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150 MW biomass power station wins planning permission

A new £300m biomass power station has been given planning permission with up to 325 construction jobs set to be created.

E.On has won permission to build the 150 MW station at Royal Portbury Dock in the Port of Bristol, North Somerset.

The company says it will create 325 temporary construction jobs and provide enough electricity to power up to 160,000 homes.

The plant will be fuelled mainly by imported virgin wood, dedicated energy crops and locally sourced waste wood.

Energy minister Charles Hendry gave planning permission for two biomass stations in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire in August, while Bam Nuttall won a £120m civils deal for work on E.On’s biomass generator in Sheffield in November.

As part of the planning permission, E.On will also set up a community investment fund to contribute £50,000 for every year that the plant is operating, to support charitable and/or educational community projects.

A further £75,000 will also be allocated to trial green buses and improve cycle routes in the local area

Before construction can commence, details still have to be resolved including an investigation over whether transportation of plant, equipment and construction materials can be delivered by sea and/or rail.