E.ON to begin building biomass power plant in England

By Anna Austin | November 21, 2011

U.K.-based E.ON Renewables has released some details of its plan to build a £120 million ($189.5 million) 30-megawatt (MW) biomass power plant at Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield, England.

The plant was initially announced in July 2008, when it received approval from the Sheffield City Council. It will be E.ON’s second biomass power plant, as it already owns and operates a 44-MW facility at Seven’s Croft near Lockerbie, Scotland.

The new plant will be fueled with recycled wood waste to produce enough electricity to power 40,000 homes. The proposed plant site, which is 5.5 km (3.4 miles) northeast of Sheffield, has a strong heritage of power production and has excellent links to electricity infrastructure and transport networks, according to E.ON.

It is expected that the project will create around 30 full-time jobs within the local area once operational in mid-2014.

Dave Rogers, regional director for renewables at E.ON, said the newly announced plans set out the final design of the power station, and that the company intends to begin construction later this month.

E.ON currently has 1,500 MW of renewable capacity under development in the U.K.