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Go-ahead for Blyth’s £250m biomass plant

25 Jul 13 Renewable energy company RES has welcomed the government's decision to grant development consent for its North Blyth biomass power station, at Battleship Wharf in Northumberland's Blyth Estuary.

CGI of the plant
CGI of the plant

The £250m power station is designed to burn wood to generate 100MW of low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of over 170,000 UK households a year.

The North Blyth biomass power station is RES' first biomass development. Its other schemes to date are solar and wind power.

RES project manager Chris Lawson said: “We now look forward to taking the project forward to construction and to kick starting this multi-million pound investment in the Blyth Estuary area."

RES aims to start construction next year. It is expected to take 30 months to complete.

A Department of Energy & Climate Change spokesman said: “Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“If constructed, this development will help bring jobs and growth to the local economy.”

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