28 August 2009 – A 60 MW biomass and waste fuelled power plant has been given the green light by the UK government this week. The plant will be situated at Tilbury Docks in Essex where fuel can be delivered by barge or boat, reducing the impact on local roads. The move leaves client Tilbury Green Power, a subsidiary of Birmingham-based Express Energy Holdings, clear to start construction.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt said: “If we are to tackle climate change we must reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and also make use of renewable sources of fuel. This power station will achieve both those objectives by turning waste into energy and using biomass, which will also contribute to delivering the UK’s renewable energy targets.
The project is due to be completed in 2011 and could create up to 380 jobs during construction and 120 once it is in operation. It will produce enough energy for the national grid to power 100 000 homes annually – the equivalent of burning 175 000 t of coal.
All power stations with a capacity greater than 50MW require the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s consent to go ahead.