Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

    1. What is the Tilbury Green Power Plant?
      The Tilbury Green Power Plant is a renewable energy power plant fuelled by waste wood, located within the Port of Tilbury, Essex. The Plant has a capacity of around 40 megawatts (MW).
    2. Where is the Tilbury Green Power Plant located?
      The Plant is located on previously developed land within the Port of Tilbury, Essex, on the banks of the River Thames. The former use of the development site was the Cargill Sweetener Plant, which ceased operation in 2005.
    3. Who developed the Tilbury Green Power Plant?
      The Plant was developed by Tilbury Green Power Limited, the major shareholders of which are ESB and the UK Green Investment Bank, BWSC (the Plant’s main construction contractor) and AET (the Plant’s boiler manufacturer) are also shareholders in the Project.
    4. Why is this Plant needed?
      The Plant plays a valuable role in helping the UK meet its target of producing 20% of its energy from renewable sources.  It also helps to improve the security of the UK’s energy supplies, and reduce the amount of waste disposed at landfill sites or exported from the UK.
    5. What benefits does the Plant bring to the area?
      In addition to generating a significant number of employment opportunities during the initial construction and operation phase, the Plant provides direct and indirect supply opportunities for local businesses.The Plant is saving a significant amount of waste wood from being disposed at landfill or exported from the UK and plays a valuable role in contributing to the UK’s renewable energy targets, waste reduction targets and energy security objectives. The creation of new ecological habitat areas as part of the development has also increased biodiversity in the local area.
    6. Is the energy generated by the Plant used locally?
      The electricity is exported to the local distribution network at Tilbury Town and from there is distributed by UK Power Networks and National Grid to areas of demand.

Construction

    1. When was the Plant operational?
      The Plant commenced operations in January 2019.
    2. What did the construction process involve?
      In order to allow construction of the Plant, any underground structures present from the site’s former use (such as foundations and floor slabs, and a small number of redundant buildings), had to be removed from the development area. In addition to paving the way for the construction of the Plant, the operation recovered around 600 tonnes of scrap metal and 15,000 tonnes of crushed concrete. The crushed concrete was re-used during construction of the Plant.

Operations

    1. How does the Plant operate?
      The Plant is designed to operate continuously. There are short periods each year where the Plant will not be operational, to allow for maintenance to be undertaken.
    2. How much renewable electricity does the Plant generate?
      The Plant has a capacity of around 40 megawatts (MW) and produces up to 319,000 MWh of renewable electricity each year – enough to supply around 97,000 average homes.
    3. What fire prevention measures have been adopted?
      Extensive consultation has been undertaken with the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Thurrock Council and the Environment Agency regarding the fire prevention and control measures to be adopted, to ensure the safe operation of the Plant. All waste wood and wood chip stored on site are actively managed and monitored in a number of ways, including thermal imagery cameras and heat detectors, to allow any heat build-up to be identified and remedial action taken. A range of fire fighting measures are adopted, including water cannons, sprinkler systems and fire water hydrants.
    4. How is wood transported to the site?
      All waste wood is transported to the Plant by road, along agreed delivery routes. Approximately 50 deliveries per day are received, Monday to Saturday.

Employment

  1. How many jobs were created during construction?
    Approximately 420 jobs were created during the construction phase.
  2. How many jobs are created during operation?
    Approximately 50 permanent jobs have been created.
  3. Do TGP employ local staff?
    Where possible, TGP promote employment opportunities within the local area to support the operation of the Plant. Further details are provided in the Employment Opportunities page.
  4. Will local contractors and suppliers be able to tender for work at the Plant?
    Where possible, TGP promote the use of local suppliers from within the local area to support the construction and operation of the Plant. Further details are provided in the Supplier Opportunities page.

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