Holyhead in Anglesey, Wales is to be the site of a £1 billion ($1.4 billion) biomass combined heat and power plant, which is set to benefit the area’s food industry.

The development will lead to 500 permanent jobs at the plant and another 1200 during construction.
Holyhead Orthios eco park
Developers Orthios will use the plant to process waste wood to create power, with heat generated used to farm prawns and grow vegetables.

It is expected to generate 299 MW of electricity, which is enough to power about 300,000 homes.

BBC reports that the plant is one of two planned for Wales – a similar facility will also be built in Port Talbot – after which the technology will be rolled out to China and developing countries.

The heat will be used to warm ponds for the prawns with waste then used as fertiliser to grow crops.

Lewis LeVasseur, chief operations officer of Orthios, said the plant’s importance stemmed from it being a “solution for food and power generation for developing nations around the world”.