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Minister supports latest waste wood power plant

The Government has approved a new waste wood biomass plant - the 15th new power station backed in 2011.

The new 53MW, £120m facility will be built at a former RAF airfield at Pollington, Yorkshire and fed by 360,000 tonnes of waste wood a year. The facility will be operated by Dalkia, co-owned by EDF and Veolia.

DECC said the announcement brings the number of new power stations approved in 2011 to 15, the highest since the Electricity Act came into force in 1989.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said: “When it comes to big new power station projects, investors and communities need certainty. I am delighted that this project marks a new record for granting consent decisions.

“It has been a priority for this administration to remove the backlog in planning applications, to demonstrate our commitment to economic growth. A record number of decisions shows that we have delivered on this, helping ensure our long-term energy security and creating jobs.

“This new waste wood plant in Yorkshire will not only enhance our energy security and reduce waste wood to landfill; it will create an estimated 200 construction and 135 operational jobs and give a real boost to the local economy.”

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