Brigg's sister power plant go-ahead
Thursday, 4pm: RENEWABLE energy firm Eco2 has welcomed the decision to grant planning permission for its £80 million straw-powered renewable energy plant at Sleaford.
A matching proposal is being made for Brigg, although the plan is currently withdrawn and being re-worked to satisfy the Environment Agency with a flood risk assessment, ready for resubmission in the New Year.
Eco2 chief executive David Williams said, "This is a great day for the development of green energy solutions in Lincolnshire and puts Sleaford firmly at the forefront in helping the UK to meet its vital renewable energy targets.
"The plant will bring numerous advantages to the local economy, including 80 jobs, and as much as 20million of the overall 80 million construction costs will be available for the local economy. We look forward to working with the community in the creation of this exciting new project."
"We are confident that Brigg will follow the example set by Sleaford in embracing biomass and its acceptance as major asset within the community there.
"It was approved with an overwhelming majority of 24 votes to 9 at North Kesteven District Council: indicating just how much councillors there believe it will be a positive addition to the area.
"Our proposals in Brigg will benefit the area just as much as Sleaford, bringing 80 jobs and huge amounts of investment. 8million will be spent each year on operation and fuel supply alone."
"We are currently working to provide the Environment Agency with more detailed flood prevention measures at the proposed site in Brigg, a process that could influence other aspects of the plant design.
"Our new application will be submitted in early 2009, and as always we remain open and willing to answering any queries the local people may have about the plant."
Eco2 has confirmed that the construction and commissioning period of the Sleaford project will be two and a half years. Once complete, the plant will generate around 300million units of renewable electricity, sufficient to power 65,000 homes, or a quarter of all the households in Lincolnshire.
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