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Grimbsy Telegraph: MP Martin Vickers bids to resurrect Immingham biomass plant scheme


CLEETHORPES MP Martin Vickers has secured a meeting with the Government to discuss the recent scrapping of a biomass plant at Immingham.


Mr Vickers and Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy will meet Energy Minister John Hayes in the next few weeks.


It comes after Drax Power and Siemens Project Ventures announced they were abandoning plans for a £600-million biomass-fuelled power plant due to a lack of Government support.


The 290MW project would have created 150 permanent jobs while boosting local construction and maintenance sectors.


Mr Vickers said: “I asked for a meeting with the Energy Minister and he’s agreed to meet me and Andrew Percy to discuss how the decision has impacted on the local economy.


“Basically, we’ll be trying to find out if there’s any hope of resurrecting the scheme.”


The biomass plant was destined for land just outside Port of Immingham’s western entrance. The Heron Renewable Energy Plant would have taken feedstock direct from vessels discharging at Humber International Terminal.


A similar plan for Selby was scrapped in February, while a Hull proposal was also ruled out in 2009.