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Information for Tilbury Green Power Facility, Former Cargill Sweeteners Plant, Tilbury Dock

Status: Potential
Planning Region: East of England
Planning Sub-Region: Essex
Operator: Tilbury Green Energy / Express Energy Holding UK (with the Green Investment Bank and the Ireland Electricity Supply Board as majority shareholders and AET as minority shareholder)
Capacity: 280,000
Campaign Group(s): Biofuelwatch
Notes: It was reported in March 2015 that commissioning was expected in July 2017 [Source]. Planning permission granted for 600ktpa wood burning incinerator in 2009, and extended in August 2015 to allow construction to commence by August 2015 [Source]. Permission to vary to allow 300ktpa of SRF, MSW and C&I to be burned at the incinerator submitted in August 2011 [Source]. Obtained £35m of GIB funding in March 2015 [Source]. In February 2019 Tilbury Green Power submitted a variation application to BEIS under the Electricity Act which stated: "Planning permission (13/01179/FUL) was granted by Thurrock Council for an amended Waste Wood Storage and Processing facility in April 2014...A decision to change the initial concept (30 MWe waste wood biomass plant and a 30 MWe waste to energy plant) to a 40 MWe waste wood biomass and a 20 MWe waste to energy facility was made in 2013, based on financial assessment of the project...For the second generating unit, it is proposed to convert 350,000 tonnes per annum of waste material delivered to the Phase 2 unit to electricity...The proposed Phase 2 configuration will consist of conventional moving grate combustion technology" [Source]. (Entry updated 2020-01-29)

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