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UK biomass plant verdict draws closer

In March Stockton Borough Council in the UK will decide whether to give a multi-million pound green energy plant the go-ahead.

The £150 million (€165 million) renewable energy refinery would burn around 400,000 tonnes of pine kernel to produce 49MW of power annually. The electricity generated will be exported to the National Grid via a sub-station at North Tees and provide enough power for over 50,000 homes.

The plant, which has been proposed for a 6.1-hectare site near Kroppers UK, Port Clarence, Stockton, would also supply residential and commercial buildings on the Middlehaven site, Middlesbrough, with heat. It will consist of a fuel store, turbine, air pollution control, cooling plants and offices.

If plans are accepted the facility, which would operate 24 hours a day, will create 200 construction jobs and 40 full time positions when the plant comes online. It is planned that the fuel would be transported from Malaysia once every week in 40,000 tonne lines, thus reducing the amount of HGV traffic on the roads.

A report to councillors says: ‘The proposal would have benefits for the local economy providing employment and training. It is considered that the proposed biomass design provides a contemporary approach to a power station and would create an exemplar power station that can help set the benchmark for the future power station design.’