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Work stops on Blyth power station 'undermining £300m project' plans

The company behind a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, RES, has announced that it is ceasing work on the project.

They're blaming the government’s "inconsistent support for dedicated biomass energy over the last two years". They added that this has "critically undermined their plans to invest £300m in the project".

“Despite the support the project enjoys locally due to the significant benefits it would bring to the local and regional economy, the North Blyth Biomass Power Station currently faces insurmountable investment barriers due to uncertain Government energy policy._

“It’s bitterly disappointing for RES that we are unable to bring this exciting project forward, and deliver the significant boost it would have represented for the Blyth and Northumberland economy. However, the gradual erosion of support for dedicated biomass leaves us with no other option.”_

– Gordon MacDougall, RES’ Chief Operating Officer for the UK

“RES is grateful for the support we have received from stakeholders including the local community, Northumberland County Council, Environment Agency and project partners such as the Port of Blyth._

“This is a reminder to Government that, without _a consistent approach to energy policy, investors and developers will be deterred from delivering the billions of pounds needed to ensure the nation’s energy infrastructure is able to keep the lights on and secure cost effective electricity for British homes and businesses.” _

– Gordon MacDougall, RES’ Chief Operating Officer for the UK

Work stops on Blyth power station

RES, the company behind a planned biomass power station at the Port of Blyth in Northumberland, has announced that it is ceasing work on the project.

RES is blaming what it calls the government’s "inconsistent support for dedicated biomass energy over the last two years" as well as increased uncertainty over the UK’s energy policy.

They say this has critically undermined their plans to invest £300m in the project.

What the power station would have looked like Credit: RES

If it had gone ahead it would have created 300 construction jobs, plus 50 full-time jobs at the power station.

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