UK: What next for the enormous £160m Tees biomass plant that was never switched on?

It was mothballed and has been standing idle since 2019. The Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant was originally due for a 2018 opening.

The owners of a mothballed biomass plant are still ‘working to bring it online – three years after the original switch-on date. The £160m Port Clarence Energy Plant has been standing idle on the banks of the Tees since 2019. It created hundreds of jobs for the area during construction, with 300 on-site at one point. But a series of big delays pushed back the opening date which meant the plant missed the 2018 deadline for a crucial Government subsidy scheme, according to reports.

Now investor Glennmont Partners are understood to be considering a change of plan – including the option of converting the facility to a more lucrative Energy-from-Waste scheme. A spokesperson for the firm said: ““Glennmont are still working to secure a positive solution for Port Clarence and won’t be providing any further comment.”

Construction on the massive plant first started six years ago.