£150m Green Biomass Plant for Newport

Thursday, 1st December 2011
    Plans to build a biomass power plant in Newport now have the green light after Welsh Power sold half of it to Santander in a funding deal effectively paving the way for preferred turnkey contractor Doosan Energy Systems to start main building work next April.   Pre-construction work is already underway at the 10 acre brownfield site in Newport docks, with 200 construction jobs set to be created and a further 30 jobs once it starts commercial operation in June 2014.   Alastair Fraser, chief executive officer of Welsh Power, said having on Santander on board was a “major advance” for the business.   “Having a company of the status and quality of Santander choosing to partner Welsh Power on the development of Nevis is excellent news,” he added.   The Nevis plant is designed to be ultra-efficient and will run on biomass fuels, primarily wood chips and energy crops. The station will be capable of supplying electricity to around 50,000 homes in the Newport area when it is built.