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Immingham biomass power plant moves a step closer

23 April 2012

A proposed £600 million biomass plant in Immingham that will create 1,000 jobs has given formal consent by the Government. The 299MW Heron power station near the Port of Immingham, which is a joint-venture between Drax and Siemens Project Ventures, is designed to generate enough electricity to power 512,000 homes.

The 299MW Heron power station near the Port of Immingham is a joint-venture between Drax Power and Siemens Project Ventures
The 299MW Heron power station near the Port of Immingham is a joint-venture between Drax Power and Siemens Project Ventures

The Immingham plant will create 150 permanent jobs and a further 850 during the construction phase.

Drax Power welcomed the announcement, but said that the project was still very much dependent on future Renewables Obligation support from the Government. Last month Drax pulled out of another proposed biomass plant at Selby, citing inadequate Government support.

A Drax Power spokesman said: "Any progress with the investment will be dependent on the Government's final decision on Renewables Obligation support. We need the right level of regulatory support in place before we can make the investment.”

The Government is expected to give an indication of the levels of support later this month, with a final decision due at the end of the year.

Also awaiting the announcement on support levels for biomass is Real Ventures, the developer behind a proposed combined heat and power biomass plant in Immingham.

The proposed £130 million plant, which is due to be completed by 2014, will generate 49.5MW – enough to power 90,000 homes annually.




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