MGT Planning 295-MW Biomass Plant in UK

MGT Power Ltd. has announced plans to develop a second major biomass power generation project at the Port of Tyne in the North Tyneside, England. The proposed 295-megawatt (MW) Tyne Renewable Energy Plant (Tyne REP) will be located on industrial land in the Port of Tyne, North Shields and is 10 kilometes east of Newcastle City Centre.

The site is on the north bank of the River Tyne. Subject to planning, the plant, generating power from sustainable sources of biomass, is targeted for commercial operation in 2014.

As a first stage in the Tyne REP planning process, MGT Power has outlined details of the project in a Scoping Document which has been circulated to local and planning and environmental groups, including North Tyneside Council, the Environment Agency and the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

The document outlines the rationale for the project, the energy and planning policy framework and the technical studies and consultations that MGT Power will undertake as part of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The biomass feedstock for the Tyne Renewable Energy Plant will be sourced from certified sustainable forestry projects developed by the MGT Power team and partners in North and South America and the Baltic States, and in the longer-term UK sources.

The biomass is clean burning woodchip. The plant will use around 2.4 million tonnes of woodchips per year and will operate at baseload – 24 hours a day, all year round.

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