Major Biomass Plant Approval for UK

A 295 MW biomass-fired power station has been granted approval by the UK government.

The £500 million (US$750 million) Tees Renewable Energy Plant, located at Teesport, is being developed by MGT Power Ltd and is scheduled to begin commercial operations in late 2012. Sited about 6 km east of Middlesbrough on land adjacent to the main southern dock at Teesport on the south bank of the River Tees, the baseload plant will use biomass feedstock sourced from certified sustainable forestry projects developed by the MGT team and partners in North and South America and the Baltic States. These projects will provide clean burning woodchip and the plant will use around 2.4 million tonnes of the material per annum.

Chris Moore, director of MGT Power said: “The government’s consent is welcome news as we are at an advanced stage with forestry establishment for fuel sourcing, and power plant procurement. We can now mandate our banks, conclude the financing and reach agreement with our preferred technology bidders.”

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