A GBP600m ($966m), 300 MW biomass fired power plant to be built in Wales’ Holyhead has been given the preliminary go-ahead by the Environment Agency Wales.
The plant will be located on the old Anglesey Aluminium site, which closed in September 2009. The woodchip fuel would be shipped in and transported to the former smelting plant via the existing underground conveyor belt.
Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables Limited (AAMR) has sought the permit with a view to selling on the 184-acre site at a price of around GBP10m. It is said several parties have shown an interest, including some energy companies.
This 'draft decision' will now be followed by a period of further public consultation until 7 March 2011 before Environment Agency Wales makes its final decision.
The scheme has already been approved by Anglesey County Council. The next step will be to gain approval from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).