Residents are encouraged to keep the windows closed while the smoke flows out of the biomass plant on the second day

Residents have been urged to keep their windows closed as the smoke flowed out of a biomass plant for the second day.

Smoke billowed originally from silo number three at TeesREP Power Station in the early hours of Monday.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and 480 workers were asked to stay home as firewood fuel continued to burn in the silo.

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Nitrogen was added to the silo in an attempt to keep the fire under control.

Tuesday afternoon, black smoke came from a silo and filled the air for the second time at Teesport.

The Cleveland Fire Brigade returned to the site, which was formally MGT Power, for another day to deal with the incident.

The service said: “There may be some smoke in the area, so we advise local residents to close doors and windows.”

Firefighters attended the scene at Teesport

MGT Teesside, which owns the factory on Tees Dock Road, said no one was injured in the incident.

A spokesman for MGT said: “The smoldering fuel incident at the Tees Renewable Energy Plant is underway.

“We work with the Cleveland Fire Brigade and do everything we can to resolve the issue safely as quickly as possible, but it is a complex issue that may take a little longer to resolve.

“There are no injuries and the site is currently closed for regular operations.”

Local residents have been urged to close their windows
Local residents have been urged to close their windows

On-site crews tried to empty the giant 70-foot-long silo of wood pellets, according to unconfirmed reports.

A source who is at the scene said: “It is filled to the brim. They will probably empty it overnight.”

A spokesman for PD Ports added: “The incident at MGT is still ongoing.

“We are aware of the increased levels of smoke emitted from the plant and we continue to contact MGT and the fire department for further updates.

“We continue to follow the guidance of the fire department leading the incident, supported by the Local Resilience Forum.”

The huge biomass plant for £ 650 million. is almost ready to be turned on.

A large consignment of wood pellets sailed into Teesport this year to fire up the giant boilers and take the plant into its commissioning phase.

When it’s up and running, it will employ an operations team of about 100 people with about 300 more in the supply chain.

It is not known how the fire will affect the ignition process.

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