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MGT announces plans for second enormous biomass power plant in U.K.

MGT announces plans for second enormous biomass power plant in U.K.(By Lisa Gibson via Biomass Magazine)Britain-based MGT Power Ltd. announced on Aug. 10 its plans to build

another 295-megawatt biomass power plant in the U.K. It will be the

company’s second plant and ties with the first as the largest biomass power

plant in the world.The new proposed plant, with capital costs of about $823 million, would be

located at the Port of Tyne in the North Tyneside, according to MGT. The

Tyne Renewable Energy Plant (Tyne REP) would be built on industrial land on

the north bank of the River Tyne and, like MGT’s other plant, would have

the capacity to power up to 600,000 homes in Northeast England. Subject to

planning, the company hopes to begin construction on the second plant in

the first quarter of 2011, with a goal of commercial operation in 2014,

according to MGT.Teesport, England, will be the home of the company’s first 295-megawatt

plant, slated to go on line in late 2012 and recently approved by the

British government. It will also be located at a port for easy shipping

access and is estimated to cost about $819 million, according to the

company. Both plants will run on 2.65 million tons of wood chips annually.

Biomass for both plants will be shipped from certified sustainable forestry

operations developed by MGT and partners in North and South America and the

Baltic Seas, and U.K. sources in the longer term, according to Chris Moore,

director of MGT. The wood chips deliver 95 percent reduction in greenhouse

gases and each plant will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.3 million

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