The combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Michelin site in Stoke was built at a cost of £40 million. It is owned and operated by E.ON UK CHP and provides Michelin with steam and electricity on a continuous 24-hour basis. Having become operational at the end of 2002 it will continue to supply Michelin with its energy needs for at least 15 years.
The main plant comprises of a gas turbine, a heat recovery boiler and steam turbine together capable of producing around 56MW of electricity and 60 tonnes per hour of steam.
To ensure Michelin has complete security of supply the plant has three standby boilers which can each produce 20 tonnes of steam per hour and the local grid provides back-up electricity. Furthermore, these boilers are capable of using fuel distillate as well as gas.