Plug pulled on 550 potential new power plant jobs near Brigg
Centrica Energy have pulled out of plans to build a biomass power station on the old Brigg sugar factory site at Scawby Brook which would have brought 50 permanent jobs and 500 during construction.
The announcement was made this afternoon (Wednesday, October 24).
Centrica Energy had proposed to build a new 137MW biomass power station on land adjacent to its existing gas-fired power station at Scawby Brook.
The company also announced today that it will not be proceeding with its planning application to build a new dedicated 80MW biomass plant in Roosecote, Barrow-In-Furness.
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However, while the government has declared its support for biomass as part of the UK’s future energy mix, recent clarification on the regulatory framework for biomass indicates that the priority is to convert coal fired power stations to biomass or to encourage co-firing.
It will now look at other options for the proposed biomass plant site, including a possible new build gas-fired power station.
Centrica Energy spokesperson Suzanne Edmond said: “Over the past 12 months, Centrica Energy has been exploring the potential for a new biomass power station at Glanford Brigg, which we hoped could provide enough renewable energy to power around 200,000 homes.
“Consultation with the local community has been a central part of developing our proposals, and we have been delighted that so many local people have engaged.
“Throughout this time, we have also been talking to the government to clarify energy policy. Our understanding is that future policy will favour conversion of coal fired power stations rather than dedicated biomass, so we have made the difficult decision not to proceed with this proposal”.
“While we will not progress the current plans for a biomass power station at Glanford Brigg, we remain a committed regional employer and will continue to look at investment opportunities in Brigg and the Lincolnshire coast.”
Centrica Energy was conducting an extensive consultation process on its proposal to engage the local community and businesses, including exhibitions and a Supplier Day. The proposed power station was set to create 50 permanent jobs plus 500 jobs during the construction phrase.
Centrica Energy will now evaluate other options for the site, including a possible new build CCGT plant.
The existing gas-fired power station will continue to operate.