Peel Energy has submitted a planning application to build a 20MW biomass facility at Ince Park, near the south bank of Manchester ship canal.
Proposals made to Cheshire West and Chester Council will see the facility powered on 176,500 tonnes waste wood each year, generating enough electricity for 37,000 homes. Steam and hot water also produced have the potential to be used by local businesses.
Speaking about the importance of community support for the project, Peel Energy development manager Jonathan Burley said: “We would urge people who appreciate the importance of supporting renewable energy development in the region to look at the proposals and give their views to the council.”
The application replaces previously accepted plans for the site to create biofuel from waste wood. Peel Energy believed that a biomass energy plant better complements the mix of other proposals for the site, which includes a consented timber recycling facility.
If the application is successful, construction will start in 2012 with the plant fully operational in 2014.