- UK biomass demand for the power sector up to 2020
- Major transport routes mapped for biopower supply chains
- Port handling capacities, road and rail biomass distribution capacities across the UK
- Infrastructure constraints, and investment required to overcome these
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses in the UK infrastructure to transport biomass
- To inform investment decisions in biomass
- To plan best location for biomass developments
- To inform policy decisions and investment in infrastructure
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This is an updating annex to the original report completed in March 2013 to outline developments subsequent to the original report reflecting both company decisions and responses to changing Government policy announcements in the interim.
The overarching aim of the original project was to define the baseline, existing biomass supply infrastructure in the UK and understand the temporal and geographical dynamics of expected supply chains as a means to establish whether UK infrastructure will be sufficient to meet the demand of the UK biomass market leading up to 2020.
Since the original report was completed there have been a number of policy changes affecting biomass power, described in the report.
These changes have caused a number of biomass projects to either be put on hold or abandoned entirely. DECC wished to understand the impacts of this on the conclusions arising from the analysis completed previously.
The Renewables Roadmap, published in 2011, stated
the government‘s plan to triple the current UK biomass electricity capacity.
NNFCC conducted analyses of the capacity and constraints of the infrastructure and supply
chain, and the associated risks in meeting the UK 2020 renewable energy targets, in
2012 and this update for 2014.
The aim of this project was to define the baseline of existing biomass
supply infrastructure in the UK and understand the temporal and geographical
dynamics of expected supply chains as a means to establish whether UK
infrastructure will be sufficient to meet the demand of the UK biomass market
leading up to 2020.
To provide an accurate estimation of the biomass feedstock volumes that
will be required by the UK power sector, NNFCC engaged with major industry
developers to establish their intentions for development of biomass power
facilities. This data was then used to develop biomass demand projections
leading to 2020. Alongside this work, estimates for future port handling
capacity were calculated and an assessment of the potential for biomass to be
distributed on the rail network was undertaken using information gathered
through discussions with port operators, Network Rail and major UK freight
operating companies. The outputs were then used to predict whether infrastructure
constraints may act as a limiting factor to expansion of the UK biomass market.
UK biomass infrastructure capacity, planned expansion
and constraints were analysed for:
- Biomass power facilities
- Large biomass storage
- Feedstock transport routes
- Rail network
- Freight operators
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