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Consent for big biomass fuel plant in Wales

Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables has been given consent to construct a biomass fuelled power station on the Welsh island.

The plant at Penrhos Works will generate 299 MW of electricity, enough to power approximately 300,000 homes – equivalent to around a quarter of the homes in Wales.

It will employ up to 600 people during construction with around 100 full-time personnel when operational.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “We want a balanced energy portfolio and we want biomass to play a key role in this.

“Biomass power stations such as this one in Anglesey will provide us a reliable, secure, flexible and renewable source of power. I am especially pleased that the plant offers the prospect of so many high-quality jobs in Anglesey”.

The operator is expected to source fuel from both imported and local sources, with imports coming in through the port of Holyhead.

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