A TEAM of Blackburn solicitors are helping with the construction of a new green energy plant in Cheshire.

Taylors, based at Rawlings House, Exchange St in Ewood have done so by advising green entrepreneur Mark Schofield and his company Trinity Organics on a £14 million investment in the construction of the new waste-to-energy plant.

Thanks to this advice, the company has won the backing of Dutch green investment firm Primco and construction is now underway on a three-acre brownfield site in Ellesmere Port, with the facility expected to be operational by the summer.

Taylors corporate partner Matthew Catterall said: “We are delighted to have advised Trinity Organics and Mark Schofield on the successful investment by Primco, which will bring Mark’s vision to fruition.

“We hope this is the start of a productive partnership, and that Mark and Primco can deliver additional operations throughout the UK to support the country’s growing green energy market.

He added: “This deal demonstrates that, despite Brexit and much uncertainty in the market, the UK remains very attractive for international investment, including from the EU and especially in the green energy sector, in which we are seeing a significant increase in activity and requests from clients to advise upon.”

Trinity Organics says that the plant will digest 36,000 tonnes of organic waste each year and convert it into green gas to supply to the National Grid.

The plant will produce enough biomethane to provide 41.5 million kilowatt hours of gas a year, which is sufficient to power 3,500 average-sized four-bedroom detached houses.

Crucially for the company's green agenda, they say that the plant will prevent the harmful release into the atmosphere of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.

They hope that this will contribute to the UK’s drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Mr Schofield said: “Having spent a number of years working to deliver this project, I am delighted to have completed this transaction with Primco that will allow my vision to become reality.

“I am excited to work with Primco to deliver not just this project but also other renewable energy schemes.

“Matthew and his team at Taylors have provided sound commercial advice to bring the deal to a successful conclusion, and I am extremely grateful for their support and advice.”

To find out more about Taylors' advisory services, go to: http://www.taylors.co.uk/.