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BEI-Teesside power station
The proposed BEI-Teesside power station
Coordinates54°35′02″N 1°12′54″W / 54.584°N 1.215°W / 54.584; -1.215Coordinates: 54°35′02″N 1°12′54″W / 54.584°N 1.215°W / 54.584; -1.215
Construction cost£150 million (expected)
Owner(s)Bio Energy Investments
Thermal power station
Primary fuelBiomass
Power generation
Nameplate capacity49 MW
External links

BEI-Teesside is a planned biomass power station, expected to be built on the River Tees at Port Clarence.


The scheme was first announced in late 2009.[1] It was developed by Bio Energy Investments (BEI), and the plant designed by Heatherwick Studio. The plant was granted planning permission on 17 March 2010, with construction expected to start later that year. The plant was expected to be completed in 2012, at a cost of £150 million, while creating 200 construction jobs and 40 full-time jobs when the plant is complete.[2]

The land earmarked for the construction of the plant is a 6 hectare brownfield site alongside the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, which hasn't been used in 50 years since the Clarence Iron Works were demolished.[3] The plant would occupy 2 hectares of the site, with the rest being landscaped.[2]

However the prospect of the plant being built at all was put into doubt in June 2011 when BEI announced that without financial support from the Government, they would cancel the scheme, with the company being wound up.[1] Construction began in January 2016.[4]


The plant is expected to be fueled by reprocessed pine kernel shells, to generate 49 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 50,000 homes.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Green energy scheme under threat". Evening Gazette. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "BEI Teeside Power Plant, United Kingdom". Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2010.[unreliable source?]
  3. ^ "Lower Clarence Wharf, Teesside - Proposed biomass power plant" (PDF). December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Construction of Teesside Biomass Plant begins". Lagan Construction Group. Retrieved 16 August 2016.