The North Blyth Biomass Power Station has been given development consent by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change. The Plant, which is expected to have an electrical output of 99.9MW, comprises the building and operation of a biomass power station at Battleship Wharf, Port of Blyth, Northumberland.
The application was submitted for consideration on 15 March 2012 and accepted for examination on 11 April 2012.
RES Delighted By Government Approval Of Biomass Power Station For The North East: RES welcomed the Government’s decision to grant development consent for its North Blyth Biomass Power Station, located at Battleship Wharf in Northumberland’s Blyth Estuary. Once operational the 100MW power station will be able to generate low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of over 170,000 UK households every year using sustainably sourced wood-based fuel.
The decision by the Secretary of State for Energy enables RES to deliver the £250m project, providing a significant investment in the Blyth and wider North East economy, as well as bringing hundreds of job opportunities during the two to three year construction process.
The North Blyth Biomass Power Station is RES’ first biomass development, and joins a growing portfolio of onshore and offshore wind as well as solar energy projects that have been developed by the leading independent renewable energy generator.
As a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’, the North Blyth Biomass Power Station has been subject to extensive scrutiny and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, from local councils, business and environmental and statutory bodies through to national government. RES has also engaged extensively with the local communities around the project over the last four years.
RES anticipates that construction will start in 2014 and would last for round two and a half years.