Tilbury biomass plant closes “with regret”

Tilbury biomass power plant in Essex is closing despite its owner energy supplier npower describing it as a “success”. The plant began life as coal power station in 1969, generating 1,131MW of electricity for the National Grid until 2011 when it was converted to use biomass. It suffered after a fire broke out in two […]

Hayes lifts red tape for investors in coal-to-biomass plants

Energy Minister John Hayes has lifted red tape for renewable biomass plants converted from coal power stations to give a boost to investors. Announcing the plan on Friday, the Minister said the energy plants will be covered by a voluntary reporting process under the Renewables Obligation. DECC said this will slash regulatory burdens on generators […]

Tilbury: crews work through the night on blaze

Crews from Essex Fire Service worked through the night to stay on top of the blaze at the Tilbury biomass power station. A fire broke out yesterday in a fuel storage area, but was under control by the afternoon. Firefighters began to remove pellets from fuel hoppers while maintaining a foam blanket on the affected […]

npower Tilbury plant ‘under control’

A fire that broke out at npower’s Tilbury biomass plant this morning is still burning but is “under control” according to Essex Fire Service. Firefighters are still battling the fire with foam and expect to do so for another three to four hours. There were up 120 firefighters at the scene earlier in the day. […]

Fire ravages npower biomass plant in Essex

A fire has broken out at RWE npower’s 750MW biomass plant in Tilbury, Essex. The fire is ongoing but firefighters have begun to control the blaze, a spokesperson for npower said. The company does not know the cause of the fire but it is believed to have started in a storage area. The damage of […]

UK’s largest biomass plant to open at end of January

Big Six energy supplier RWE npower has announced its Tilbury biomass plant will open a new unit which is due to start producing power next week, making it the UK’s largest biomass plant. The third of three units at the 750MW power plant will be commercially operational by the end of January. The plant received […]