Plans to build a progressive biomass energy centre in Hull have been officially revealed.
The £130 million project, another shining example of the UK’s excellence in the renewable energy sector, could generate enough energy to power 95,000 homes.
The Queen Elizabeth Dock-based plant would burn wood shipped from overseas to provide green electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 190,000 tonnes a year.
Power company Real Ventures wants to build the plant and it is expected that planning application will be submitted to Hull City Council by April. If approved, building work could begin by the end of the year.
Steven Bayes, Hull City Council's Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration and Employment, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The proposed investment by Real Ventures further reinforces Hull's position at the forefront of the low carbon economy.
“Hull is rapidly developing as both an offshore and green energy hub and we will offer all assistance to try to make this project a reality to the mutual advantage of the company and the Hull city region.”
Real Ventures Chief Executive Ray Tucker added: “There are significant reserves of fuel from sustainable sources. The European Environment Agency has estimated that 100 million tonnes of forestry residues alone are sustainably available for biomass fuel every year in the EU alone.”
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