Hertfordshire-based renewables firm RES has been given permission to construct a wood-fuelled biomass plant in Northumberland’s Blyth Estuary.
The North Blyth Biomass Power Station, to sit at Battleship Wharf, will produce up to 100MW of low carbon energy – enough to power 170,000 households annually. It is the first such development handled by RES, and will cost in the region of £250m.
RES Project Manager Chris Lawson stated: “We will continue to work with local residents and business, as we move towards starting construction next year. We also look forward to engaging with local people on the Community Benefit Fund that the project will bring.”
Lawson continued: “Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Constituting a “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project”, the North Blyth plant has endured prolonged scrutiny from the government, local councils, environmental and business statutory bodies and a wide range of stakeholders. Consultations between RES and local community members have been held extensively over the past four years.
Construction on the plant is scheduled to start in 2014, and is expected to last for two and a half years.