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Planning consent for major biomass facilities

Drax Group has been awarded planning consent for two 1.4m tonne biomass facilities - but progress depends on the Renewables Obligation.

Energy minister Charles Hendry has given consent for 299MW facilities in Selby, Yorkshire and Immingham in North Lincolnshire, both of which will process 1.4m tonnes a year of waste bark, forestry residue and straw, as well as energy crops.

Charles Hendry said: “It is vital that we get investment in new power stations up and down the country to ensure secure energy supplies for people’s homes and businesses. I am very pleased to give the go-ahead for these two new biomass power stations in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

“They will not only enhance our security of supply, but provide low-carbon electricity that reduces our carbon dioxide emissions”.

A Drax spokesman said: “Section 36 consent is a necessary part of the development process for any power stations larger than 50MW. The minister’s announcement confirms that part of the process is now complete. 

“However, any progress with the investment will be dependent on the Government’s final decision on the future support levels under the Renewables Obligation.” 

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