Britain to build the world's biggest
Nov 21, 2007 - M2 Presswire
The massive expansion of the UK's renewables
sector continues apace today as consent is granted,
by the Energy Secretary John Hutton, for a 350MW wood-chipped
fuelled electricity generating plant in Port Talbot,
"This will be the biggest biomass plant
in the world, generating enough clean electricity
to power half of the homes in Wales. It joins eight
major renewables projects already given the green
light in the past 12 months alone and is another important
step towards the low carbon economy envisaged by the
When completed at the turn of the decade,
the GBP400m plant from developer Prenergy, will contribute
around 70% of the Welsh Assembly's 2010 renewable
And with biomass generation it will
be able to produce continuous, base-load electricity
for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year over the 25 years
of its expected lifetime.
The wood fuel is expected to come from
sustainable sources in the US and Canada.
This is the latest in a series of renewable
consents cleared by ministers at the Department for
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. Six offshore
wind farms have been given the go-ahead, alongside
an onshore wind farm in Devon and the Wave Hub marine
energy project, which will be sited off the coast
of North Cornwall.
1. Consent for the project has been
granted under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.
2. Other projects consented in the
last 12 months are:
Walney (450MW) Ormonde (90mw) Thanet
(300MW) Greater Gabbard (500MW) London Array (1GW)
Teesside (90MW) Fullabrook Down, Devon (66MW) Wave
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