m biomass-fired renewable energy plant at Blackburn Meadows, near Sheffield.
The family-owned company recently spent more than £750,000 on new equipment at its Elkesley site, where it employs around 50 people. 
The investment will further improve quality, and ensure the site is as environmentally friendly as possible.
Jamie added: “We are committed to developing our Elkesley site over the long term, and are keen to ensure it benefits from the very latest in environmental management best practice.”
Plevin manufactures a wide range of sustainable products from virgin and waste wood materials.
The company is one of the biggest suppliers of animal bedding products in the country, with customers including supermarkets and pet wholesalers.
Plevin is applying for planning permission to build a green energy plant at its Elkesley site, on Crookford Hill.  
The biomass CHP (combined heat and power) plant would be carbon neutral, creating green heat and electricity from wood.
It would use around 22,000 tonnes of waste wood, sourced mainly from local civic amenity sites that would otherwise go to landfill. Excess electricity would be exported to the National Grid, for use by households and businesses.
The plant would offset about 25,000 tonnes of CO2 a year – equivalent to the annual CO2 output of about 4,500 UK households. It would also create 16 full-time permanent jobs, including apprenticeships. 
A public consultation period runs until October 4, and Notts County Council planners are likely to make a decision on the proposals later this year or in early 2013.