THREE SILOS, each 36m tall and 45m in diameter, have been built by Spencer Group at Tyne Dock in South Shields, Tyne and Wear. They will handle up to 1.8 million tonnes of wood pellets annually, to support the full conversion of Lynemouth power station on the Northumberland coast from coal-burning to biomass.

Each silo will be capable of storing 25,000 tonnes of wood pellets unloaded from ships, with the pellets then being discharged via two conveying streams to a rail-loading facility to take the material to Lynemouth by train. The facility should be fully operational by the end of the year.