The formal consent together with its associated licences enables PD Ports to proceed with the construction of the new 260 m long berth, which is an integral part of MGT Power’s Tees Renewable Energy Plant development at the Port. The new berth will accommodate vessels up to 240 m long and 38 m wide, accommodating the world’s largest modern woodchip carrier vessels and providing MGT Power with considerable freight flexibility. The berth will bring the 2.4m tonnes of woodchip each year, required to fuel the new power station.
The 295 megawatt (MW) wood fuelled power station is to be built on the South Dock area of Teesport. One of the world’s largest biomass plants set to be built in the UK, this £500m (US$820m) will produce enough carbon neutral, sustainable electricity to power 600,000 homes across the North East UK.
Chris Moore, MGT Power director said, “We are delighted to hear that environmental consent has now been granted (and) we aim to start work on the site in the first quarter of 2010, subject to finance.”