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Plans for Hull biomass energy plant unveiled

The dockside location of the proposed site
Image caption The council said it would reinforce the city's position as the forefront of the low carbon economy

Plans have been unveiled for a wood-burning power station in Hull which would generate enough electricity for more than 95,000 homes.

Power company Real Ventures want to build a biomass energy centre on Queen Elizabeth Dock.

If the £130m project gets the go-ahead, it is expected to bring about 200 jobs.

Hull councillor Steven Bayes said it would reinforce the city's "position as the forefront of the low carbon economy".

The plant would burn tiny pellets of waste wood shipped in from Europe and beyond.

Mike Hammond, from Real Ventures, said: "We can make these massive savings in carbon.

"Biomass is actually neutral, it can only emit the same as it absorbs."

The company said the project would bring about 200 construction jobs to the area and would have an operational lifespan of at least 25 years, resulting in 35 long-term job opportunities.

The planning application is expected to be submitted to Hull City Council in April and if approved construction work could start by the end of the year.

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