Andrew Percy MP, minister for the Northern Powerhouse, has officially opened Protos, Peel Environmental’s £700m flagship energy project.
Protos comprises a 134-acre development site near Ellesmere Port and is the only energy-focused development in the Northern Powerhouse Investment Opportunities Portfolio unveiled in late 2016.
Infrastructure for the first phase is now complete, with a 19-turbine wind farm in operation and a 21.5MW biomass facility under construction. New drone footage of progress at the scheme has been released.
Percy said: “The energy sector is pivotal to our industrial strategy, ensuring the country has the infrastructure it needs to support economic growth long into the future. The new Protos energy hub, right at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, will help create skilled jobs and attract significant investment for the region.”
Myles Kitcher, managing director at Protos, said: “Protos is a game-changer for the region and we are proud to be at the heart of energising the North’s industrial strategy. The Minister’s recognition of the substantial committed investment and our long-term ambition for the area is a real vote of confidence.”