Stephen Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon and East Thurrock recently visited Tilbury Power Station to hear about their exciting conversion plans.
The station, located by the Thames, was until its closure in March, a coal fired power station. However in light of the need to clean up our energy generation it has taken the brave decision to convert the plant to a biomass station capable of producing 750MWe of electricity.
Stephen was welcomed to the plant by Nigel Staves, Plant Director for nPower, was given a comprehensive tour and was told all about the conversion plans. He was also shown some of the technical challenges that the plant faces in its conversion, such as moving the two 1100 tonne coal unloading cranes to make way for new cranes capable of unloading the wood chip which the plant will burn.
Stephen said “It will be great to be home to the world’s largest, environmentally friendly, biomass power plant capable of providing enough electricity for over 700,000 homes.”
Stephen added “I look forward to the completion of to conversion to biomass and the provision of sustainable energy to the residents of South Basildon and East Thurrock, and hope to come back to the plant once it is ready to fire-up.”