The plan to develop a £1 billion combined biomass power and food plant on the Isle of Anglesey will still go ahead despite the withdrawal of investors Sino Fortune Group, say developers Orthios Group.
The biomass plant and Eco Park will be developed on a site in Holyhead formerly occupied by an aluminium smelter operated by Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd. Outline planning is already in place for the Orthios Eco Park, consisting of a 299 MWe Biomass Energy Centre and Eco Park which is expected to create around 500 jobs, with more detailed planning requests to be submitted soon.
“Orthios still remains committed to the development of the first eco park in Anglesey” a spokesman for the company told the BBC. “A planning application for the next phase of the eco park development of the Anglesey site will shortly be submitted, with an anticipated public consultation this spring.”
Dylan Williams, head of economic development at Anglesey council, added that there had never been any formal funding agreement but that it was the understanding of Anglesey Council that the company was now looking for alternative sources of finance.
The nub of the project will be the energy centre generating 299 MWe of sustainable electricity from biomass. The waste heat and carbon dioxide resulting from the electrical generation will be directed to an energy management centre and from there into a complex of buildings in the Anglesey Eco Park, one of which will be the world’s largest on land aquaculture facility, producing millions of kilos of fresh shrimp and fish per year incorporating a filleting, packaging and freezing plant.
The energy centre is expected to provide 150 skilled jobs with the Anglesey Eco Park generating another 350 jobs during the first phase of construction.