UK approves 100 MW biomass plant in Northumberland

By Erin Voegele | July 25, 2013

U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. has received government approval to construct a 100 MW biomass power plant in Blyth Harbour, Northumberland. The North Blyth Biomass power Station will be located at Battleship Wharf in Northumberland’s Blyth Estuary. According to RES, the wood-fired facility will produce enough electricity to power 170,000 households.

The power station is the first biomass project being developed by RES. The company also holds an extensive portfolio of onshore and offshore wind installations and solar energy projects.

“Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said a spokesman for the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change. “If constructed, this development will help bring jobs and growth to the local economy.”

Documentation published by the DECC specifies that the application for the project was originally filed with the Infrastructure Planning Commission on March 2012. According to information published by RES, construction is expected to begin in 2014, with operations commencing approximately 30 months later.

 “We are delighted by the government’s decision to grant permission for North Blyth Power Station, which we believe will play an important part in the strong and growing renewable energy industry in South East Northumberland. It is also a welcome confirmation of the government’s support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets,” said Chris Lawson, RES project manager. “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.”