Helius Energy hassigned an option to lease a 20 acre site in thePort of Southamptonfortheproposedconstruction of a 100MW biomass plant.
Helius intends to submit anapplication for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008for the development of theprojectand will shortly enter into consultation with the local community and relevant statutory authorities.
The plant will contribute to the South East Plan objective of a 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020. It will require around 700,000 tonnes of sustainably sourced biomass feedstock per year, a significant proportion of which will come through the port. The site benefits from the existing port infrastructure and high quality road links.
Helius chief executive Adrian Bowles said: “Securing this site at Southampton for our proposed renewable energy power plant is an important addition to our strong portfolio of sites. This is a further step on the way to delivering Helius’ strategy to develop, own and operate a portfolio of biomass projects.”
The site will be leased from Associated British Ports and is subject to a development consent order.