Centrica plans to build an 80 MW biomass power that would operate from about 2016 in Cumbria, in the north of the UK, on the site of gas fired power station due to close about that time.

Construction of the plant is due to start in 2013. The plant will mainly burn wood fibres such as pellets and chips, said the UK utility.

The existing 230 MW Roosecote gas fired power plant, where the new plant would be sited, has been operating for about 20 years.

The utility plans to submit a formal planning application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) in summer 2012, the spokesman said.

Centrica would source the plant’s feedstock as much as possible from the UK but the project would involve the construction of loading and handling facilities at the nearby Barrow Docks.

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