Plan launched to help industry go green

PLANS have been unveiled to build a local Biomass plant near Cramlington.

The Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant at the Windmill Industrial Estate near Cramlington, will use low-grade wood from the north east to provide renewable steam and

electricity to the industrial complex, as well as generating green electricity for the National Grid.

Andrew Troup from developers Estover Energy, said: “This type of local-scale biomass plant has been used for decades in the rest of Europe and is now viable for the UK with the right industrial heat partners.

“We’re at a relatively early stage in the process. We have held pre-application discussions with the Northumberland County Council and Cramlington Town Council.”

The plant itself will create up to 20 permanent jobs on site and a further 20 jobs in the forestry and transport supply chain. Around 100 extra jobs would be created during the 18 month construction phase.

Andrew added: “This plant will be another boost for the forestry industry in the north east, creating a new market for the lowest-grade wood.”

An exhibition will be held on Wednesday, June 27, between 3pm and 7pm at Manor Walks Shopping Centre for the community can view the plans and make their opinion heard.

Estover intends to submit an application later in the summer.