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Fire rages at leading biomass plant

A blaze has erupted at Tilbury power station in Essex, Britain’s largest dedicated biomass plant, after 4,000 tonnes of fuel in storage cells caught fire, according to reports.

RWE npower, which owns the plant, said the fire broke out at 7:45am in a fuel storage area at the station but all employees have been accounted for. (Photo from Sky News).

“The fire involves some 4,000 tonnes of fuel in storage cells. At least two are very well alight,” the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.

The 750 megawatt power plant is on the site of the utility’s ageing Tilbury coal-fired power plant.

The plant, which only recently became fully operational will run on biomass until the scheduled closure of the power station under the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) by the end of 2015.

See BBC footage here

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