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REC plans £300m green power plant

Renewable energy company RES has unveiled plans to invest £300 million to build a new biomass power plant at a Bootle dock in Liverpool.

Although plans are still at an early stage and the renewable energy firm expects to launch a public consultation soon, it revealed that the project will generate green electricity for homes and businesses on Merseyside.

RES said the plant’s output range will vary from 100-150 megawatts, which could power 170,000 to 250,000 homes a year and cut Co2 emission by 300,000 to 450,000 tonnes.

RES project manager Johanna Doyle could not mask her excitement when she unveiled details of the project.

She said: “We are delighted to make this announcement and look forward to working with [dock owner] Peel Ports and local and regional stakeholders to deliver this exciting project.

“The North-west has a highly skilled workforce that we can draw upon and we will be using local contractors and service providers where possible. We will work hard to involve the local communities in our development plans and look forward to hearing their views.”