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Peel to build £70M energy plant

A £70M renewable energy plant could soon be built next to Barton Bridge in Trafford by Peel Energy, it has been revealed.

The 20MW biomass station, which is subject to approval by Trafford Council, will use recycled wood and agricultural waste for fuel.

Peel Energy said the project could provide enough power for 37,000 homes - a third of the total number in the entire borough - and save up to 75,000t of C02 each year.

The plant, for which a planning application is due be submitted in the autumn, would be built on the south side of the Manchester Shipping Canal.

Peel is hopeful that work can begin on the development as early as 2012, with electricity being generated within the first six months of 2014.

Jon England, project director at Peel Energy, said: “Our venture into dedicated biomass-fired energy generation will contribute towards government targets for higher levels of renewable electricity generation and help provide secure energy supplies for the region.

“We are keen to hear from as many interested parties as possible during our consultation phase.”

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