Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


    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 will have 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 is developing the Tilbury Green Power Plant?
      The Plant is being 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 will play a valuable role in helping the UK meet its target of producing 20% of its energy from renewable sources. It will also help 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 will the Plant bring to the area?
      In addition to generating a significant number of employment opportunities during construction and operation, the Plant will result in direct and indirect supply opportunities for local businesses.The Plant will also save a significant amount of waste wood from being disposed at landfill or exported from the UK, and will play a valuable role in contributing 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 will also increase biodiversity in the local area.
    6. Will the energy generated by the Plant be used locally?
      The electricity will be exported to the local distribution network at Tilbury Town, and from there will be distributed by UK Power Networks and National Grid to areas of demand.


    1. When will the Plant be operational?
      The Plant is currently under construction and will be completed and operational around mid-2017.
    2. What will 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), need to be removed from the development area. In addition to paving the way for the construction of the Plant, this operation recovered around 600 tonnes of scrap metal and 15,000 tonnes of crushed concrete. This crushed concrete will be re-used during construction of the Plant.
    3. What are the hours of construction?
      The hours of construction are limited by Thurrock Council, to 07:00am and 7:00pm Monday to Friday and 08:00am and 5:00pm on Saturdays, with no construction on Bank Holidays. Construction work can take place outside these times provided such works do not result in an increase to background noise levels.
    4. What efforts will be made to minimise dust and noise during construction?
      A number of measures have been agreed with Thurrock Council to minimise dust and noise during construction. Such measures include:

      • Restrictions on the days and times that certain construction works and impact pile driving can be undertaken.
      • Dampening of ground to reduce dust emissions.
      • Wheel washing of vehicles as they leave the construction site.
      • Establishment of noise, dust and vibration limits at a number of monitoring locations within the local community throughout the construction period.
    5. Will the local community be kept updated during the construction phase?
      TGP is committed to ensuring that the local community is kept informed at all stages of the construction process, through this website, regular community newsletters and regular interaction with the TGP Liaison Committee.


    1. How will the Plant operate?
      The Plant is designed to operate continuously. There will be short periods each year where the Plant will not be operational, to allow for maintenance to be undertaken.
    2. How much renewable electricity will the Plant generate?
      The Plant will have capacity of around 40 megawatts (MW) and will produce up to 319,000 MWh of renewable electricity each year – enough to supply around 97,000 average homes.
    3. What fire prevention measures will be 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 will be 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 also included, including water cannons, sprinkler systems and fire water hydrants.
    4. How will wood be transported to the site during construction?
      All waste wood will be transported to the Plant by road, along agreed delivery routes. Around 50 deliveries per day will be received, Monday to Saturday.


  1. How many jobs will be created during construction?
    A peak of around 420 jobs will be created during the construction phase.
  2. How many jobs will be created during operation?
    Around 50 permanent jobs will be created during operation of the Plant.
  3. Will TGP employ local staff?
    Where possible, TGP shall promote employment opportunities within the local area to support the construction and 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 shall 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.