Where is the site located?
The site for the proposed Renewable Energy Plant is an area of industrial land at the Kopper/ Clarence Works on the north bank of the River Tees, close to the well-known Transporter Bridge.
How was the local community consulted?
The local community were consulted as part of the local planning authority’s period of formal public consultation prior to determination of the planning application. The planning application was secured in July 2014.
When did the construction of the plant start?
Construction of the plant began in November 2015.
What is the HGV traffic route to site?
HGV traffic accesses and egresses the site via the A1185 (from the A19/ A689 roundabout), then the A178 Seaton Carew Road, then Huntsman Drive and another unnamed road. The site has two points of access. The main point of vehicular access comes from the north via Huntsman Drive in Port Clarence. The secondary access is to the south where pedestrian and cycleway routes, and an emergency access is available from the quayside road that links the site back to the A1046 Port Clarence Road.
How are the air emissions regulated?
The air emissions from the plant are controlled by the Environment Agency. A permit has been granted for Port Clarence Energy which sets out the conditions of operation for the plant. The conditions will include requirements to monitor and report on emissions to the EA.
What is the overall cost of the project?
It’s a £160m project and was purchased by Glennmont Partners on behalf of its dedicated clean energy fund, Glennmont Clean Energy Fund Europe II.
What are the benefits to the local economy?
Port Clarence is a long-term investment in the Teesside economy and North East region. The construction of the plant has employed up to 300 people at full capacity and every effort has been made to employ as many local people as possible. Once the plant becomes fully operational, 30 people will be employed.