Green light for biomass power plant
Friday 16 September 2011
A biomass plant which will use renewable sources to generate enough electricity to power 300,000 homes was today given the go-ahead by the Government.
Construction of the power plant, which once operating will use biomass such as wood to generate renewable energy, in Anglesey is set to create up to 600 jobs, with around 100 full-time staff when operational.
The 299 megawatt biomass power station, which will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of a quarter of the homes in Wales, will be built by Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables at Penrhos Works, Holyhead.
Electricity generated will be used by the smelting works or exported to the grid.
The power plant will rely on fuel from local sources and imported materials, with imports coming through the port at Holyhead.
Energy Minister Charles Hendry said: "We want a balanced energy portfolio and we want biomass to play a key role in this.
"Biomass power stations such as this one in Anglesey will provide us a reliable, secure, flexible and renewable source of power.
"I am especially pleased that the plant offers the prospect of so many high quality jobs in Anglesey."
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