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    Wood biomass plant in Wales officially opened

    2009 - 09.02

    The timber investment sector has welcomed the opening of the first commercial-scale wood biomass plant in Wales.

    Located in Port Talbot, the £33 million Western Wood Energy Plant has sustained a number of jobs in the local timber and engineering businesses through fuel supply and maintenance activities.

    The wood biomass plant is believed to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 31,000 homes every year, with the majority of wood sourced locally from Welsh forests and byproducts from timber industries.

    Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan, who officially opened the plant, commented that the flagship project has been recognised as “one of the best performing biomass sites in the UK”, providing sustainable benefits to the local economy.

    “The Assembly Government is actively working on ways to increase use of bio-energy and the sustainable supply of biomass for energy generation,” he added.

    Morgan also explained that the plant’s combustion process will prevent 47,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted, a quantity which would be produced by an equivalent fossil fuel power station.

    Earlier this year, the Welsh government announced plans to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and generate a fifth of its energy from biomass sources by 2020.

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