Woody biomass power plant proposed for Wales

Wales, UK-based Anglesey Aluminium Metals has submitted an application for approval of a 299-MW biomass power plant to be located near the company’s aluminium smelter and possibly power it.

If approved, the plant would consume about 2.4 million tons of woody biomass, such as wood chips, pellets or agricultural residues, a year.

Anglesey Aluminium hopes to commence basic construction in early 2011 with a three-year construction period. Currently, the company is going through the appropriate planning applications and engineering feasibilities.

The energy could be used to power the company’s smelter or be sold to the grid. Anglesey relies now on power from the Wylfa nuclear power plant, which is scheduled to close in 2010.

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