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Section 36 Consent Variation

MGT Teesside Limited has consent pursuant to section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate the Tees Renewable Energy Plant. Since the approval there have been some modifications made to the design of the Plant and so MGT Teesside Limited has submitted an application pursuant to section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 and sections 90(2) and 90(2ZA) of the Town & Country Planning Act to vary the section 36 consent and a section 90 Direction for deemed planning permission for the plant.

The application to vary the Section 36 Consent and Section 90 Direction is for:

  • An increase in permitted generating capacity from 295 MW to 299 MW;
  • The potential to use a variety of biomass fuel types;
  • Design revisions to the indicative physical proportions and layout of some of the buildings;
  • An increase in the boundary of the Development site to include the re-routing of a conveyor from a berth that directly adjoins the Development site.

The full application, the original s36 consent and the Addendum to the Environmental Statement with a Non-Technical Summary which considers the environmental effects of the changes proposed to those described in the original Environmental Statements that were submitted and referred to in the original Section 36 Consent can be accessed here.

The full application and supporting documentation can be accessed here. The original s36 consent and the Addendum to the Environmental Statement with a Non-Technical Summary which considers the environmental effects of the changes proposed to those described in the original Environmental Statements that were submitted and referred to in the original Section 36 Consent can be accessed here. We hope you have sufficient information in order to fully consider the proposed variations, however, if you have any queries or require further information please do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone on 07813121616 or by email on anju.sanehi@mgtpower.com. Any objections to or other representations on the variation application should do so in writing to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change c/o: Robert Pridham, Department of Energy and Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2AW or by email to Robert.Pridham@decc.gsi.gov.uk. All representations should be received no later than 10 August 2015.



The Tees Renewable Energy Plant (Tees REP) is a proposed 299MW biomass power station that will generate electricity for the equivalent of 600,000 homes, 24 hours a day. The scheme will help to meet the UKs legally binding renewable energy target of 15% of all energy consumed by 2020, accounting for around 1% of the target. It will save about 1.2million tonnes of CO2 per year by displacing a mix of coal and natural gas from UK generation.

The Tees REP will be fuelled by wood pellets and chips, which will be imported by ship from sustainable forestry sources primarily from the United States. The wood pellets are produced from the co-products of the saw-timber industry and are sourced entirely from commercial forestry, which does not contribute to deforestation because forestry is always re-established after removals. The suppliers of our pellets and chips will be subject to regular third party audits to ensure the ongoing sustainability of our supply chain.

While there are some greenhouse gas emissions associated with this form of renewable energy, the savings in emissions versus fossil fuel based electricity are still very good and emissions are capped at 180 gCO2e/kWh (although in practise we expect them to be much lower) compared to levels of 800 - 1000 gCO2e/kWh for coal combustion. Biomass is fundamentally carbon neutral in nature since re-growth replaces harvest creating a closed loop of carbon, with the small amount of emissions coming from the harvest, processing and transportation of the biomass.

As part of the development process, MGT Teesside has consulted widely with national and local organisations, as well as the local community, about all aspects of the plants construction and future operation. In November 2008, Redcar & Cleveland Council approved the project and the scheme has now received approval under Section 36 of the Electricity Act. A variation to the Section 36 was submitted in June 2015 details of which can be downloaded from the link below.

The Tees Renewable Energy Plant has signed a Contract for Difference with the Low Carbon Contracts Company and is expected to enter commercial operation in 2019.

Click here to download the January 2010 Addendum (Minor Alterations) to the 2008 EIA: Downloads

Click here to download the June 2015 Variation to the Section 36: Downloads