22 Nov 2007 07:11:35
Britain to build world''s biggest biomass plant
Britain is set to become home to the world''s biggest biomass plant, following the government''s announcement that it plans to build a wood-chip fuelled electricity generating facility in South Wales.
Consent was granted by Energy Secretary John Hutton to develop the 350 megawatt plant in Port Talbot, with wood fuel expected to come from sustainable sources in the US and Canada.
The government hopes the plant, which will be built by developer Prenergy at a cost of £400 million, will be completed by 2010.
"This will be the biggest biomass plant in the world, generating enough clean electricity to power half of the homes in Wales," Mr Hutton said.
"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," he added.
According to the government the new plant will contribute 70 per cent of the renewable electricity Wales hopes to produce by 2010.