Pinnacle Power has secured the Management Service Agreement (MSA) for the Bernard Matthews Biomass Project. The project, the largest of its kind, includes 179 biomass boilers installed across 21 farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire, delivering heat into 248 sheds.

The MSA involves managing the project on behalf of Equitix ESI Biomass (Norfolk) Ltd for the next 17 years. Pinnacle Power will provide all the services required for the management of this project, including overseeing the responsive and planned maintenance, performance monitoring, main project point-of-contact, RHI submissions and accounting.

Stephen Molineux-Wilkes, who has been running the project since its inception in 2012 and will be moving over to Pinnacle Power, said:

“I am thrilled to be joining the Pinnacle Power team to continue working on such an important biomass project.”

“The project has been the largest roll-out of its kind with over 30MW of installed capacity with 179 systems over 21 locations – something of this calibre requires significant infrastructure and expertise to secure its future success,” he said.

“With five years of history, the project is now developing a good track record and strong relationships with key parts of the supply chain. To continue to build on these with Pinnacle is very exciting.”

Employing more than 2000 people across East Anglia, Bernard Matthews Limited is the largest turkey farmer and supplier in the UK, based near Norwich in Norfolk. The integrated food business, allowing for full traceability of all its products and farms, rear over seven million turkeys each year.

The Bernard Matthews Biomass Project received £24.5m investment – £12m from the Green Investment Bank (GIB) through the Equitix managed fund and £12.5m from private sector capital through the Equitix Energy Efficiency Fund (EEEF).