Green light for another biomass plant in England

Consent has been granted to Helius Energy for the construction of a 100-MWe biomass-fuelled electricity generating station located at Avonmouth Dock, on the Bristol Channel in south-west England, under Section 36 of The Electricity Act 1989, by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. According to the company, the power station will produce enough renewable electricity for around 200,000 homes, and will save over 720,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year when compared to a similarly sized coal-fired power station. The electricity produced at the plant will be fed into the local electricity grid, and Helius has already secured grid access rights. Dr Adrian Bowles, CEO of Helius Energy, welcomed the news, saying: “We are pleased that the Avonmouth project has been granted consent by the Secretary of State and we look forward to producing renewable electricity from sustainably sourced biomass in Bristol. This consent builds on the success of our projects at Stallingborough and Rothes and will enable Helius Energy to play a crucial part in delivering a future energy supply which is reliable, renewable and sustainable.” The biomass power plant will require up to 850,000 tonnes of sustainably sourced feedstock each year, primarily wood-based material. Construction of the plant is expected to start following conclusion of the engineering procurement programme. Helius Energy has also successfully developed a 65MWe power plant at Stallingborough in South Humberside, which was sold at pre-construction stage to RWE Innogy, and a 7.2MWe project in Morayshire (Scotland), centred on distillery residues for fuel.