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UK could see largest biomass facility in near future

A potential biomass import centre in Northern England remains a prospect but will rely heavily on favourable government policy being in place.

Teesport owner PD Ports wants to add the centre as a response to growing demands for biomass supplies, but bosses believe the government’s plans around electricity market reform must remain pro-biomass to go ahead.

‘There is the Renewables Obligation Certificates regime and still some electricity market reform to go, so this project very much depends on government legislation being favourable towards biomass,’ PD Ports CEO David Robinson was quoted as saying.

‘These are very preliminary stages of planning for us, but the facility would generate construction jobs over a two-year programme and around 50 permanent jobs upon completion.’

PD Ports has been planning the move for over a year and believe the facility would be the largest in the UK.