Dundee biomass plant given pollution all-clear
April 5 2013
The clean bill of health means that Dundee City Council and the Scottish Government will now decide whether or not to allow the facility to be built, four years after plans were first submitted by Forth Energy.
The plant, designed by the then Gordon Murray Architects, would generate 100MW of electricity, equivalent to 86% of the cities energy needs, but locals had voiced concern about potential adverse effects on air quality and traffic.
It would entail a capital investment of £326m at the Port of Dundee where sustainably sourced wood fuel can be delivered directly by ship.
Calum Wilson, managing director of Forth Energy, said: "The results of the monitoring show that the impact from the plant and associated traffic on Dundee's air quality would be negligible. We are satisfied that there is no reason, on air quality grounds, to prevent consent for the plant being granted.
"The plant would support the establishment of a renewables manufacturing hub at the port. It would support the city's ambitious development plans.”
Forth Energy withdrew plans for a similar plant in Leith last year.
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