Plans are to be considered for a 20 MW biomass plant in the northwest of the UK.

Proposals for the plant at Ince Marshes in Cheshire have been drawn up by Peel Energy, the renewable power arm of Peel Group, which owns the port of Liverpool, Manchester’s Trafford Centre and already runs several renewable energy schemes.

The facility would use around 175,000 tonnes of waste wood each year and if given the go-ahead, work could start by the beginning of 2012, with the plant becoming operational two years later.

The plant would sit next to another energy-from-waste project at Ince Marshes planned by Peel, in a joint venture with US firm Covanta, which would have a 95 MW capacity.

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