Britain to build world’s biggest biomass plant

LONDON, Nov 21, 2007 (AFP) – Britain is to build the biggest biomass plant in the world, Business Secretary John Hutton said after giving the green light to the renewable energy project. Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s science spokesman, also lamented the fact it would not produce heating too and expressed concerns about the wood being transported over the Atlantic Ocean. The 350-megawatt wood chip-fuelled electricity generating plant will be sited in the industrial town of Port Talbot on the south Wales coast. It will cost 400 million pounds (830 million dollars, 560 million euros) to construct.

“This will be the biggest biomass plant in the world, generating enough clean energy to power half the homes in Wales,” Hutton said in a statement.

“It joins eight major renewables projects already given the green light in the past 12 months alone and is another important step towards the low carbon economy envisaged by the Prime Minister (Gordon Brown).”

The plant is expected to contribute about 70 percent of the Welsh Assembly’s 2010 renewable energy target, and have a 25-year lifetime. It will create around 150 new jobs.

The wood chip fuel, to be burnt around the clock, is expec