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Major biomass plant moves a step closer in construction boost for Wales

The Welsh environment agency has given preliminary approval for a £600 million energy plant in Wales in what a local regeneration group is hailing as a massive boost for construction.

Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables has won preliminary approval for their plans from the agency and is now expected to seek planning application from DECC for a project that could create 600 construction jobs.

The group is hoping to build a woodchip-fuelled biomass plant which could create energy for 250,000 homes and Anglesey County Council has been consulted and registered no objection to the proposed project.

Chairman of the Holyhead Regeneration Group councillor John Chorlton said he hoped the woodchip-fuelled biomass plant at the old Anglesey Aluminium site at Holyhead would provide a welcome boost to the local construction industry.

“There is very little going on in terms of construction in the area and as we are in such a poor economic climate, any jobs created in the area would be very welcome.

“There are quite a few established local firms who could benefit from the plant and we would hope they get the chance to tender at the very least but hopefully win work if it goes ahead.”

Environment Agency Wales’ area manager for North Wales, David Edwell said: “Our positive draft decision means we can see no reason, at this stage, why Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renewables Limited should not be given an environmental permit. 

“We have carried out a rigorous scrutiny over the last 12 months and detailed information from the company shows that plans are in place to operate this plant to the highest environmental standards.”

The decision will now be followed by further public consultation until 07 March before the agency makes its final decision.

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