10 May 2013
Managing Editor of Waste Management World magazine
The proposal would see a 26 MW thermal treatment waste to energy plant built co-located e on Kellingley Colliery, near Beal, which would also supply heat to the local area.
According to Peel, the proposed centre will be built on an underused area of land on the south-western side of the colliery site, close to existing structures and will be designed to ‘fit’ with these as closely possible.
Apart from the chimney stack, the company said that all buildings associated with the centre have been designed at a lower height than the existing buildings and structures.
Feedstock for the planned facility would comprise non-hazardous residual waste left after recycling from a range of sources across the region, including industrial, commercial and household waste.
The company held two public exhibitions last year to inform the public of the scope of the £200 million Southmoor Energy Centre project.
Since launching the scheme, Peel Environmental has also carried out a pre-application consultation programme with the local community, including two community newsletters, public exhibitions for local resident, and establishing a Local Liaison Committee.
“Feedback from our pre-application consultation with the local community has helped shape our proposals, which has included carrying out feasibility studies into the use of rail and canal for the transportation of fuel to the energy centre,” commented Richard Barker, development manager, Peel Environmental.
According to Barker the rail study was particularly positive, and showed that up to 170,000 tonnes of waste could betransported to the facility by rail without impacting on the existing network.
“If approved, the scheme will provide a number of benefits including the operation of an efficient Combined Heat and Power system, which will use waste as a fuel to release energy,” said Barker.
“It will use up to 280,000 tonnes per year of non-hazardous residual waste including industrial, commercial and possibly household from across the region, diverting it from landfill and producing renewable energy,” he concluded.
Source: Waste Management World