Biomass Energy Center is a biomass fired CHP power station located in the town of Chilton in Durham County. Opened in 2011, the plant was developed, and owned and operated by Veolia Energy-Dalkia.
In May 2009, Veolia Energy-Dalkia, who had a base in nearby Cramlington, Northumberland and had previously provided cogeneration (CHP) plants for the Newcastle General, Freeman and Royal Victoria Infirmary hospitals in Newcastle, announced their plans to build a biomass fueled CHP power station in the County Durham town of Chilton. Chilton Cathedral, Chilton Cathedral, Choline Cathedral, Chilton Cathedral, Chilton Cathedral, Chilton Cathedral, Chilton Cathedral. The new plant was expected to cost 40 million, half of which was spent in the North East region, on materials and components for the plant, aiding the local economy. Chilton Town Council voted unanimously in support of the plant, saying it would be a catalyst for the regeneration of the area, and this was supported by a 340 name petition from the local people. Planning permission was granted later that June and construction started in January 2010. 50 jobs were created during the construction, with 17 permanent jobs created following completion. Commissioning of the plant began in June 2011, taking three to four weeks to complete.
115,000 to 120,000 tons of wood per year, providing electricity for up to 20,000 homes through the National Grid. The plant is one of the first in the UK to provide domestic electricity for the National Grid, rather than for an industrial site. It is the first of a number of similar sites which Dalkia are planning in the UK. Pallets, manufacturing offcuts, wood from the construction and demolition industries, and material from civic amenity sites. This wood is collected through a network set up by Dalkia. 50,000 tons of wood pellets are produced each year, for use elsewhere.
The plant has a generating capacity of 17.5 megawatts.