Tyne & Wear

Blyth biomass power station approved by government

Computer-generated aerial view of the North Blyth biomass power station
Image caption Computer-generated aerial view of the North Blyth biomass power station

A £250m biomass power station on the Northumberland coast has been approved by the government.

North Blyth Energy Ltd has been given permission to build the 100mw plant at Battleship Wharf, Blyth Harbour.

The company said it would provide enough low carbon electricity to supply up to 170,000 homes a year - equal to all the homes in the county.

Parent company RES said the project would provide "significant investment" and jobs in the area.

Project manager Chris Lawson said the plant would "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," he added.

The renewable energy company said the project had been subject to "extensive scrutiny and consultation" over four years.

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said: "Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The plant would burn wood-based fuel.

Construction is expected to begin in 2014 and last for about two and a half years.

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