E.ON cancels plans for 150 MW Portbury Dock biomass plant

By Erin Voegele | October 22, 2013

E.ON UK plc has announced it will not proceed with the proposed Portbury Dock biomass project. The company first announced plans for the project in mid-2008.

 "In reaching this decision we considered many factors, however, under the current regulatory and policy framework we concluded that this project was not a priority investment for E.ON.,” said the company in press release announcing the decision.

E.ON announced the project in August 2008.  At that time, the proposed 150 megawatt (MW) project was expected to cost £300 million ($486.36 million) to develop. A planning application for the project was submitted to the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change in august 2009. The facility, which was to be located at the Port of Bristol’s Royal Portbury Dock, was originally expected to break ground in 2010. However, the DECC did not approve the planning application until March 2012.

Although E.ON has elected not to proceed with the project, the company has stressed it remains committed to investing in the U.K. “We continue to believe the U.K. could be a good market for investment in which sustainable biomass has an important part to play,” said the company in its press release, noting that it’s Blackburn Meadows biomass plant is scheduled to be complete next year. The 30 MW biomass-fired facility is located in Sheffield, England, approximately 40 miles west of Manchester. It will take in recycled waste wood as feedstock.