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£1bn biomass plant to create 1,700 jobs in Wales

Mon, 1 Feb 2016

Work is about to begin on a £1bn combined food and power plant on the Welsh island of Anglesey, which is set to create 1,700 jobs, including 500 permanent roles, by 2018.

The plant, to be built on the site of the former Anglesey Aluminium site near Holyhead and run by Orthios Eco Parks, is expected to create about 1,200 construction jobs, according to the BBC. 

Once completed, the plant would use waste wood to create power and with the heat produced, heat indoor prawn farm pools. Prawn waste will be used to fertilise vegetable crops.

The 500 permanent roles would include about 120 positions in the energy plant and the rest in the food production business. 

The plant is one of two planned for Wales – another is expected to be built at Port Talbot – and follows £2bn in Chinese investment. 

Elsewhere in Wales, the BBC reports that 120 jobs will be created and 290 safeguarded in Newport following a £3m loan from the Welsh government.

The cash will help Quinn Radiators expand its business, which is based at the city’s Imperial Park.

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