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Eggborough Power Station plans unveiled
THE owners of a power station near Selby have taken their next steps in a scheme they say will secure its future and protect 800 jobs.
Selby District Council paved the way for a biomass handling and storage plant to be built at Eggborough Power Station last year, allowing the site to generate more renewable energy in a move which is also expected to create about 450 construction roles.
Eggborough Power Ltd (EPL) has submitted plans for a phase of the project which, if approved, would see a suspended conveyor belt, three “transfer towers” which would support the belt and would be between 21 and 41 metres high, and a building to house electrical equipment.
Last month, the company asked the council for permission to build fuel storage and milling towers which would be taller than those originally approved, with a decision on this still to be made.
When it announced the biomass scheme last year, EPL said it would be a “significant investment” in the power station, which would otherwise face eventual closure as it would not meet laws on industrial emissions. It has said the biomass plant, which will burn raw materials as well as coal, will extend the site’s lifespan by 16 years.
In a statement to council, EPL’s agents Dalton Warner Davis said: “The proposed development will safeguard up to 800 direct and indirect jobs covered in the operation and maintenance of the power station, and prolong the positive economic impact the station has on the local and regional economy.
“During the construction period for the biomass plant, about 450 additional workers will be on site. This employment will add further economic activity to Selby and the region in the form of demand for local supplies, accommodation, labour and services.”
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