A biomass power station on the banks of the Tees will create 20 permanent and hundreds of construction jobs
Hundreds of new jobs will be created on Teesside after a biomass power station got the go-ahead.
Permission has been granted for Eco2’s facility on the banks of the Tees at Clarence Works, creating 20 permanent jobs and hundreds more in the construction phase - and bosses have promised to feed as much work into the Teesside supply chain as possible.
Port Clarence Biomass and Darlington-based Prism Planning secured permission in record time for their £160m plant, which will burn waste wood.
Steve Barker, managing director of Prism Planning, said the 49 megawatt scheme had received strong support from Stockton Council and - unusually, for a facility of this size - the financiers had been involved “from day one.”
He said: “It was supported by the officers of the council, and members were so supportive that it didn’t need to go to planning committee.
“For a scheme of that size to get approved without going to planning committee is very unusual.
“We are very pleased by the speed in which it’s been done, this is a large application, which has been determined nearly a month ahead of schedule - it shows developers and councils can work together to get big investment into the Tees Valley.
“The funding team was in place from day one.
"I’ve worked in local government for 20 years and the private sector for 10 to 15 years, and I’ve never known that before.
“At a time when the security of gas supplies from Russia is very much in the media spotlight after recent events, it is great to see that Stockton is helping to deliver practical alternatives.
“Work will start as soon as possible on-site and we’ve no reason to think this wouldn’t be up and running in a couple of years.”
The project is being financed by Cardiff-based renewable energy specialist Eco2.
A similar scheme on the same site had first been announced by Bio Energy Investments (BEI) in 2009, but the developer struggled to attract funding for its scheme.
The Port Clarence development is the largest type of biomass plant that can be approved at local authority level.
The facility will turn 325,000 tonnes of waste wood a year into green energy.
Feedstock will come from construction and demolition sites, civic amenity sites and packaging.