The Government has given the green light for a new 95-megawatt power plant to be built at Ince in Cheshire. The plant will be capable of turning 600,000 tonnes of waste each year into power and heat.
The waste, which would have otherwise gone to landfill, will be turned into fuel pellets and used to generate electricity to power a new Resource Recovery Park.
This approval follows a public inquiry held into both the power plant and the Resource Recovery Park. The project will be developed by Peel Environmental on a 100-hectare site at Ince Marshes on the edge of the Manchester Ship Canal.
Peel Environmental, which manages and develops the Peel Group’s waste and mineral assets, has just been given the go-ahead to build a specialist industrial park for the environmental technologies sector with a 95 megawatt (MW) waste-to-power plant in Cheshire.
The Ince Resource Recovery Park in Cheshire is one of several such parks Peel is planning to develop across the UK. The Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) power plant, which was given the greenlight by the Government this week, will have a capacity for 600,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste per annum – diverting waste from across the North West from landfill.
The large, centralised plant will take RDF from several local mechanical biological treatment facilities, which Peel Environmental claim, will be more efficient and cheaper than building and running several RDF plants. Peel said it was also focusing on the environmental impact of transporting the RDF to the plant and is aiming to create a multi-modal facility that will take HGVs off the roads, so rail and canals will be utilised to transport the RDF in from across the region.
Commenting on the development, this week, Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt, said: “We need to increase our use of renewable energy and to find solutions to the UK’s waste problem. This power plant will convert over half a million tonnes of waste each year into energy. The Inspector recommended the power plant be granted consent after a thorough public inquiry. I am satisfied that the mitigation measures to be put in place will protect the amenity of local villages.”
The Ince RDF plant will be designed as a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, where the fuel runs through a combustion process to produce steam, which in turn passes through a turbine to produce electricity and will supply heat and steam to the adjacent industrial developments. Excess electricity will also be exported to the National Grid.
Myles Kitcher, director, Peel Environmental Ltd, said: “We are pleased with the decision of both Secretaries of State to grant consent for the Ince Resource Recovery Park. It provides a significant opportunity for the North West to be at the forefront of the UK’s low carbon industrial strategy and to benefit from inward investment and a range of new jobs. Against the current economic climate and drive for more carbon conscious development this decision couldn’t have come at a better time.
“We also recognise that capturing such opportunities brings the responsibility to work with and address the concerns of local communities. We are committed to working with local people to ensure that proposals are undertaken in an open and transparent manner with consultation and liaison throughout the development.”
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