E.ON UK Press Releases

19 August 2008 12:38
E.ON announces plans to build one of UK’s largest biomass power stations at Port of Bristol

E.ON, one of the country's leading green generators, has today (TUES) announced plans to invest around £300m in a biomass power station at the Port of Bristol.

At 150MW, the proposed Portbury Dock Renewable Energy Plant would generate enough power for more than 200,000 homes by burning wood that would largely be brought to the plant by boat.

Dr Paul Golby, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: "This scheme would be one of the largest biomass power stations ever built in the UK and would make a considerable contribution to helping the Government meet its renewable energy targets. 

"Schemes such as this, together with cleaner coal, gas and new nuclear, will help us to keep the UK's lights on, while also reducing carbon emissions and ensuring energy is as affordable as possible for our customers."

E.ON has issued a scoping statement to North Somerset Council, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and other interested parties outlining the company's plans and hopes to submit a full application to BERR in the middle of next year.

If the project gets the green light, construction is expected to start in 2010, with the first power being produced in 2013 and full operation would be reached in 2014.

Portbury Dock is the third of E.ON's biomass developments in the UK. The company already operates Scotland's largest dedicated biomass power station at Steven's Croft near Lockerbie and, earlier this year, received permission for a 25MW biomass station in Sheffield.

As part of a multi-billion pound investment programme E.ON is:

  • Currently building one of the world's largest gas-fired CHP power stations (1,275MW) at the Isle of Grain in Kent at a cost of around £500m;
  • Applying to build a 1,600MW cleaner coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent at a cost of at least £1.5bn. The company has also entered the project into the Government's carbon capture and storage competition;
  • Working on the early stages of building the 1,200MW Drakelow CCGT in Derbyshire;
  • Currently investing approximately £350m building the 180MW Robin Rigg offshore wind farm in the Solway Firth;
  • Applying to build the 300MW Humber Gateway offshore wind farm with an investment cost of approximately £700M;
  • Investigating two major marine projects, a wave power scheme off north Cornwall and a tidal stream project off Pembrokeshire;
  • Partner in consortium looking to build the world's largest offshore wind farm, the 1,000MW London Array, in the Thames approaches;
  • Looking at the possibility of building at least two nuclear power stations, and is working with AREVA and Siemens, and Westinghouse on designs,
  • Investigating a green development portfolio that could supply around a million homes and displace the emission of two million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.


Notes to editors:

  • E.ON operates 21 wind farms located from Cornwall to Northern Ireland. Combined, its renewable portfolio generates enough green energy to power the homes in a city the size of Manchester.
  • E.ON is one the UK's largest integrated power and gas companies - generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas - and is part of the E.ON group, the world's largest private-sector energy services company. We employ over 17,000 people in the UK;
  • Our retail business is a leading energy supplier in the UK, with around 8 million electricity and gas customer accounts, both domestic and business.

For more information contact:

Emily Highmore on 024 7618 3680


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