Brigg area companies could enjoy boost supplying Centrica biomass plant earmarked for Scawby Brook
Brigg-based suppliers are being invited to take part in a formal consultation about tendering for work at a proposed biomass plant just outside the town.
Formal consultation for the Centrica Energy plant is now under way, with exhibition dates for both members of the public and suppliers now set.
If granted permission, the plant would create around 50 full-time jobs when operational, as well as employing around 500 people at the peak of construction.
The company said it was hoping for as many local people to be involved in the construction as possible. Potential suppliers will be invited to a meeting on Friday, October 12, at Forest Pines, Broughton, and shown plans of how the site could look.
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The proposed site would be between Scawby Brook to the west, with the River Ancholme to the east, on the land that was formerly Brigg Sugar Factory.
A spokeswoman for Centrica Energy said that the company had been pleased with how the informal consultations, held in May, had gone.
And she said the firm was now looking forward to the next stage of proceedings.
She said: "The public statement of community consultation (SOCC) was launched last week and that will signal the start of our more formal consultations.
"An additional method that we picked up during the informal discussions was the emphasis on locally-based suppliers. The chamber of commerce will be present and it will be an opportunity for suppliers to see what kind of work we will be doing.
"When we held the original consultations, we had many people turn up from the local community and we hope to see many more people when we hold our next lot of consultations."
The company said it would work with the public to alleviate any concerns raised during the consultation periods.
Concerns were previously raised about the levels of traffic in the town if the plant was to be built.
This was in part down to the fact Eco2 secured approval for an £83 million straw-burning biomass facility at the same site, earlier in the year.
However, Centrica has tried to work around this issue by stating that it would transport the biomass via rail.
The event for suppliers at Ancholme Leisure Centre will run from 9am to 1pm.
The first of the two public exhibitions will take place a week earlier on Friday, October 5, from 3pm to 9pm, also at the leisure centre.
The second will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 10am to 4pm at the Angel Suite.
A planning application for the project will be submitted later in the year.