Work begins on new £16m energy infrastructure project in Ellesmere Port after plans given green light

Work has begun on a new electricity grid connection at an energy hub near Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Planning consent has been secured from Cheshire West & Chester Council allowing work to start on two new substations, and a new grid connection.

The work is being done by Peel Environmental – part of Peel L&P – at the Protos energy hub site.

More than £16m is being invested as the developer looks to futureproof the £700m strategic energy hub.

The 54-hectare development near Ellesmere Port clusters together innovative technologies in energy generation and resource management alongside energy-intensive businesses.

The work will provide essential grid capacity enabling Protos to generate low carbon energy that, in the future, could be supplied directly to industrial and domestic customers.

The infrastructure work is essential to enabling the future of Protos, with a pipeline of energy generators already secured, including a 49MW energy-from-waste plant and the UK’s first commercial scale bio-substitute gas plant being developed by Progressive Energy – both of which are due to start construction this year.

A planning application for a waste plastic to hydrogen facility is also due to be determined in the coming months.

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