100MW biomass power plant planned for Southampton

Helius Energy today (August 16) announced plans to lease a 20 acre site in the Port of Southampton to build a 100MW biomass fuelled power plant.

The exercise of the option to lease the site from Associated British Ports is subject to getting planning permission for the site.

Helius intends to submit an application for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008 for the development and will shortly enter into consultation with the local community and relevant statutory authorities.

Helius’ chief executive, Adrian Bowles, said: “Securing this site at Southampton for our proposed 100MW renewable energy power plant is an important addition to our strong portfolio of sites.

“This is a further step on the way to delivering Helius’ strategy to develop, own and operate a portfolio of biomass projects.”

The plant, if built, aims to contribute to the South East Plan objective of a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020.

It will require around 700,000 tonnes of sustainably sourced biomass feedstock a year, a significant proportion of which will come through the Port of Southampton.

Luke Walsh

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