UK: Shadbolt Client Gets Go Ahead For Large Scale Biomass Power Plant
Last Updated: 24 July 2009

The British Government has given consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act to the £500 million Tees Renewable Energy Plant. Shadbolt’s client, MGT Power Limited is developing the plant, one of the largest ever biomass plants to be built in the world, and one of the largest of all renewable energy projects.

The 295 MW plant, which will enter commercial operation in 2012, will save 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and will generate enough electricity for 600,000 homes in the North East of England. The project will also create 600 new jobs during the three year construction period and 150 permanent jobs during the station’s lifetime.

The Shadbolt team advising MGT Power on the construction aspects of this project was led by partners Daniel Tain and Roger Button. Welcoming the Government’s decision, Daniel said, "This is a benchmark project for the UK renewables energy market, accounting for 5.5% of the UK’s renewable electricity target and is a key project for our client, MGT Power".

Chris Moore, Director of MGT Power, said, "Other similarly sized biomass plants are proposed in other parts of the country but our Teesport project is currently two years ahead pf the pack and likely to be one of the first to be operational. It comes at a time when replacement UK energy generation capacity is urgently needed".

Notes to editors:

Shadbolt LLP provides specialist legal advice in relation to infrastructure projects. The firm is currently advising on a wide range of energy projects, particularly in the renewables sector, both in the UK and internationally.

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