Delight as new £250m power station is given the go-ahead

The company behind the new biomass power station earmarked for Blyth say they are looking forward to construction beginning.

Leading British renewable energy company RES has welcomed the government’s decision to grant development consent for its £250m North Blyth Biomass Power Station, located at Battleship Wharf at Blyth Harbour.

Once operational, the 100MW power station will be able to generate low carbon electricity to power the equivalent of more than 170,000 households using sustainably sourced wood-based fuel.

The North Blyth Biomass Power Station is RES’ first biomass development, and will create hundreds of jobs during the construction process.

RES project manager Chris Lawson said: “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.

“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.”

The North Blyth Biomass Power Station has been subject to extensive scrutiny and consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, from local councils, business and environmental and statutory bodies through to national government.

Mr Lawson added: “We have really appreciated the interest and input that the local community has given to the North Blyth Biomass Power Station, and in particular the work of the Community Liaison Group (CLG).

“We will continue to work with the CLG, as well as local residents and business, as we move towards starting construction next year.

“We also look forward to engaging with local people on the Community Benefit Fund that the project will bring.”

RES anticipates that construction will start in 2014 and take two-and-a-half years.