The Port of Blyth have announced plans for leading British renewable energy developer, Renewable Energy Systems (RES), to build a major new biomass power station at their 10 hectare Bates Terminal.
The scheme costing upwards of £200 million will see the development of a 100 MW station with up to 0.5 million tonnes of biomass in the form of wood chip and pellet imported through the facility.
The Port of Blyth already has strong “green” credentials being home to NaREC (the UK’s premier renewables research facility), a pier based wind farm, the UK’s first offshore turbines and a biofuel facility nearby. With an established reputation for handling wind power related projects and major plans for servicing the offshore wind sector, the biomass power station will add further momentum to this growing renewables cluster.
Port of Blyth Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor added “We are delighted to be working with RES as the preferred developer as they bring more than 25 years experience in renewable energy development and were chosen for their strong track record in project delivery. This also reinforces Blyth’s position as one of the UK’s leading renewable energy ports.”