Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Biomass (wood chip) power station on Anglesey



A planning application has just been passed by Anglesey County Council for a wood burning power station rated at 299MW. The final decision will be made by DECC.

The company behind the proposal is a subsidiary of Anglesey Aluminium Metal Limited, jointly owned by Rio Tinto and Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation.

The power station would be fuelled primarily with imported wood chips and wood pellets and the operator estimates they would use 2.4 million tonnes of biomass (wood) per year. By comparison, this is more than one quarter of the entire UK roundwood production. At least one million hectares of tree plantation would be required to feed this one power station alone.

The waste heat from the power station will be dumped into the sea - there are no plans to make use of the heat for other industrial processes or to supply a district heating scheme.

Burning imported biomass on this scale and inefficiently (no CHP) is a deeply flawed response to climate change.

The operator will be able to claim Renewable Obligations Certificates for the electricity generated and substantially increase his income. As electricity consumers we are all paying for this.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SENT IN AN OBJECTION AND WOULD LIKE TO DO SO, PLEASE USE THE EMAIL ALERT BELOW, WHICH SENDS TO THE RESPONSIBLE OFFICER IN DECC.

PLEASE INCLUDE THE REFERENCE NO. AND TITLE IN ANYTHING YOU SEND:

Application No 46C13E/1 - BIOMASS GENERATING STATION ATPENRHOS, HOLYHEAD

The email alert is at: http://www.biofuelwatch.org.uk/angleseyoct2009.php

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