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Paul Apps  Chartered Engineer, with over 35 years’ experience with plant development and operations.  His core capability is assisting with defining practical, operable and maintainable solutions, justifying them to owners and operators and nurturing them from concept to economic operation.

Futurbio Ltd was set up in 2003 providing advisory services to projects in development and plant operations.  This has included economic assessment, conceptual design, organisation development, preparation of quality management systems, due diligence and expert witness services.  The most recent assignment being the technical development of the  JG Pears (Power) Ltd biomass CHP  9MWe + 28MWth, fully opeartional June 2018.

From 1988 – 2003,  as technical co-founder of Fibrowatt Ltd he held responsibility for the development and construction of the Fibropower, the UK’s first large scale biomass waste combustion plant on a project financed own–operate basis. Subsequently as operations director he was responsible as owner for commissioning and operation of the Fibropower, Fibrogen and Fibrothetford plants 65MWe in total.  During that period he also set up and managed a project for the UK government to incinerate of 85kt of animal waste arising from the BSE crisis including project development and conversion of the operational Fibrogen power plant for incineration duty.

An early career in the Royal Navy, starting as an electrical artificer apprentice and latterly as a seagoing engineer officer provided foundation experience in mechanical and electrical plant operations resulting in a practical approach to engineering solutions and a keen interest in maintenance management for reliability.  This was followed in 1980 by five years with a major UK engineering consultancy working on desalination and gas turbine power projects, then five years with an international process engineering contractor developing CHP projects in the UK and authoring utility systems management procedures for a refinery project in Saudi Arabia.


Peter Jackson  Chartered Engineer,  with over fourty years’ experience in the power and process industry.  His core specialist knowledge includes design of thermal power plant covering fuels, phases and control of combustion, flue gas chemistry, heat transfer, steam and water loop, generating systems and abatement technology,  He has been a work colleague of Paul Apps since development of the Thetford plant in 1995 and made the thermal process and combustion system design basis for the Newark 45 MWth CHP project.

From 2000 to 2008 he was responsible for the preparation of the front end engineering design of Fibrowatt Apeldoorn 33MW and Minnesota 55MWe biomass power plants.  He was author of the project design basis for the project critical biomass handling, combustion, heat recovery, ash handling, and emissions control sections of these plants. 

Between 1995 and 2000 he held senior design responsibility for the Thetford 38MWe biomass plant as well as project control of Thetford power station through the design, construct, commission, performance testing and early operation phases. This work continued with the owner to 2006, advising on all design related operational matters.

He has held engineering and management positions both in UK and overseas, including those of Technical Manager for the Drax Power Station Completion Phase, Construction Manager at the Thorp Reprocessing facility, BNFL Sellafield and Site Project Manager at BP Grangemouth KG Ethylene.  Experience abroad includes supervision of power station refurbishment in Sudan, sugar mill plant installation in Pakistan, management of high pressure pipework installation at Hwange Power Station Zimbabwe and boiler assessment and design review in a number of countries in South America, Africa and Europe

His experience with Babcock in power plant engineering and thermal process design was followed in 1995 by a new assignment with Foster Wheeler Energy UK as Employer’s Representative and Project Engineering Manager on behalf of the developer of the Thetford Biomass Power Station Project, Fibrowatt Ltd.