In the UK, Danish company Dong Energy is planning a multi-million pound biomass power station in Hull.
If plans go ahead, the refinery will be constructed on an 80,000 m2 site that is owned by Associated British Ports (ABP). The biomass plant will burn waste wood to generate 300MW of electricity – enough to power 500,000 homes.
Dong Energy and ABP are also working on plans for a new £100 million (€113.7 million) shipping cubicle adjacent to the facility. Not only would the berth handle imported biomass fuel for the plant, but other ABP customers could also use it.
According to ABP, a large number of jobs would be created, during construction and when it is operational.
Ian Crummack, from Dong Energy, says: ‘The Humber Estuary location has a lot of potential, particularly because it offers the advantage of bringing biomass to the power station via water. This greatly reduced the need to transport the fuel by road and would therefore reduce the power station’s carbon footprint and impact on the local transport network.’