Medium density fibre board manufacturer Kronospan has reportedly been granted planning approval for a proposed on-site power plant at its site at Chirk in the UK.

According to local media reports, Kronospan has argued that allowing it to become self-sufficient in electricity would overcome long-term problems with security of supply.

Spokesman Mike McKenna said the company draws 65% of its total demand for electricity from the grid and is also dependant on a biomass plant, gas turbines and oil/gas generators.

‘Our charges are £1.2 million more than a competitor in Scotland yet we have suffered 54 days’ reduced power over two years,’ said McKenna.