Peel Environmental’s £700m energy park near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire has been formally opened by communities minister Andrew Percy.
The 134-acre site, Protos, is the only energy-focused development in the Government’s ’Northern Powerhouse’ portfolio, which will attract £5bn worth of investment across 13 projects.
Features of the Protos site include:
- 54 hectares of consented development with plans for a further 280 hectares
- 21.5 MW Biomass facility under construction and due to commissioned in 2017
- 19-turbine wind farm in operation
- further infrastructure including an energy from waste facility
Percy highlighted the £170m investment in the site and a further £500m planned over the next three to four years.
He said: “The energy sector is pivotal to our industrial strategy, ensuring the country has the infrastructure it needs to support economic growth long into the future.”
The minister also welcomed the long-term potential of the site for £1.5bn in investment and 13,000 jobs to the region.
Peel Environmental brought forward and consented the Protos development, previously known as Ince Resource Recovery Park.