15 February 2012
Centrica Energy has commenced the formal consultation stage for its planned new dedicated biomass power station. The station will have a capacity of 80MW (net) and it will be located on the site of its existing Roosecote gas fired station.
In November 2011, around 150 people attended Centrica Energy’s first exhibition at the Forum in Barrow. As part of the formal consultation phase Centrica is now hosting a second exhibition to allow people to view the proposals and options under consideration.
The exhibitions will be held at Roose Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness on Thursday 1st March from 6.00 pm to 8.30pm and at The Park Leisure Centre, Barrow in Furness on Friday 2nd March from 11.00am to 5.30pm and Saturday 3rd March from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
As well as plans to hold a second exhibition, this week Centrica will also be delivering a leaflet outlining the current proposals to over 37,000 homes and businesses in the area.
Tony Jarvis, Centrica Energy, Head of Thermal Power Projects, said: “We had a very good response to the initial consultation and we continue to see this as a two way conversation. As a result of the feedback we received we have made some changes to our plans and this second event will allow us to share how feedback is incorporated into the proposals.”
As a result of the initial consultation the project proposals have been evolving and options previously under consideration have been dropped. For example, following feedback from stakeholders and the public at the initial exhibition the eastern railway link option and potential use of conveyors along the Cavendish Dock wall have been removed from the proposal.
Centrica Energy plan to submit a planning application for consent for the biomass power station in the summer of 2012. Subject to a successful application and following a final investment decision from Centricaconstruction would be likely to commence in summer 2013 and would last approximately 36 months.
Project information and electronic copies of reports will be available on the Centrica website www.centrica.com/roosecotebiomass. You can also register you name and email address to receive information or to submit a view or ask any questions.
Contact: Alan McLaughlin, Head of media relations, Centrica Energy on 07789 570598