The power station is the first phase of an integrated bioenergy development on a 36-hectare site, located 4km from the port of Immingham. Using around 430,000 tonnes of biomass each year, the plant will generate enough renewable electricity for around 100,000 houses, saving over 450,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

A significant amount of the sustainable feedstock required for the Stallingborough plant is expected to come from the UK. While Helius Energy has already arranged contracts for the supply of the majority of the sustainable biomass feedstock required by the plant, the company is keen to discuss opportunities with other potential suppliers.

The plant will also produce heat and options to use the heat produced by the plant either on site or locally are also being considered. The site will also incorporate an area dedicated to wildlife conservation and construction of Phase-I, the biomass energy plant, costing approximately GBP200 million, is expected to start later in 2008 and is expected to be operational by 2011.

John Seed, managing director of Helius Energy, said: This consent allows Helius Energy to begin to implement our plans for the production of renewable electricity from sustainable biomass. Now that we have been granted consent by the secretary of state we look forward to working closely with North East Lincolnshire Council to bring this project to completion.