Start date announced for power plant near Brigg creating 80 jobs
Building work on a multi-million-pound renewable energy plant will start early next year in a scheme that will create dozens of jobs.
The £105 million straw-burning biomass facility will be built at the former British Sugar site in Scawby Brook, near Brigg.
It will create 80 new jobs in the area, as well as 200 additional jobs during the construction period.
Dr Andrew Toft, Eco2's director of projects, said: "People have no doubt noticed the withdrawal of Centrica's plans for a biomass plant on the land next to the old sugar factory at Brigg. We are pleased to underline our continued commitment to the regeneration of this important brownfield site.
"We will be creating significant jobs in the community along with many other economic and environmental benefits. We are currently in detailed and positive discussions with funders and are planning to begin construction in early 2013."
The biomass plant was granted planning permission in October 2011.
Eco2 is currently carrying out preparations before construction can begin on the 40 megawatt plant. This includes making a photographic record of buildings on site, ensuring that resident barn owls are protected and investigating soil conditions at the site.
Dr Toft said: "More than £20 million will be invested in the community as the project is built. We expect a significant investment in local people, goods and services during the course of construction
"We are continuing to develop biomass plants throughout the UK, which will play an important role in helping to achieve Government renewable energy targets and combat the negative effects of global climate change."
Generating 300 million units of electricity, the project will produce enough energy to supply the equivalent of all the homes in North Lincolnshire.
But the project is yet to win over some residents who are still firmly against the plans.
Ray Matthews, chairman of Scawby Parish Council, said: "The parish council objected to the plans when they were first submitted. There were also protests from residents, largely because of the situation with lorries travelling through Scawby Brook to the plant.
"The main objection was against these large lorries coming round the small roundabout between Scawby Brook and Brigg, before having to negotiate the tight corner shortly after that. There is serious concern about the heavy traffic and potential accidents they might cause.
"The fact is, though, that there is nothing they can really do at this stage in the game. When the building work starts it will certainly ruffle some feathers. I don't know what residents can do now, as far as protests are concerned, because it is a done deal."