Planning granted at Cramlington
Northumberland County Council has granted planning permission for a biomass combined heat and power plant at Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Cramlington.
The plant will supply low carbon heat and electricity to the Aesica Pharmaceuticals complex and electricity to the National Grid.
Development Director at Estover Energy, Andrew Troup said "This is great news for Estover, Cramlington and the North East. The development will create local jobs both at the plant and in the regional forestry industry as well as supporting Aesica, a major employer in the region."
The plant will create up to 40 jobs - 20 jobs at the plant itself and a further 20 in the local forestry and transport sectors. A further 100 jobs will be created during construction of the biomass plant.
The biomass CHP plant will significantly reduce Aesica's carbon footprint and energy costs by offsetting gas generated heat and electricity from the National Grid. As the fuel comes from the local area, the plant will improve the security Aesica's fuel supply.
Fuel will come from local forestry operations on a sustainable basis. The plant will use low grade wood such as brash, smaller branches and wood unsuitable for sawmills and timber production.